On Aug. 20, for the first time ever, a Chinese symphony orchestra is performing at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under music director Long Yu, with musicians from Asia have planned a program of three Russian composers, including early ACA composer Aaron Avshalomov, born in 1894, who served as a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory, where he taught from 1919 on. Avshalomov was one of the founders of China’s Western musical tradition. His tone poem Hutongs of Peking captures the sounds and voices that once echoed through the narrow alleys of the Chinese capital.
The Symphony will also be performing the Avshalomov tone poem with various European and Chinese works at other European venues this summer:
Tirol Summer Festival in Mühlgraben, Austria - August 22
Wolkenturm Grafenegg 10, 3485 Grafenegg Festival - August 24th The annual festival takes place on the grounds of Grafenegg Castle near Vienna.
Elbphilharmonie Summer Festival in Hamburg - August 27th (sold out)
As one of the oldest symphony orchestras in China, or even in Asia, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) was founded in 1879 as the Shanghai Public Band. Later it was renamed the Municipal Council Symphony Orchestra and was once hailed as “the best in the Far East”. In 1919, when the renowned Italian pianist Mario Paci took podium, the orchestra started its performing history in association with well-known musicians from Europe and other countries. In 1956 the orchestra took the current name and gradually developed into a “cultural calling card” of Shanghai. Long Yu, the current Music Director, is the first Chinese conductor to have been invited to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the “Big Five” American symphony orchestras. He’s also the Chinese conductor with the most co-operations with top-notch orchestras all over the world.