News Classical 03/07/2017

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Welcomes New York Philharmonic To 2017 MISA

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Welcomes New York Philharmonic To 2017 MISA

New York, NY (Top40 Charts / Shanghai Symphony Orchestra) The New York Philharmonic will join the 8th Music in the Summer Air (MISA) in Shanghai from July 2-8, 2017, for its third annual performance residency as part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership.

Since 2010, MISA has been bringing high-quality, low-cost concerts to Shanghai residents every summer, and is ready to present another 25 music related programs on July 2-15.

With the festival themes ranging from "hot classic," "relaxing classic," "cross-over classic," and "fun classic," to "classical plus" and "swing 60s," MISA has kept exploring the boundary of classic music, so as to reach for more potential audiences, according to Zhou Ping, president of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

A rich variety of musicians and artists who have performed on the MISA stage include classic musicians Charles Dutoit and Gil Shaham, as well as non-mainstream musicians such as Gong Linna, a pioneer in new traditional Chinese music, and "Percussion Prince" Martin Grubinger. And, the New York Philharmonic has been a regular guest for MISA since 2015.

This summer, the Orchestra's residency will feature four performances at Shanghai Symphony Hall including a Young People's Concert in which select students from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) will perform Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, From the New World, alongside the Orchestra; master classes, lessons, coachings, and a side-by-side Philharmonic rehearsal with SOA students of Dvorak's New World Symphony and Brahms's Symphony No. 3; and a Very Young Composers workshop and performance.

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist, on July 2, 2017, and Mahler's Symphony No. 7 on July 3, 2017. He will also lead the Philharmonic and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in the Asian Premiere of Marsalis's The Jungle (Symphony No. 4), commissioned and premiered by the Philharmonic in December 2016 as the first of The New York Commissions, part of the Philharmonic's 175th anniversary season, July 7, 2017. The concert will also include Copland's Quiet City, featuring Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin and English horn player Grace Shryock.

Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen will conduct a Young People's Concert on July 4, 2017, at Shanghai Symphony Hall, hosted in Mandarin by media personality Dashan, featuring selections from Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, From the New World, as well as works by Very Young Composers of New York City and Shanghai inspired by Dvorak's New World Symphony and its theme of home: Aye Ni Ilu (Life Is a Rhythm)by 12-year-old Isai Rabiuof New Yorker —a second-generation immigrant of Nigerian, African American, and Native American descent —and Memories of Marnyi Stone by 14-year-old Feng Shuya of Shanghai.

The New York Philharmonic will also present a Very Young Composers workshop led by Artistic Director, Very Young Composers, Jon Deak and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Teaching Artists, as well as musicians from the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. The workshop will culminate in a performance of the Very Young Composers' works on July 8, 2017, at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Hall.

The Shanghai performances of Dvorak's New World Symphony and the Very Young Composers works inspired by it are part of The New World Initiative, the Philharmonic's season-long, citywide project revolving around Dvorak's New World Symphony and its theme of home on the occasion of the Philharmonic's 175th anniversary season. Through performances, community outreach, and education projects, The New World Initiative honors the Orchestra's hometown and its role as an adopted home to many. Dvorak wrote the New World Symphony while he was living here in New York City, and the Philharmonic gave the World Premiere of the work in December 1893, marking the Orchestra's first World Premiere of a work written in New York City that would become part of the standard repertoire.

A joint endeavor of the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra launched in September 2014, the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership includes the establishment of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) — a two-year program designed to address the need for advanced, post-graduate orchestral training in China — in partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory and under the leadership of founding president Long Yu, as well as annual performance residencies by the New York Philharmonic in Shanghai.

The 2017 residency marks Alan Gilbert's final appearances in Shanghai as the New York Philharmonic's Music Director. The Shanghai Orchestra Academy will hold its second-ever graduation ceremony on July 6, 2017, in which Alan Gilbert will participate.

Before the Orchestra's residency begins, New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang, in conjunction with the concertmasters of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, led the Shanghai Orchestra Academy String Festival.

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