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Dragons make sweet sounds
Dragon Quartet, a new group founded by four Chinese classical music stars, will perform in Beijing as part of their 2013 tour. The four members of the quartet are violinist Ning Feng, violinist Gu Chen, violist Jin Zhenhong and cellist Qin Liwei. The quartet will perform works by Borodin, Shostakovich and Romberg, as well as Lake Manasarovar, a work composed by Ye Xiaogang especially for the Dragon Quartet. The concert will be part of the May Music Festival of the National Center for the Performing Arts.
7:30 pm, May 12. Multi-functional Theater, National Center for the Performing Arts, west of Tian'anmen Square, Beijing. 010-6655-0000.
China National School of Administration is presenting Charming Spring - Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition. Co-hosted by Cultural Committee of China Administrative Reform Board and Xu Beihong Academy of Renmin University of China, the exhibition features Chinese calligraphy and painting works from institutions and organizations such as the Central Party School and Poverty Alleviation Office of the State Council.
9 am-5 pm, until May 13. China National School of Administration, 6 Changchunqiao Road, Haidian district, Beijing. 010-6892-9260.
The Song and Dance Company of the Political Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army will present a series of shows to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Most of its popular artists, including Dong Wenhua, Yan Weiwen, Cai Guoqing, Wang Hongwei and Tan Jing, will participate in the shows. Founded in 1953 in Beijing, the art company includes an orchestra, chorus, dance troupe and an opera troupe.
Choir: Song under the Army Flag on May 13 and 14; Symphonic concert: Our Age on May 15; Song and dance show: In the Name of Youth on May 21 and 22; Dance drama: Railroad Guerrilla on May 29 and 30; Gala show: Classics on June 1 and 2.
7:30 pm. National Center for the Performing Arts, No 2 West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng district, Beijing. 010-6655-0000.
Featuring contemporary engraving work from the Louvre and valuable masterpieces from international collections, the exhibition From Gesture to Language proposes a journey that combines powerful visual and textual constructions in Western and Chinese contemporary art. Drawing, painting, sculpture and installations have been grouped into three main themes: The Power of Language and the Language of Power, Incarnation and Mutations, and Poetics and Writing Space. Exhibition curator Pascal Torres Guardiola, is curator of the Edmond de Rothschild Collection and of the Chalcography Department at the Louvre Museum, Paris.
10 am-6 pm, daily except Mondays, until Aug 11. Rockbund Art Museum, No 20 Huqiu Road, Shanghai. 021-3310-9985.
He family's dedication to art
Suzhou Museum is presenting a special exhibition of donated artwork from He Cheng and his family. He and his children are the largest private donors to the museum, contributing 1,374 valuable pieces to the collection. He Cheng (1880-1946), a native of Shanxi province, moved to Suzhou and built two houses there, devoting the rest of his life collecting antiques. Suzhou Museum has presented the show in memory of the He family's great contribution and dedication to the preservation of history and culture.
9 am-5 pm, daily except Mondays, until June 30. Suzhou Museum, 204 Dongbei Street, Pingjiang district, Suzhou, Jiangsu province. 0512-6757-6011.
Russian conductor in Shanghai
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will present a concert under the baton of Russian conductor Dmitry Sit-kovetsky, featuring cellist Mischa Maisky. The program includes: Lensky's Aria from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, Cello Concerto No 1 in E-Flat Major and Symphony No 5 in D Minor, both by Shostakovich.
7:30 pm, May 19. Shanghai Concert Hall, 523 Yan'an Road East, Shanghai. 021-6386-2836.
The exhibition New Force at Leo Gallery features six emerging artists: Liu Weijian, Sui Changjiang, Wu Xihuang, Zhang Ning, Xiao Jiang and Su Chang. These artists born in the 1980s have set themselves apart from their predecessors, breaking through barriers and expressing their art in a more direct fashion. They are influenced by both Eastern and Western culture. These artists are more sensitive to social issues, possess a firmer grasp of what they want and have a greater willingness to express their thoughts and pursue their own goals.
10 am-6 pm, May 11-June 10. Leo Gallery in Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Rd, Shanghai. 021-5465-8785.
Emotional piano recital
Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna Musial will perform a recital in Shanghai. She has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Musial was the champion of the 2011 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York. "While I play, I strive to bring out the soul of the music that inspires me, and share its natural beauty and deep emotions with my audience," the musician once said.
7:45 pm, May 15. Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai. 021-6854-1234.
Czech music ensemble
Prague Symphony Orchestra will give a concert under conductor Rastislav Stur. The program includes Piano Concerto in A Minor by Edvard Hagerup Grieg, featuring Chinese pianist Sun Yingdi, and Symphony No 9 From the New World by Dvorak. The Prague Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1934 by conductor Rudolf Pekarek, who set the company's grounding in the fields of films, operas and concerts.
7:30 pm, May 18. Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai. 021-6854-1234.
Classical love story
Poetic dance, splendid stage and gorgeous costumes help bring the touching love story in dance drama Goddess and the Dreamer, to life. Scheduled to be staged in Guangzhou this weekend, it is an acclaimed production of Zhengzhou Song & Dance Theater from Henan province. The choreography focuses on the soft, floating movement of classical Chinese dance. The ancient costumes and the stage decorated with traditional Chinese brick walls will take the audience back in time to the Three Kingdoms (AD 220-280) period.
8 pm, May 10 and 11. Opera Hall of Guangzhou Opera House, Exit B1 of Zhujiang New Town metro station, Guangzhou. 020-3839-2888.
Capturing a moment in time
Spending their time capturing fleeting moments, photographers tend to have unique perspectives on the nature of time. This art event gives 13 photographers from home and abroad the chance to give their answer to the question "What is time?" Hei Ming is a Chinese photographer known for his documentary photography. From 2004 to 2009, Hei collected old photos of 300 people from all over the country who had their picture taken in front of Tian'anmen Square a long time before. Hei took a modern version for them and presents the two photos juxtaposed. At the Guangzhou exhibition, Hei shows part of this series of photos, titled Memories of Tian'anmen Square.
9 am-5 pm, until May 20. The EMG Art Center, C5, Redtory, 128 Yuancun Siheng Road, Tianhe district, Guangzhou. 020-3878-5650.
Wang Feng rocks
Wang Feng, one of China's most famous rock musicians, will conquer the stage in Guangzhou this Saturday. American sound engineer Phil Nicolo will join the Guangzhou concert's production team. Nicolo used to work with Bon Jovi, The Police and is a Grammy judge. Wang has been on a concert tour to 15 cities since April.
8 pm, May 11. Guangzhou Gymnasium, 783 Baiyun Avenue South, Baiyun district. 400-108-8808.
'Life Is Art' talk
The branch of the inspiring TED, a global set of conferences under the slogan "ideas worth spreading", at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies will invite six guests to share their interpretations of "Life is Art" at a seminar in Guangzhou this Sunday. The speakers hail from all walks of life. Feng Feng, professor from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, will take the lead to share his experience crossing over from contemporary art to fiction writing.
2 pm-5 pm, May 12. Lecture Hall of Library, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, exit at Higher Education Mega Center North station of subway Line 3.
The National Ballet of China is reviving The Rite of Spring to commemorate its 100th birthday on the stage of National Center for the Performance Arts through May 11. Wang Xinpeng is the choreographer for the anniversary dance. He said the version will show the emotional hopes and longings for a better future.
7:30 pm, until May 11. National Center for the Performance Arts, 2 West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng district, Beijing. 010-6655-0000.
- Sun Ye
(China Daily 05/10/2013 page20)