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Sing for Beijing

Sing for Beijing: Concert of NCPA Commissioned Works

Venue:Concert Hall
Dates:October 11, 2018

About

Since 2015, the NCPA has presented new commissioned works at concerts with different themes every year. This year, the concert will focus on the theme “New Era, New Beijing”, introduce musical works about Beijing in the new era and sparkle cultural charms of the city.

Programme

Music: YIN Qing
Lyrics: CHEN Xiaoqi
My Beijing
Tenor: JIN Zhengjian
 
Music: YIN Qing
Lyrics: WANG Xiaoling
One Night in Beijing
Mezzo Soprano: YANG Yanting
 
Music: ZANG Yunfei
Lyrics: WANG Xiaoling
The New Beijing
Soprano: LI Mengjia
Tenor: WANG Kai
 
Music: YANG Fan
Lyrics: YIN Xiangtao
Fly with the Dream
Performer: LIU Songhu
 
Music: HAO Weiya
Lyrics: QIAO Fang
Beijing Waltz
Soprano: YAO Hong
Mezzo Soprano: DONG Fang
 
Music: CAI Dongzhen
Lyrics: QU Yuan
Ballad of Beijing
Soprano: LI Xintong
 
Music: ZHAO Jiping
Lyrics: LIAO Yong
The Invitation of Beijing
Soprano: ZHANG Ningjia
Tenor: WANG Kai
 
Music: ZHANG Qianyi
Lyrics: QU Yuan
Beijing
Performer: China NCPA Chorus

——Intermission——

Music: DU Mingxin
Piano and Orchestra Ode to Beijing
Pianist: YUAN Fang

Music: MENG Weidong
Lyrics: ZOU Jingzhi
Linglong Tower, from Symphony Chorus Beijing Chorus
Xihe Drum Opera Performer: ZHAO Ning
China NCPA Chorus
 
Music: TANG Jianping
Lyrics: ZOU Jingzhi
Bell and Drum Tower, from Symphony Chorus Beijing Chorus
Peking Opera Performer: LIU Mingzhe
Soprano: LI Xintong
China NCPA Chorus

Creative

CHEN Xiaoqi
Song Writer

YIN Qing
Composer

WANG Xiaoling
Song Writer

ZANG Yunfei
Composer

YIN Xiangtao
Song Writer

YANG Fan
Composer

QIAO Fang
Song Writer

HAO Weiya
Composer

QU Yuan
Song Writer, Poet

CAI Dongzhen
Composer

LIAO Yong
Composer

ZHAO Jiping
Composer

ZHANG Qianyi
Composer

DU Mingxin
Composer

ZOU Jingzhi
Libretto

MENG Weidong
Composer

TANG Jianping
Composer

Conductor

LÜ Jia

The Chinese conductor LÜ Jia's work has received great acclaim internationally. Born into a musical family in Shanghai, LÜ began studying piano and cello at a very young age. He later studied conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, under the tutelage of esteemed conductor ZHENG Xiaoying. At the age of 24, LÜ entered the University of Arts in Berlin, where he continued his studies under Professor Hans-Martin Rabenstein and Robert Wolf. The following year, he was awarded both the First Prize and Jury’s Prize at the Antonio Pedeotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy, and launched his career as a conductor.

Over the past decades, he has conducted over 2,000 orchestral concerts and opera performances in Europe and America, and became the first Asian conductor to serve as the artistic director of a major Italian opera house, as well as the first Chinese conductor to lead Chicago Symphony. He has worked with important productions at the Bayersiche Staatsoper in Munich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and La Scala in Milan, as well as opera houses in Lausanne, Turin, Rome, Naples, Verona, Venice, Florence, Frankfurt and Stuggart. He has also worked with many renowned orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Lyon National Orchestra in France, Finnish Radio Symphony, Hamburg Radio Symphony, Bamberg Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and many others across Europe, America and Australia.

LÜ Jia was the first Chinese conductor to record Felix Mendelssohn’s complete orchestral works, and also the only conductor so far who has recorded the complete works by the important Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm. His interpretations of German Classical Romanticism and French Impressionists have been praised for their “extremely convincing musical interpretation" with "musical precision and perfect baton technique.” Having directed nearly 50 operas in Italy and Germany, homelands of the European opera tradition, he has also been praised by Italian music critics as “a conductor who understands Italian opera even better than the Italians themselves do ”. In 2007, his performance of La Gazza Ladra at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro was voted as European Opera Production of the Year. That same year, in recognition of his important contribution to musical culture in Italy, LÜ Jia was awarded the President’s Prize by President Giorgio Napolitano. In 2012, the Placido Domingo's Operalia: The World Opera Competition invited LÜ Jia to serve on the jury, making him the Competition’s first-ever Chinese jury member.

In 2012, LÜ Jia was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Opera at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing China. Under his musical direction, NCPA's own productions of Lohengrin, The Flying Dutchman, Otello, La Nozze di Figaro, Un Ballo in Maschera, Tosca, and many other works have been well-received by the audience. In the meantime, the China NCPA Orchestra, under LÜ's baton, has fast established itself as one of the leading new ensembles in the orchestral world in China, presenting impressive performances season after season.

In 2017, LÜ Jia has been appointed as Artistic Director of Music of NCPA, Music Director and Chief Conductor of China NCPA Orchestra. Before taking up his current posts in Beijing, LÜ served as Music Director at Verona Opera, Artistic Director at Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, as well as Chief Conductor at Trieste Opera, Symphony Orchestra of Florence, Lazio Chamber Orchestra of Rome and Norrkopping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. He is also the current Music Director of Macao Orchestra.

Artist

JIN Zhengjian
Tenor

YANG Yanting
Mezzo Soprano

LI Mengjia
Soprano

WANG Kai
Tenor

LIU Songhu
Baritone

YAO Hong
Soprano

DONG Fang
Mezzo Soprano

LI Xintong
Soprano

ZHANG Ningjia
Soprano

YUAN Fang
Pianist

ZHAO Ning
Xihe Drum Opera Performer

LIU Mingzhe
Peking Opera Performer

Presenter

China NCPA Orchestra

China NCPA Chorus

Source: National Centre for the Performing Arts
Date: 2018-10-08