Symphony orchestra celebrates 25th anniversary of Beijing Music Festival

A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains Concert Photo: Courtesy of BMF

A symphonic poem based on the Chinese painting masterpiece A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains was performed at the capital’s Poly Theater on Saturday night as part of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Music Festival.

One of the best-known classical music festivals in China, BMF has introduced a number of big names to China and performed a series of commissioned plays centered on Chinese culture.

The new symphonic work, which debuted in August, is closely linked to Chinese history and culture and represents a dialogue between Chinese music and Western symphony.

Saturday’s performance at the Poly Theater saw BMF founder Wu Tong, sheng (a free reed instrument made up of vertical pipes) player Zhao Cong, pipa (Chinese lute) player Lu Yiwen, erhu player (spiked fiddle) and pianist He Ming, bamboo flute musician Dai Ya and soprano Fang Qiong work together under Yu Long, the famous conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, to portray the ancient Song dynasty (906-1279) by painting through music.

Besides the performance, BMF will work with the Asia Society for an East-meets-West cultural event in New York on Wednesday featuring American composer-conductor Jamie Bernstein and Chinese musicians such as Zhou Long, Du Yun and Zhou Tian.

Comments are closed.