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Conductor Gergiev leads LSO into town

SHANGHAI Grand Theater will present two distinct concerts in early March, a classic symphony and an ensemble of both Oriental and European works.

Russian conductor Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra will perform at Shanghai Grand Theater on March 4 and 5, while Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble will take the stage on March 7 at the same venue.

The LSO will present two sets of programs, both typical British and Russian works. Audiences will hear Britten's "Four Sea Interludes," Shostakovich's "Violin Concerto No.1" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No.6" on March 4, while Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Overture," Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No.3" and Shostakovich's "Symphony No.5" will be performed on March 5.

Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6 is widely credited as one of his best works. And according to Gergiev, the piece is so deep and beautiful that it touches the soul.

Prokofiev is one of Gergiev's favorite composers.

His Piano Concerto No.3 is a popular work that combines folk elements with complicated techniques, which is often used by pianists worldwide to show their skill.

Established in 1904, the LSO is widely regarded as one of the world's leading orchestras. It attracts elite musicians from all over the world, many of whom have flourishing solo, chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral work.

Gergiev was appointed as the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2007. It was a controversial appointment as many British people doubted whether the famous conductor would spend sufficient time and energy with the orchestra.

Gergiev has proved them wrong. He performs regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra around the world.

"London Symphony Orchestra has become an important part of my life," Gergiev says. "We create music and make every concert creative, distinctive and joyful."

The mysterious music of the Silk Road will be presented by cellist Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. The lineup includes "Silk Road Suite," "Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky: Kasida" (cello-kamancheh duo) and "Giovanni Sollima: Taranta Project."

The Silk Road Ensemble was founded by Ma in 1998 as a catalyst to promote innovation and learning through the arts. It takes inspiration from the historic Silk Road trading route and is used as a metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange.

The ensemble features renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries. Each member's career responds to the artistic challenges of our times: to maintain the integrity of art rooted in authentic traditions.

? London Symphony Orchestra

Date: March 4-5, 7:15pm

Tickets: 280-2,280 yuan

? Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble

Date: March 7, 7:30pm

Tickets: 180-1,200 yuan

Venue: Shanghai Grand Theater, 300 People's Ave

Tel: 962-388


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