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‘Pudong Symphony’ tribute to China’s reform and opening-up

THE “Pudong Symphony” Concert, created and performed by China National Symphony Orchestra, returns to Shanghai tomorrow to pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up.

The concert begins with a prelude of “Sunrise Over the Eastern Horizon,” followed by “Recollection of Pudong Folk Songs” and “Pudong Memories,” which highlights Pudong’s traditional culture by combining folk opera elements.

The first half concludes with “Skyline,” a 15-minute piano concerto written for the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China.

The second half of the concert is a suite composed of four movements created by four different composers.

“Footprint” showcases Shanghai’s revolutionary culture; “Rapidness” is an anthem to mark Pudong’s reform and innovative efforts in the past three decades; “Acquaintance” is a lyrical piece describing Pudong’s tolerant and romantic lifestyle; and “Hope” is a longing into the future, expressing Pudong’s confidence in the new era.

According to China National Symphony Orchestra, “Skyline,” “Footprint” and “Hope” were all created by composers born in the 1980s, adding to the youthfulness and vitality of the symphony’s work.

“Pudong Symphony” debuted at Shanghai Oriental Art Center last September and was performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing the same month.

It has been listed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism as a major domestic creation in 2018.

As part of the 12th China Art Festival, “Pudong Symphony” is back at Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

Date: May 20-21, 7:30pm

Tickets: 60-380 yuan

Address: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong New Area


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