Sinfonieorchester Basel and Pianist Fazil Say toured Beijing and Shanghai

On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of Sino-Swiss diplomatic relations, Sinfonieorchester Basel toured China once again.


Group photo in Beijing Zhongshan Park

On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of Sino-Swiss diplomatic relations, Sinfonieorchester Basel toured China once again. On March 23rd and 25th, 2015, the orchestra staged performances in respectively Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall and Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Under the baton of chief conductor Dennis Russell Davis, the orchestra presented a strong classical program with multi-faceted works, ranging from 19th century classical period to 20th contemporary time, including Mozart’s Symphony No.32 in G Major, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Stravinsky's The Firebird, and Song Ruin, composed by the famous contemporary Chinese composer Chen Yi.


Conductor Dennis Russell Davis

A definite highlight of the concerts was the performance of Pianist Fazil Say, who starred with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor and received thunderous applause for the encore of his own composition Black Earth.


Pianist Fazil Say

Besides Fazil Say’s encore of Black Earth, in the first half of the concert, the audience was very much amused by the encore of Wettstein Marsch. This piece, by Swiss composer Herman Suter, is often played during carnival and the orchestra surprised the audience with two musicians entering the stage in extravagant costumes. As homage to Chinese music, the concerts finally came to an end with the encore pieces GoodNews from Beijing Spreads Borderland and Jasmine.


Encore piece Wettstein Marsch brought Carnival into the Chinese concert halls

Sinfonieorchester Basel concert Clipping Report:

1.CCTV 9
http://english.cntv.cn/2015/03/25/VIDE1427213759150438.shtml

2.ChinaDaily
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2015-03/23/content_19883338.htm

3.Beijing Daily
http://bjrb.bjd.com.cn/html/2015-03/04/content_261130.htm

4.Beijing Morning Post
http://bjcb.morningpost.com.cn/html/2015-02/26/content_335330.htm

5.Beijing Times
http://epaper.jinghua.cn/html/2015-03/01/content_174048.htm

6.Metro Reader
http://www.stardaily.com.cn/ylxb/html/2015-03/05/content_82295.htm

 7.Beijing Evening News
http://bjwb.bjd.com.cn/html/2015-03/12/content_263406.htm

8.Xinhua.net
http://news.xinhuanet.com/overseas/2015-03/04/c_127543915.htm

9.Sina
http://news.sina.com.cn/w/2015-02-04/182031482605.shtml

 

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