Critically-acclaimed for both for its interpretation of standard repertoire and for premiering the works of Chinese composers, the 36 year old ensemble will make its U. S. debut at Carnegie Hall and then its debut before a Washington audience at Strathmore. Conducted by Maestro Tan Lihua, the ensemble will present both classical music of the European tradition, as well as Chinese symphonic music representative of China's rich culture. Interestingly, one of Beijing's brightest classical music stars, the 26 year old pianist Yuja Wang performs at the Music Center at Strathmore just a few days later. (Read an exclusive interview with Wang on page 74 of the October '13 issue of Washington Life Magazine)
Featured on the program will be two large works by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing. "The Lotus Overture," which was written in honor of the London 2012 Olympic Games and "Chou Kong Shan" (Desolate Mountain), a concerto for bamboo flutes and orchestra. Two ballet suites from Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juiliet' Prokofiev, the group will round out the program.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Strathmore box office at (301) 581-5100 or at the website: www.strathmore.org
IN CONCERT: The Beijing Symphony Orchestra
October 20, 7 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore
TICKETS: www.strathmore.org or (301) 581-5100
About the Beijing Symphony Orchestra:
Offering a wide range of performances in their unique Chinese style, the BSO has garnered abundant praise under the leadership of Musical Director and Principal Conductor, Maestro Tan Lihua. The BSO performs over 80 upscale concerts in different styles during every music season. In addition to the regular concerts conducted by Maestro Tan Lihua, the BSO has also collaborated with many of the most esteemed conductors worldwide, developing and promoting Chinese ethnic symphonic music and successfully incorporating this with works from every period by composers from different nations. The group’s most famous performances have been held at the prestigious Beijing New Year Concerts in the Great Hall of the People—an annual national broadcast, much revered in China. Performances have spanned many countries, including Germany, Austria, Croatia, Korea, the United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Serbia but this fall tour will be the orchestra’s first in America.
About Principal Conductor and Music Director Maestro Tan Lihua
As one of China’s most notable conductors, Tan Lihua is a frequent guest in many Chinese and international concert halls and has conducted a range of distinguished orchestras in Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Czech, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela and Panama. He was principal guest conductor at the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra from 2000–2001 and has been invited to conduct the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. He has collaborated with some of the most prestigious orchestras in China including the China National Symphony, the China Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestras.
Maestro Tan Lihua has debuted hundreds of new pieces by Chinese composers to audiences in China and beyond, and additionally, has worked to introduce a number of Western classical pieces to Chinese audiences including Dvorak’s Symphony No.7, Respighi’s symphonic poem Pina di Romas, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5.