The Grand Chinese New Year Concert, 2019

Tour Dates: 15th January - 10th February, 2019

Suzhou is a city combining a time-honored culture with a curious and inclusive nature, bringing together a profound cultural background...

Tour Dates
  • 15th January - 10th February, 2019

Tour Information:
16th January, 2019         Hamburg, Hamburg Laeizhalle | Click for tickets
17th January, 2019         Stuhr , Gut Varrel
19th January, 2019         Bonn, Bonn Theater                 
21st January, 2019         Brussels, Bozar | Click for tickets
23rd January, 2019         Como, Teatro Sociale di Como   
26th January, 2019         Luzern, KKL | Click for tickets
27th January, 2019         Liechtenstein, Schaan
29th January, 2019         Erl, Tirol Festispiele
31st January, 2019         Budapest, Palace of Arts
3rd February, 2019         Dresden, Dresden Kulturpalast | Click for tickets
5th February, 2019         Warsaw, Warsaw Philharmonic | Click for tickets

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Suzhou Chinese Orchestra

Nature: Southern China in the stringed and woodwind music
Spirit: pursue excellence
Objective: China’s first class orchestra

Suzhou is a city combining a time-honored culture with a curious and inclusive nature, bringing together a profound cultural background, a great enthusiasm for art and supreme esteem to its cultural mission in Jiangnan area. Its people live in cultural prosperity in a powerful cultural hub providing the ground for an orchestra of cultural excellence to celebrate the Jiangnan stringed and woodwind music traditions.

Suzhou Chinese Orchestra is a professional orchestra co-founded by Suzhou Municipal Government and Suzhou New and High-tech District in the attempt to develop a new first class traditional orchestra in China. It’s a municipal non-profit orchestra based on the musical traditions of Southern China, grown out of the stringed and woodwind music of Jiangnan. Renowned first class conductor PANG Kapang, who once visited Wiener Musikverein for thirteen times to conduct, has engaged in the position of the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor. ZHU Changyao, renowned Urheen player, composer and first class performer, fulfills the position of the Artistic Consultant, and CHENG Congwu, Honorary Chairman of Suzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles and first class artistic supervisor, is the Orchestra’s General Manager.

The Orchestra currently has employed over 90 musicians, composed by a number of experienced players renowned at home and abroad, as well as some excellent graduates of ten conservatories, notably from Central Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Immediately for the 2018 season, Suzhou Chinese Orchestra commissioned some of the most famous and outstanding Chinese composers, including Zhao Jiping, Liu Xijin, Li Binyang, Liu Changyuan, Hao Weiya, Zhang Zhao and Wang Danhong, to create new work for the Orchestra. A number of tailored-made compositions, such as Symphony of Feng, Ya and Song, Impression of Suzhou, Maple Bridge in Rains, Strolling in Suzhou, Travel Notes of Suzhou, Fantasia of Gan Jiang and Mo Ye, and Four Seasons, were created and remarkably premiered.
The repertoire of the Orchestra consists of a collection of traditional classics, new adaptations of traditional programs, national- and regional-style music, works with oriental or occidental themes, said commissioned works for the orchestra as well as classical works of the Orchestra’s peers.

Striving for excellence the Orchestra has inherited and is constantly carrying forward the Chinese folk music, actively promoting and spreading it throughout China. It has inherited and developed the Suzhou and Jiangnan folk music, supporting, exploring and reinventing the musical traditions listed in the catalogue of intangible and cultural heritage of the folk music culture and art of Jiangnan style. The Orchestra is actively participating in the international and national folk music exchange by taking part in domestic and overseas competitions and giving significant performances to enhance and spread the folk music culture.

Since its funding, Suzhou Chinese Orchestra has performed monthly concerts establishing a season holding various concerts, including small ensemble performances and social trainings, combining its role as a local social unifier with the reality of an orchestra performing in the national and international music market. While insisting on the principle “from the people and for the people” the Orchestra presents its performances in majestic large-scale concerts, middle-scale concerts and elegant small-scale concerts. The multi-level, comprehensive presentation of performances wants to spread the beauty of national music to classes in campus, in factories, in squares in local communities or in barracks of troops, enabling the flower of traditional culture to root, sprout and bloom. It has already built up a talent pool of solid artistic culture and excellent performance capabilities, and continues to cultivate the skills of its musicians.

In May 2018, Suzhou Chinese Orchestra was the only traditional orchestra invited to the Beijing Modern Music Festival where it performed at the Beijing Concert Hall the Changgexing National Stringed and Woodwind Concert. The performance was highly praised by many renowned musicians from Beijing, China and abroad. Based on the heritage of Chinese traditional culture, it is actively exploring contemporary elements and international musical expression to gradually form a folk music sound that will have its own Suzhou characteristics, with Jiangnan ambience and Chinese style. The Orchestra will successively invite the best musicians, conductors and composers to join for sincere cooperation, to explore and showcase the essence of the traditional Chinese music culture while collaborating and advancing into the future through exchange with others, at home and abroad. It’s making consistent efforts to build Suzhou Chinese Orchestra into a globally recognized first-class orchestra!

In 2019, Suzhou Chinese Orchestra will open its own home, the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra Music Hall (苏州民族管弦乐团音乐厅), as the orchestra’s permanent residence. The ambitious project will consist of the music hall itself and a neighboring auxiliary building for rehearsal, catering and training of the Orchestra’s crew members.

Artistic Director & Chief Conductor: Pang Kapang

First class conductor, enjoying the special government allowances of the State Council, Councilman of Chinese Musicians Association, Executive Councilman of China Nationalities Orchestra Society, National “Four-batch” Talent. Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, Macao Chinese Orchestra (2003-2016). Since June 2017, he has been the Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of Suzhou Chinese Orchestra.

Pang Kapang was graduated from the Conducting Department of Central Conservatory of Music and achieved the master's degree in 1992. In 1996, he became the only youth conductor in Asia to win the award of the 35th Kirill Kondrashin International Conductor’s Master Class. In 1997, he joined the International Conductors’ Master Class (Kiev, Ukraine) and completed the school work, ranking first in class. In 1998, he succeeded the Chief Conductor of China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra. He actively advocated the symphony features of Chinese national orchestral works and the exploration and practice of the symphonic features of Chinese contemporary orchestra, seamlessly welded them with Western music and injected vigor and vitality into the orchestra. In 2003, he was awarded "Special Prize of China Golden Record Conductor" and in 2004 "China Top Ten Outstanding Young People". In 2005, Pang Kapang launched the music season system of the China Radio Chinese Orchestra and created a beginning for the "music season" system of national music in China mainland.

After successfully conducting the "China-Vienna New Year Symphony" in Goldener Saal of Wiener Musikverein in 2000, he continuously conducted world famous orchestras at the Musikverein for 13 years, arousing great sensational effect and making great contribution to promoting the Chinese music to the world. He successively led delegations to Switzerland, Germany, and the United States to hold Chinese national symphony concerts and he was also invited to conduct famous orchestras in Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Austria. A newspaper in Austria praised him “with conducting demeanour of Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa and Italian conducting master Riccardo Muti”, Austria's highest music critic commented that he was "full of vitality, passionate, with smart hand movements, graceful gestures and unique style."

In 2013, Pang Kapang traveled to University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, a university famous for its training of master conductors in the world to study European operas. In 2015, he received the diploma of Opera Conducting and got the comments from his tutor, Professor Konrad Leitner: "Mr. Pang Kapang has an extraordinary talent, a high degree of exquisiteness and delicate music sense, which all help his conducting art approach perfection."

He learned both from China and the Western society and has been actively involved in the exploration and practice of Chinese national symphony music. He is gifted with magical batons that infect the stage allover. With a number of well-known titles as orchestral artistic director and chief conductor, he is “imbued with music talent” and is reputed as "genius conductor."
He has been active in the exploration and practice of China’s national opera and orchestra. He conducted the opera Wilderness in the First Chinese Opera Festival and the Italian opera The Lady of the Camellias in the Second Chinese Opera Festival, and won the praises.

Program: “The Chinese Music with Suzhou Charm”

Chinese Orchestra: Spring Festival Overture

Composer: Li Huanzhi, Rearranged: Peng Xiuwen

Chinese Orchestra: Lyric Variation

Composer: Liu Changyuan

Cello with Chinese Orchestra: The Butterfly

Composer: Zhao Jiping, Cellist: Kang Qiaoxuan

-- Intermission --

Chinese Orchestra: Macau Cappricio

Composer: Wang Danhong

Erhu with Chinese Orchestra:
Moon Reflected in the Second Spring

Composer :Hua Yanjun, Arrangement: Zhu Changyao
Erhu Soloist: Zhu Changyao

Jiangsu Traditional Songs,
Chinese Orchestra : Yangzhou Melody

Attrangement: Zhu Changyao

Chinese Orchestra: Hope for the future

Composer: Liu Changyuan

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