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Paintings with a sea view
Li Haitao, Xiao Kai and 17 other artists will present their paintings inspired by the ocean. Titled Embrace the Ocean, the artists, known as the ocean group, depict the East China Sea, South China Sea and share a love for the ocean. The highlight of the exhibition is a joint effort by 16 artists from across China, Fisherman's Song, shown for the first time to the public.
8:30 am-4:30 pm, everyday except Monday until May 2. Beijing Capital Museum, No 3 Guozijian Street, Dongcheng district, Beijing. 010-64012118.
New sounds from Dutch quintet
Calefax Reed Quintet, which was established 30 years ago, will perform its debut concert in Beijing. The quintet experiments with playing some unusual instruments, including reeds and bottles. The five musicians, Oliver Boekhoorn on oboe, Ivar Berix on clarinet, Raaf Hekkema on saxophone, Jelte Althuis on bass clarinet, and Alban Wesly on bassoon, are based in Amsterdam. They arrange, recompose and interpret music from classical to jazz. The ensemble will give a workshop after the show in Beijing.
7:30 pm. May 4. Beijing Concert Hall, 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng district. 010-6605-7006.
Evergreen songs to mark Mayday
On the occasion of International Labor Day on May 1, established musicians including Liu Bingyi, Cui Rui and Jin Shan will perform in a concert titled Unforgettable Songs. Classical Chinese songs, such as I Love You, China; Our Soldiers and Harvest Song will be performed in the concert. World masterpieces such as Carmen Overture, Hungarian Dances and the Russian wartime song Katusha will also be performed. A 130-member chorus will join in the show.
7:30 pm, April 30. Beijing Concert Hall, 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng district, Beijing. 010-6605-7006.
Conductor Fan Tao will lead Accent Symphony Orchestra performing a concert of world classical music, including Johann Strauss' Electrisch, From the New World and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. The conductor, who got his musical training as a child, is a graduate of both the composition and conducting departments of the Shanghai Music Conservatory.
7:30 pm, May 1. Beijing Concert Hall, 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng district, Beijing. 010-6605-7006.
Festival pushes boundaries
An avant-garde micro-film festival takes place at K11 Art Space. Four segments present the work of four artists: independent animation director Liu Jian, freelance poet and writer Wu Qing, experimental filmmaker Shen Chaofang and Mao Chenyu, a cross-media documentary maker. The artists work in a diverse range of media and styles, but all fit the description "avant-garde" - because they are pushing the boundaries in their respective fields.
10 am-10 pm, until May 5. K11 Art Space, B3, 300 Huaihai Road M, Shanghai. http://k11.thewowa.com/cn/
Haydn in Guangzhou
The Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic will perform Haydn's music in Guangzhou. Founded in 1986, the orchestra completed recording the entire cycle of Haydn's symphonies in 2001. Numbers 40 to 45 were voted "Best of the Year" by the UK music magazine Gramophone. Haydn's No 45 Symphony will be played at the Guangzhou concert.
8 pm, April 30. Opera Hall of Guangzhou Opera House, Exit B1 of Zhujiang New Town metro station, Guangzhou. 020-3839-2888.
Vivaldi on Labor Day soundtrack
Music from southern Europe will fuel the festive atmosphere for music fans in Guangzhou over the Labor Day holiday. I Solisti Veneti, a chamber orchestra from Venice, Italy, will perform Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, on May 2. The orchestra hails from the country where baroque music was born. The orchestra will work with guitarist Riccardo Tamai to play Fantasia For a Gentleman, a classic guitar concerto from Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. Founded in 1959, I Solisti Veneti has received many awards including a Grammy for its recordings.
8 pm, May 2. Opera Hall of Guangzhou Opera House, Exit B1 of Zhujiang New Town metro station, Guangzhou. 020-3839-2888.
(China Daily 04/27/2013 page11)