If we often think about Chinese New Year’s Parade, the beginning of the year of the Dog will be full of music, thanks to a China weekend at Paris Philharmonie held from February 9 to 11, 2018, a week before the great celebration scheduled on February 16, 2018.
On the menu of this weekend, 10 concerts to know more about Chinese culture, from Chinese Opera from the 16th century to music of nowadays without forgetting silent movie from the 30’s in Shanghai.
Program of this great weekend at the Philharmonie:
The Peony Pavillion: Kunqu Opera, Friday February 9 at 8:30 p.m.
Shanghai Zhang Jun Kunqu Art Center company will perform an abstract from The Peony Pavilion, a Tang Xianzu kunqu opera from 1598. This kind of opera has been designated by UNESCO as part of the world intangible cultural heritage, a discovery to be made!
The Goddess, film & music performance, Saturday February 10 at 3 p.m.
Head to the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez to attend a film & music performance and discover The Goddess, a Wu Yonggang film released in 1934 (81 minutes). This film depicts Shanghai in the 1920’s, the cosmopolitan and international Chinese city, and is set to music by organ improvisations by Thierry Escaich.
Qigang Chen Chamber Music, Saturday at 3 p.m.
Qigang Chen will be given pride of place for two concerts: on Saturday February 10 at 8:30 p.m. with Paris orchestra directed by Long Yu alongside cellist Gautier Capuçon, predated by a Chamber Music concert performed at 3 p.m. by some musicians from Paris Orchestra.
The Panda House, show for kids, Saturday at 3 p.m.
In the Panda House, children follow a panda into its home located in a forest as big as the entire China. By dancing, children are introduced to the theory of the five Elements saying that each element changes and creates another element!
The Miraculous Mandarin, symphonic concert, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Paris orchestra offers us a symphonic concert with, on the menu, Wu Xing (the Five Elements), Qigang Chen’s Cello concerto followed by Béla Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin.
La Petite Mélancolie, opera, Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Traditional musicians from Quanzhou Liyuan Theater are invited by Paris Conservatory and the Philharmonie for a traditional opera, the Liyuan, that mixes solo violin with voices with an ancient text of a rare poetry. To be discovered!
Chinese New Year Concert, Sunday at 5 p.m.
To end this weekend, the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra will celebrate the Chinese New Year with director Muhai Tang (Sunday February 11) with a great concert that mixes morin khuur sounds, Mongolian strings instruments with a horse head with Cantonese melodies featuring a gahou – a violin created in the 1920’s, Guangdong main music instrument. For an hour, all local specific features are gathered here!
From 9 February 2018 to 11 February 2018
Philharmonie de Paris
221 Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris 19
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