LI Biao and Beijing Symphony Orchestra Raise the Curtain of Taihu Performing Arts Week

NCPA September/03/2020
The annual NCPA Taihu Performing Arts Week arrives! From September 2nd to 20th, 10 professional art troupes will present 15 performances at the NCPA Taihu Art Centre.

As of August 25th, all confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Beijing had been cured, and the offline performance market saw a rapid recovery. With the exciting news, the NCPA Taihu Art Centre also geared up to welcome its much anticipated audience. On September 2nd, sponsored by the Publicity Department of CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Tongzhou District People’s Government of Beijing Municipality and NCPA, organized by the Publicity Department of Tongzhou District Party Committee, Tongzhou Culture and Tourism Bureau, People’s Government of Taihu Town, Tongzhou District and NCPA Taihu Art Centre, NCPA Taihu Performing Arts Week 2020 officially kicks off. It will provide a variety of performances covering symphonic music, chamber music, drama, acrobatics, and crosstalk drama to the citizens in the city’s sub-centre within 19 days.

The NCPA Taihu Art Centre geared up to welcome its much anticipated audience
Photo by LI Yong

On September 2nd, Wuhan 2020 opened the first performance of the Taihu Performing Arts Week, a concert by the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, at the NCPA Taihu Art Centre. It is a symphonic overture of special significance commissioned by the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, and composed by Enjott Schneider. From conception to release in just 14 days, this work expresses the concern of the German composer who uses art to support the epidemic prevention and control in Wuhan and China. Full of hope and emotion, it deeply touched the audience, and the warmth and power of art brought everyone’s heart together.

Except for Wuhan 2020, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra interpreted Symphony No.7 in A major by Beethoven under the baton of LI Biao. They gave such a masterful rendition of this atmospheric symphony that the audience were thrilled.

Beijing Symphony Orchestra interpreted Symphony No.7 in A major by Beethoven under the baton of LI Biao
Photo by LI Yong

NCPA Taihu Performing Arts Week 2020 continues the theme of “Cultural Beijing-Performing Arts in Taihu”, expressing patriotism and passing on classic works. The colourful performances will contribute to the cultural prosperity of performing arts, boost the development of the Taihu Performing Arts Town, and assist in the construction of the sub-centre of Beijing.

In addition to the well-planned high-quality performances, public benefit performances will also be carried out in the Taihu Performing Arts Week. During the Arts Week, the NCPA Taihu Art Centre adheres to the regular epidemic prevention and control measures and keep attendances at the theatre below 50 per cent; performances are sold at low prices, allowing more people to enjoy high art in the theatre. Moreover, six public welfare seats will be set up in each performance for the special (needy) people in Taihu Town to enjoy the infinite charm of art in the “theatre at the doorstep”.

On September 16th, a special performance will be staged in the Taihu Open-air theatre by Voice of the Heart Art Troupe of Menghe Film & TV, a special group composed of disabled performers. Their passion and strength on the stage will impress and inspire all audience. For this special performance, the NCPA Taihu Art Centre will adopt the approach of “free tickets but not free admission”. The staff will distribute the tickets in advance to volunteers, community residents, health care workers, teachers and students at colleges and middle schools involved in the epidemic prevention and control in the sub-centre, so as to expand access to the arts for the benefit of the wider public.

NCPA Taihu Art Centre
Photo by LI Yong

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