|St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra's first China tour|
Invited by Wu Promotion, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Alexander Dmitriev, successfully concluded its first China Tour.
Commemoration the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II
Invited by Wu Promotion, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Alexander Dmitriev, successfully concluded its first China Tour. From April 28th to May 9th, this renowned Russian orchestra toured in China, staging concerts in Tianjin, Jinan, Wuhan and Shanghai.
The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and on April 29th the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra opened the NCPA’s season “70th anniversary of the victory of the Anti-Japanese War and the Anti-Fascist War”. This season, April 29- December 19, encompasses carefully selected performances of various art forms commemoration the events of the Second World War. St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, whose history is strongly marked by the events of World War II, being the only symphony orchestra remaining in the city during the “Siege of Leningrad*”, also attended the NCPA’s press conference, opening the new season.
*St. Petersburg used to be called Leningrad
For their first China tour the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra presented the audience a strong Russian programme including Glinka’s overture of "Ruslan and Lyudmila", Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1 "Classic", Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6. In addition, Wu Promotion selected the “Shostakovich’s Symphony No.7 ‘Leningrad’, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The composition was dedicated to Leningrad, which upon completion of the piece was surrounded by Nazi Germany. As Maestro Dmitriev told, the scores were dropped into the city by air and the composition was played many times during the 900 days Siege of Leningrad, boosting the moral of the army, and soon became a symbol of resistance to Nazi totalitarianism and militarism. The piece is still regarded as the major musical testament of those who lost their lives during World War II and frequently played at St. Petersburg cemetery where half a million victims of the siege of Leningrad are buried.
The first China tour of St. Petersburg was a great success and the performances were received very well by the Chinese audience, who hope they will return to China soon again.
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