Next week, to celebrate 120 years of Deutsche Grammophon, Long Yu will conduct the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a very special concert on Wednesday 10 October.
Wednesday’s concert will be held in the unique surroundings of Taimiao, the Imperial Ancestral Palace in The Forbidden City; a UNESCO World Heritage Site and complex that served as the home of emperors as well as the ceremonial and political centre of the Chinese government for almost 500 years. It will be the first classical music event to be held at the site since 2001.
They will preview the programme at Shanghai Symphony Hall on Sunday 7 October, before they travel to Beijing.
In an interview for The Green Room, Long shared his delight at joining the DG family: “It is a great honour and a pleasure to be a DG artist. The label is a symbol of such high quality, and it is a real moment of professional recognition for the SSO, which is turning into one of the leading orchestras in the world.” Read the full interview here.
Ahead of the celebratory concert, Long and the orchestra have also recorded their debut album for the label in Shanghai. Set for release next year and coinciding with the orchestra’s 140th anniversary, it will establish a dialogue between Chinese and European orchestral music in repertoire.
DG120 celebrations will continue throughout the 2018/19 season, with celebratory concerts taking place in Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Hong Kong, London, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. Find out more on the DG120 website.