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City launches first outdoor classic festival

SHANGHAI Symphony Orchestra will hold the city's first outdoor classical musical festival next month called "Music in the Summer Air."

During August 12 to 22, orchestral music director Yu Long and Charles Dutoit, the principal conductor of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will guide the their two ensembles as well as Shanghai Quartet and China Trio.

Over 20 world-class musicians will perform in this festival, including Sumi Jo, Shen Yang, Wei Song, Liao Changyong, Yang Jie, Li Yundi, Kirill Gerstein, Chantal Juillet, Xu Zhong, Tang Junqiao, Song Xiaochen, Zhang Liang, Xia Xiaotang and Lin Daye.

"I am very excited to work again with my dear friend Yu Long who is always behind the great classical musical events taking place in China," Dutoit said. "Together, we are aiming at a very successful festival whose future should develop positively in the years to come and hopefully become one of the most important musical festivals in Asia."

The main stage will be erected at the junction of Fenyang Road and Huaihai Middle Road, in a huge tent of 1,500 square meters.

"We are expressing the concept of 'Classical is Classicool,' to make this festival relaxing and full of fun. We set the tickets price as low as 30 yuan and no higher than 300 yuan," Yu said. "But all the programs are carefully prepared to give enjoyment to the audiences."


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