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Acclaimed Shanghai Quartet to perform New Year's concert

Updated: 2021-12-31 12:14 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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The New Year’s Concert at Shanghai Symphony Hall will feature the string ensemble Shanghai Quartet.

The quartet will play alongside the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and present a series of festive and romantic pieces such as waltz and polka by Johann Strauss II, the works of Beethoven, Dvorak and Shostakovich, as well as Chinese compositions.

Founded in 1983, the highly acclaimed Shanghai Quartet has been active in the world music scene for more than 30 years.

The group includes first violinist Li Weigang, second violinist Yu Xiang, viola player Li Honggang and cellist Nicholas Tzavaras, all of whom will be artists in residence at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra for the 2022 music season.

Violinist Li Weigang will take the lead in the performance of Beethoven’s Romance No.2 in F major, while his brother, viola player Li Gonggang will play Bruch’s Romance for Viola and Orchestra in F major.

Tzavaras will perform Dvorak’s Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor. Yu is a new member who joined the quartet last year after the previous second violinist Jiang Yiwen’s quit. Yu will be the soloist in Monti’s Csardas and Chinese composer Sha Hankun’s Shepherd’s Song.

Li Yanhuan, a Shanghai-based music critic, said: “Shanghai Quartet leading the orchestra in the performance of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Concert is likely to provide a new perspective for audiences, as well as the musicians themselves, to understand the classical compositions long familiar to them.”

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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