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Asia’s oldest orchestra celebrates new hall

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09-07-2014 17:47 BJT

Asia’s oldest orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, has kicked off its latest season with a special concert. The performance marks the orchestra’s 135th anniversary... and the opening of its long-awaited new performance hall.

A wonderful birthday present... the Shanghai Orchestra marked its 135th anniversary with an inaugural performance on Saturday at the city’s new symphony hall. Organizers say it was just the first of many shows to come...

"Owning a symphony hall rather than renting venues, we have a lot more to offer now. Our orchestra can provide audiences diverse programs with the perfect acoustics in this building," said Zhou Ping, vice president of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

And the new hall has already drawn attention from around the music world.‍

Asia’s oldest orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, has kicked off its latest season with a special concert.

Asia’s oldest orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, has kicked off its latest season with a special concert.

"I was invited to conduct our orchestra next year. So we are developing with Chinese orchestra, Shanghai Symphony," said Sophie Galaise, CEO of Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Audiences were queuing up long before the show started, eager to see what was on offer inside the new building.

World-famous violinist Maxim Vengerov and singer Ildiko Komlosi performed the violin concerto "The Butterfly Lovers" and the Chinese folksong "Jasmine Flowers". Meanwhile, celebrated pianist Lang Lang, who’s also the Artist-in-Residence, drew wild applause from the audience.

Asia’s oldest orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, has kicked off its latest season with a special concert.

Asia’s oldest orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, has kicked off its latest season with a special concert.

"So this is a very big day. Maestro Yu Long has a great vision and great ability to make things happen. It was supported by the Shanghai government. So I think all of China should be very proud, and the world will benefit," said Shirley Young, chair of US-China Cultural Institute.

This season will include over 100 concerts, either performed or organized by the orchestra. That’s a major step up from the 30 concerts it played a year ago. For Asia’s oldest orchestra, the new concert hall will be a new start.

Asia’s oldest orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, has kicked off its latest season with a special concert.

Asia’s oldest orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, has kicked off its latest season with a special concert.

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