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Pianists set the tune as festival begins

Performances will be held in communities and parks in Changning District in the next two months during an annual arts festival that kicked off yesterday.

Outdoor piano concerts will be held in October and November to celebrate Chopin’s 210th birthday and Beethoven’s 250th during the Hongqiao Art Festival, said Fang Lei, director of the Changning Culture and Tourism Bureau.

Over 90 events, including 30 online activities, will be held this year, Fang revealed.

Pianists from the Yangtze River Delta region and young winners of a piano competition will give regular performances at Zhongshan Park during the festival, while pianists from 10 countries and regions will be invited to play for the public at the central garden in Hongqiao.

Players will also perform on Yuyuan Road during the annual Yuyuan Road Piano Festival in October.

Venues for the piano festival that dates back to 1911 will include the balcony of a historical villa, a public art space, a cafe or a corridor between two buildings along the historic city road, which features the former residences of several Chinese musicians, such as pianist Gu Shengying (1937-1967).

During the opening concert at Zhongshan Park last year, Lithuanian pianist Rokas Valuntonis and the Mettis String Quartet performed on an outdoor lawn. Hundreds of residents living on the road were invited.




 

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