International Women's Day Concert 2019

Date:2019-03-04      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Concert Hall
Dates: March 07, 2019

Programme

Music: YAN Xiao’ou
Female Style March
 
Music: GUAN Naizhong
Green Willow
 Erhu Player: SONG Fei
 
Music: XU Zhenmin
The Impression of the Border
 
Music: Rossini
Una Voce Poco Fa, from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
 Soprano: Dilbèr
 
——Intermission——
 
Music: HUANG Anlun
Overture to opera YUE Fei
 
Music: Verdi
Overture to opera Nabucco
 
Music: Verdi
Overture to opera La traviata
 
Music: Weber
Overture to opera Oberon
 
Music: Mascagni
Intermezzo to opera Cavalleria Rusticana
 
Music: Bizet
Overture to opera Carmen
 
Music: Smetana
Opera The Bartered Bride

Conductor

ZHENG Xiaoying

Professor ZHENG Xiaoying is the Chief Conductor at the China National Opera House, Director of the Conducting Department of CCOM, Music Director of “Philharmonic Lady” Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra (XPO). ZHENG graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music, and then furthered her studies at Moscow State Conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky, Soviet Union.

Ms. ZHENG has staged a number of performances as the conductor in more than 20 countries. She has appeared on the international opera stage for many times. She has also won Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and two Russia-China Friendship Medals.

In addition, ZHENG is an experienced conductor professor in this regard, and she also plays an active role in public music events. She has gained a number of awards, such as “National Excellent Female Worker” and “the National Contribution Award for Senior Experts”. Das Erste ranked her as one of “the Brilliant Women of the World”, and Japan-based NHK included her in “the Illustrious Women of Asia”.

Between 1997 and 2013, invited by Xiamen city, she established Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra (XPO), which was the first state-sponsored private professional orchestra in China. The Orchestra has grown steadily under her leadership, gaining worldwide recognition. XPO has toured around many countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Australia, Italy, Canada, USA, Russia, Singapore, and Malaysia. It has also won titles like “National Advanced Public Organisation” honoured by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and “National 5A-Class Private Cultural Society”. The book, ZHENG Xiaoying: Conductor, Educator and Music Activist was included in Literary and Art Notables of Xiamen series.

Under the support of ZHENG Xiaoying Opera Arts Centre of Xiamen Institute of Technology, the Chinese version of the operas La Traviata and Don Pasquale, the campus version of the opera The Wistaria Flower as as well as YUE Fei’s concert have made their debuts in Fujian Province. ZHENG has been granted a number of awards, such as “the Special Contribution Award for China Opera Undertaking”, “the Wenhua Award for Excellent Conductor”, “Lifetime Achievement Award” at “Golden Bell Ceremony” honoured by China Literary Federation and Chinese Musicians' Association, as well as “Chinese Cultural Personage” Award. ZHENG has also been featured in the documentary Symphony of the Century: Chinese Symphonic Pathfinders. In 2014, the 85-year-old artist was conferred “Conductor Emeritus” by China National Opera House, and “National Senior Expert Pacesetter” by the Ministry of Culture. In 2015, she honoured “Honorary Advisor” by Fujian Song and Dance Theatre.

ZHENG is still actively engaged in many music events in Beijing and other cities in China. She has always devoted herself to leading more people to savour the music, and contributed to the development of music and culture in China, which has earned her great accolade among the global music community.

Presenter

Beijing Symphony Orchestra

The Beijing Symphony Orchestra was founded in October 1977. In the 1990s, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra underwent a significant reform and reorganization under the leadership of artistic director TAN Lihua. The orchestra has held annual musical events for over ten years, with 90-100 concerts given each year. Starting with the classics, the orchestra has performed nearly 1,000 musical works, including operatic music, symphonic music, chamber music and contemporary music. It has cooperated with world-renowned maestros, instrumentalists and famous international orchestras to expand its repertoire. The Forbidden City Concert Hall, situated in the imperial garden, belongs to the Beijing Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra has worked with many famous orchestras and top musicians, such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; famous virtuosos include maestro Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Christoph Eschenbach, Lawrence Foster, Thomas Sandrine, Andrew Davis, Leif Segerstam and Pavel Kogan; piano virtuosos include Lazar Berman, JustusFrantz , Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Tzimon Barto; violin virtuosos Vadim Repin, Midori Gotō, Lin Cho-Liang, Christophe Barratier and Sergey Krylov; cello virtuosos include Mischa Maisky, Lloyd Webber and Corona Crainey; viola virtuoso Yuri Bashmet; trumpeter Garber Portotzky; singers José Carreras and Jennifer Larmore.

Maestro Eschenbach said, “The Beijing Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra with high professional qualities. Their extremely strong musical apprehensiveness and performance style have impressed me deeply.”

Over the past decades, Beijing Symphony Orchestra made many achievements, one of which is its first international commercial tour in 2001. By far, the orchestra has given commercial performances worldwide for years.

The Beijing Symphony Orchestra shows special preference to contemporary Chinese music compositions. It has planned, participated in, commissioned and premiered new works by most of the contemporary Chinese composers, and it has premiered nearly 200 works. Since 2007, the orchestra has released eight record albums globally with EMI Records, a world-famous music label founded over a century ago.

The Beijing Symphony Orchestra has taken part in many large-scale international cultural exchange activities, and made several visits to Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Czech, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Turkey, Slovenia, Serbia, South Korea, the USA, Canada and Montenegro. In 2001-2017, the orchestra toured Europe for eight times and won high praise from the European critics. In 2013, the orchestra made its debut in America during a two-week tour to Mexico and the USA. The Washington Post gave it a banner headline: “The Beijing Symphony Orchestra starts an Upsurge of Classical.” In February 2017, the orchestra gave a classic symphony concert at the Kennedy Center, receiving high acclaim from the audiences. It gave virtuoso performances at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada, kicking off celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada. The joint performance given by the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra was the first one to be given by the three orchestras together after the founding of Canada, which is of great historical significance. In September the same year, Beijing held the second 16+1 Summit of China and CEE Capitals Mayors in Podgorica, Montenegro as well as the “Beijing Day” Event in Belgrade, Serbia. Deputy Party Secretary and Acting Mayor of Beijing CHEN Jining attended the activities with a government delegation. The Beijing Symphony Orchestra gave a symphony concert under the theme, “Tour of Friendship” at the Podgorica National Theatre and Belgrade Sava Central Theatre respectively. The orchestra signed a memorandum of understanding with the Montenegro Symphony Orchestra and Serbia Belgrade Symphony Orchestra, entering into a specified relationship with them. Also, a symphony orchestra league was formed by Beijing with its international sister cities, enriching the connotations of the second 16+1 Summit of China and CEE Capitals Mayors and “Beijing Day” Event in Belgrade, Serbia, and achieving substantial results in cooperation.

In 1994, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra started devoting itself to popularizing symphonic music on a large scale in military camps, factories and mines, schools and communities in Beijing as well as Chinese concert halls and institutions of higher education. Over the past 20 years, the orchestra has held nearly 1,000 concerts for symphony popularization for millions of spectators of different professions and ages in school canteens and halls, factories and communities, as well as at opera houses and concert halls in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities. In the 2014 season, it gave the opening concert on campus. In 2016, it initiated an activity titled, “Capital Civic Hall” and performed “symphonic music for common people”, introducing classical music into capital citizens’ daily life.

As the 2019 season is to begin, all members of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra are writing a more brilliant artistic chapter with full passion in high spirits.