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London Symphony Orchestra to visit China in March

01-13-2012 08:47 BJT

LONDON, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The London Symphony Orchestra said Thursday it would tour China and hold four concerts in March.

The first concert will be in Beijing on March 1 at the National Center for the Performing Arts.

Award-winning international violinist Sarah Chang and Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will be performing at the concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The two concerts are to be repeated on March 4 and 5 in Shanghai at the Grand Theatre.

Founded in 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra was ranked by Gramophone magazine as one of the top five orchestras in the world and holds over 120 concerts a year in London. It visited China in 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Its tour this year will be sponsored by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). This is the first time that ICBC, a major Chinese bank, has supported a British arts organization visiting China.

According to Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, this is also the first time that the Orchestra is sponsored by a Chinese company.

"We are especially grateful to have the support of ICBC and to build a new partnership with them to take symphonic music to the widest possible audience in China," she said.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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