Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra Perform on Great China Stage


On the nights of March 24-25, “Walking around Vienna” and “ Flavor of Bohemia”, two chamber music concerts held at Siqun Hall on Zhongbei Campus and the concert of Zizhu Basic Education Park on Minhang Campus respectively, attracted over 1,500 ECNUers. Han Bin, Associate Director of the Library in Shanghai Conservatory Of Music, chaired the concerts.







Photos of “Walking around Vienna”.


On March 24 night, there was no seat empty in Siqun Hall. On the concert “Walking around Vienna”, Han Bin first introduced the characteristics of chamber music and the legendary stories of Leopold Mozart, Ludwig vanBeethoven, and Franz Joseph Haydn. After that, the musicians of Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra performed classic chamber music works including Mozart’s Piano Trio No.3 in E Major K542, Beethoven’s Piano Trio No.7“Archduke”, and Haydn’s String Quartet in C major, Op.76 No.3, Hob.III.77 "Emperor".


On March 25 night, the concert “Flavor of Bohemia” held at the concert of Zizhu Basic Education Park on Minhang Campus. Before the performance, Han Bin introduced the charm of Bohemia music and the major features of the music works of Bedrich Smetan, Antonín Leopold Dvořák, and Bohuslav Martinu, three famous Czech composers. The concert started by Smetan’s My Life, and then followed by Dvořák’s Juilliard Quartet/Ma'alot Quintet and Martinu’s String Quartets No.5.





Photos of “Flavor of Bohemia”.


Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments—traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber. Most broadly, it includes any art music that is performed by a small number of performers, with one performer to a part. Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has been described as "the music of friends." For more than 200 years, chamber music was played primarily by amateur musicians in their homes. Playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social, that differ from the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works.


The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is a professional symphony orchestra based in Shanghai. It was re-structured based on the former Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (SBSO). SBSO was merged from two orchestra - Shanghai Film Orchestra, which was established in 1954 and Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, which was established in 1950. The merge happened in 1996, and the new orchestra was named Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. The name of the orchestra was officially changed to the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2004 with famous conductor Zuohuang Chen as its Music Director.


Written by: Liu Jinyu



East China Normal University