Under the direction of Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis, the BBC Symphony Orchestra returns to China this summer for a six-date tour with performances in Shenzhen, Tianjin, Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.
Joined by mezzo soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers and pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, the orchestra will present three distinct programmes to Chinese audiences. In Shenzhen and Beijing, the programme begins with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, followed by Schoenberg’s arrangement of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 in E minor. In Tianjin, Nanjing and Shanghai, Pavel Kolesnikov joins the orchestra for the seminal Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, with the remainder of the programme featuring Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Huang Ruo’s Folk songs for orchestra.
For their second concert in Shanghai, the orchestra brings the atmosphere of the BBC Proms, performing Last Night classics including ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, arias from Samson et Dalila, La favorite and La Perichole, and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
We’re absolutely delighted to be working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and cannot wait to bring this exuberant orchestra and eclectic programme to Chinese audiences.
30 June: Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzen
2 July: Grand Theatre, Tianjin
3 July: National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
5 July: Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, Nanjing
6 – 7 July: Symphony Hall, Shanghai