NCPA "Spring Online" concerts have been launched

NCPA April/13/2020
On account of the positive outlook of domestic prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCPA “Spring Online” concerts have started since April 11th. This series have met audiences on NCPA Classical Music Channel and many other online platforms every Saturday until reopening to the public.

“Spring Online” concerts are broadcast on Classical Music Channel and many other online platforms every Saturday.

At 19:30 on April 11th, the first concert of "Spring Online" series “The Belated Spring” was broadcast simultaneously on the Classical Music Channel of the NCPA and multiple online platforms. After the appreciation of the host BAI Yansong, the artists of the China NCPA Orchestra brought two early works of Beethoven's chamber music for the audience. As of 15:30 on April 12th, the total hits of Spring Online's first concert on the whole network were about 27.849 million. With the exclusive technical support provided by CCTV, 28 media and 45 online platforms carried out synchronous broadcast of the concert. People from all walks of life who enjoyed the concert at home all spoke highly of the performance, and many netizens also expressed their feelings in real time. The official Facebook of the NCPA also shares clips from concert every Sunday.


NCPA “Spring Online” concerts have started on April 11th
Photo by NIU Xiaobei

The "Spring Online" concert series would be launched at every weekend in April and May with the aim of empowering people with music. The first four performances of “Spring Online” concerts would be presented by artists of the China NCPA Orchestra. They just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Orchestra during the outbreak of the COVID-19 and they hoped to send their greetings to audiences in a special way. REN Xiaolong, General Manager of the NCPA Orchestra, conveyed that though everybody has to keep a social distance with others, music is always close to life and soul. Since the audience can’t come to the Concert Hall, the artists will deliver music to their homes. On April 18th, artists will render “The Resonance of Destiny” by a mix of classics and modern works. On April 25th, tender feelings will be poured out by a concert with the theme “Blessing of Love.” On May 2nd, LÜ Jia, NCPA Artistic Director of the Music, will raise his baton over the NCPA Orchestra to interpret the “Embrace the Spring” for the audience.


The first four performances of “Spring Online” concerts would be presented by the China NCPA Orchestra
Photo by NIU Xiaobei

The first concert of “Spring Online” was held at the NCPA Master’s Club. The small reception hall has witnessed many memorable moments when numerous maestros visited the NCPA. Its acoustics are very suitable for the rendering of chamber music, enabling musicians to interpret chamber music wonderfully and appreciate each other’s performance better.

LI Zhe, Concertmaster of the NCPA Orchestra, said that since it’s the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and Beethoven’s works are brimmed with inspiring power. In such difficult times, the orchestra wants to pay respect to medical staff and convey support to people suffering from the COVID-19 by Beethoven’s works. JI Jingjing, the principal bassoon of the Orchestra also expressed his expectations for online concerts. He conveyed that they were not out of practice during the outbreak. In the 10th anniversary of the orchestra, they are glad to meet audiences and bring beautiful music to them via online concerts.


The first “Spring Online” concert was in intensive rehearsal
Photo by NIU Xiaobei

Appreciating the concert with his family, prestigious conductor LI Xincao commented: “Since online performances have been recently conducted by some world-class music institutions, I am extremely happy watching this online concert, especially finding those acquaintances!” LIU Xiaolong, Associate Professor of the China Central Conservatory of Music, also described: “Thanks to several performers of the China NCPA Orchestra, the presentation of Beethoven’s chamber music is pleasant and moving. This is a very daunting task especially in the current special period”. YANG Xiaozhou, Professor of Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is a veteran music fan. According to him, “In my opinion, repertoire selection of this concert is meticulous. These two works are really full of the tinges of spring. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, many live concerts have been suspended, but people always cherish eternal longing for spring”. WEI Tiannan, a physician and music critic, was also impressed by this concert: “I am a physician with keen passion for music. My wife is in the first batch of ICU physicians to support Wuhan. The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 imposes unprecedented physical and psychological pressures on medical staff. In this context, art is almost the only remedy for me”.

A large number of netizens also praised the concert. Some of them eulogized responsibility awareness of the NCPA as a national level performing arts center during the epidemic. The multi-platform broadcast also made it easy for netizens to have access to the concert. Some audience members expressed their heartfelt wishes for the future. The concert also attracted many enthusiasts of classical music. Some netizens said: “Year of 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven. At any time, his music endows people with calmness and vigor so that people feel grateful to life and cherish the present”.

Programme
A Belated Spring
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sextet in E-flat Major, Op. 71 (Quintet Version)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4

The Resonance of Destiny
LIU Heng: Duo for Percussion Face to Face
Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet in A Minor
Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

Blessing of Love
Johannes Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40
Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
CHEN Qigang: You and Me

Embrace the Spring
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 113
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in G Major, K. 525

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