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.

1/21

Tan Dun: Erhu Concerto "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
China National Traditional Orchestra
Liu Sha, conductor
Yu Hongmei, erhu

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Liu Tianhua: The Enchanting Night
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra
Lu Jia, conductor
Chen Sa, piano

1/28

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"

2/4

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

2/11

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

2/18

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

2/25

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"