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Franz Welser-Most & The Vienna Philharmonic

Date: Dec 2 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center

The Vienna Philharmonic, founded in 1842, is an orchestra considered to be one of the finest in the world. The Vienna Philharmonic is based at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Its members are selected from the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. Selection involves a lengthy process, with each musician demonstrating his or her capability for a minimum of three years' performance for the opera and ballet. After this probationary period, the musician may request an application for a position in the orchestra from the Vienna Philharmonic's board. Franz Welser-Most is one of the most distinguished conductors of our day. He has been music director of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2002 and his contract currently runs until 2022. The Cleveland Orchestra, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018, has been acclaimed by The New York Times as deserving the title of "the best in America", owing to its exceptional programming, including numerous premieres and innovative staged opera productions - in the coming season they will undertake Pelleas et Melisande - which draw deeply on the artistic profile of the long-term cooperation with Welser-Most.

NCPA Opera: Don Giovanni

Date: Nov 27 - Dec 1 - 7 pm

Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts

From Moliere, Byron, Pushkin, Alexandre Dumas to Merimee, the story of Don Giovanni came down in these European literary giants' writings for nearly 400 years. In 1787, Mozart wrote the opera Don Giovanni based on Lorenzo da Ponte's libretto, portraying a bold and romantic Don Giovanni who defies convention. With fantastically dramatic music, Mozart creates a lively dramatic atmosphere, and brings the characters of different classes, identities and personalities to life. The NCPA production of Don Giovanni is in homage to this classic that has been spread and sung for over two centuries. Music director of the NCPA Lyu Jia will render the essence of Mozart's music. After Lucia di Lammermoor, director and set designer Yannis Kokkos joins the NCPA production again to elaborate on how the licentious nobleman is punished, revealing the "avantgarde" sense of the opera when Mozart lives. Many domestic and foreign singers that have an outstanding performance in Mozart's operas will gather together to present the unique charms of the composer's music.

Tao Dance Theater: Weight X3&9

Date: Nov 24-25 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center

A rising star of contemporary dance in China, choreographer Tao Ye with his Tao Dance Theater has successfully drawn the attention of the globe. He is well known for seeking possibilities of the body to its limits as well as developing a dance style of formally rigorous, reduced abstractions that are nonetheless open to free association by the audience. In six, the cast is lined up near the back, their arms held taut, hands gathering up folds of their long, black skirts. Most of the choreographic action is concentrated on the tilting, circling, rippling action of their upper bodies. But in the hazy, flickering light that plays over them, they shape-shift into other worlds: at moments a chain-gang of workers - a human machine; at others a line of trees swaying in wind or the thick ropey current of a swollen river. Nine will present a scene that summarizes, but is nonetheless richer than the enclosed and completed "Circular Movement System". The connection between moving bodies will be extracted from this system, then reconfigured to form the self-identifiable choreographic vocabularies that constitute the movements of the nine dancers in nine.

Lord of the Rings in Concert in Beijing

Date: Dec 18-19 - 7 pm

Venue: Beijing Exhibition Center

The Lord of the Rings in Concert: The Fellowship of the Ring kicks off a three-year celebration during which each of the three Academy Award-winning films will be performed upon the 10th anniversary of its release. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) toured in 2011, The Two Towers (2002) in 2012, and the grand finale, The Return of the King (2003), in 2013. Composer Howard Shore said, "My first score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, was the beginning of my journey into the world of Tolkien, and I will always hold a special fondness for the music and the experience." Shore's score not only captures Fellowship's sweeping emotion, thrilling vistas and grand journeys, but also echoes the very construction of Tolkien's Middle-earth. Styles, instruments and performers collected from around the world provide each of Tolkien's cultures with a unique musical imprint. In operatic fashion, these musical worlds commingle, sometimes combining forces for a culminated power, other times violently clashing - and always bending to the will of the One Ring and its own ominous family of themes.

'More Than Love' Classic Movie Romantic Concert

Date: Dec 2 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Beijing Concert Hall

Yesterday Once More, written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis, is a hit song by the Carpenters from their 1973 album Now & Then. Composed in the key of E and as originally presented on the album, Yesterday Once More segues into a long medley, consisting of eight covers of 1960s tunes incorporated into a faux oldies radio program. The work takes up the entire B-side of the album. This performance combines many classic movie theme songs. Speak Softly, Love is a popular song published in 1972, with music by Nino Rota and lyrics by Larry Kusik. The song was first introduced as an instrumental theme in the 1972 film The Godfather that was simply known as Love Theme from The Godfather. My Heart Will Go On is a song recorded by Canadian singer Celine Dion. It serves as the main theme song to James Cameron's blockbuster film Titanic, that is based on an account of the British transatlantic ocean liner of the same name which sank in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. He's a Pirate is a 2003 track composed by Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer for the 2003 Disney film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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