China's National Centre for the Performing Arts
Saturdays @ 8PM

This series, hosted by George Preston, highlights the orchestra of Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts. Concerts include familiar Western masterworks, such as Beethoven symphonies, alongside new and traditional Chinese composers. Performances often include traditional Chinese instruments, such as the erhu, pipa and dizi.

1/22

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra
Lu Jia and Chen Lin, conductors

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
Bao Yuankai:  "Drizzle in the South" from Chinese Sights and Songs
I. The Scenery of Wuxi
II. Green Willow
III. Pulling a Reed Catkin
IV. Bamboo-flute Tune
Maurice Ravel:  Mother Goose Suite
Franz Schubert:  Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"

1/29

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra and Chorus
Lu Jia and Li Xincao, conductors
Liu Songhu, baritone; Cao Ruidong and Tong Ziyang, leading singers; Zhou Xiaolin, soprano; Zhao Ling, narrator; Wang Jing, pipa

Giuseppe Verdi: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco
Xian Xinghai:  Yellow River Cantata
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op. 36

2/5

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra
Lu Jia, conductor
Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu, piano

Maurice Ravel:  Piano Concerto in G Major
Jean Sibelius:  Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
Anton Bruckner:  Symphony No. 6 in A Major

2/12

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra
Lu Jia and Chen Lin, conductors
Chen Sa, piano;  Li Jia, pipa

Camille Saint-Saens:  Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Wu Zuqiang, Liu Dehai and Wang Yanqiao:  Pipa Concerto "Little Sisters of the Grassland"
Johannes Brahms:  Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90

2/19

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra
Lu Jia and Chen Lin, conductors
Li-Wei Qin, cello

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky:  Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Chen Qigang:  L'eloignement
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World"

2/26

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra
Li Jia, Li Xincao and Yu Feng, conductors

Li Huanzhi:  Spring Festival Overture
Benjamin Britten:  Simple Symphony, Op. 4
Arnold Schoenberg: Transfigured Night, Op. 4
Richard Wagner:  Overture to Tannhauser
Sergei Prokofiev:  Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 "Classical"

3/5

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra and Chorus
Lu Jia, conductor
Kong Jianing, piano; Zhou Yuqian, Wang Zhihua, Liu Haiyue, Lu Chuan, Cao Ruidong and Liu Dong, vocal soloists

Claude Debussy:  Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun
Joseph Haydn:  Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major "Drum Roll"
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Choral Fantasy in C Major, Op. 80

China National Traditional Orchestra
Chen Bing, conductor
Zhao Cong, pipa

Yin Tianhu:  Flying Fairies of the Silk Road

3/12

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra
Lu Jia, conductor
Song Yuanming, soprano; Sun Qiang, narrator
Li-Wei Qin, cello

Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont, Op. 84
Zhao Jiping:  Cello Concerto in D Minor "The Disillusioned Dream"
Claude Debussy: La mer

3/19

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra
Zhang Yi and Lu Jia, conductors
Siquing Lu, violin;  Chen Yue, Chinese flute

Johann Sebastian Bach (arranged by Saito Hideo):  Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
He Zhanhao and Chen Gang:  Violin Concerto "The Butterfly Lovers"
Yu Julian:  Concerto on Chinese Themes

3/26

National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra
Zhang Yi, conductor

Alexander Glazunov:  Concert Waltz No. 1, Op. 47

China's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra
Lu Jia, conductor
Ning Feng, violin

Zhao Jiping:  Violin Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C minor