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New Chinese vibe: Contemporary and classical

A FIVE-DAY celebration of contemporary classical music in China and abroad aims to increase Chinese music students' appreciation for contemporary music and encourage them to compose.
The Second New Music Week organized by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday, featuring 11 concerts, three lectures and three symposiums. It aims to offer the highest order of contemporary composition, of both artistic and academic excellence.
The opening concert at the He Luting Concert Hall (within the conservatory) features contemporary music for Chinese orchestras of traditional instruments.
Highlights will be three "portrait" concerts by three composers in residence at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Yang Liqing, retired president of the local conservatory, presents new works commissioned for the event.
Guo Wenjing presents two percussion pieces and the suite from his opera "A Madman's Diary," both highly anticipated in the music community.
Internationally known composer Stefan Gervasoni will present three pieces for strings.
"Composers' concerts, their master classes and lectures will help audience, students, performers and musicologists understand their music as well as their philosophy more thoroughly and comprehensively," says Wen Deqing, artistic director of the New Music Week.
Xie Yashuangzi and Xie Ya'ou will present a piano concert of works by George Crumb and Chinese composers.
The Switzerland Trio, cooperating with the Shanghai International Electronic Music Week, will premiere six works by composers in China and abroad.
The Pascal Schaer International Jazz Ensemble will stage a contemporary jazz concert by musicians from Switzerland, France and the United States.
The closing ceremony on Sunday will feature a viola recital by Jensen Lam, premiering six works commissioned by teachers at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
"This will definitely arouse music students' enthusiasm, because people are always interested in things around them, especially when it comes to their own teachers' compositions," says Wen.
"The New Music Week features China's contemporary creation of a high order," Wen adds. "It will also embody a new trend in international contemporary music, a return to nature."

Date: October 14-18
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