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( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-04-08 10:22:44

SHOWS

Swan Lake By Russian State

Ballet In Beijing

Date: May 5 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Beijing Century Theater

Price: 180-880 yuan

Tchaikovsky's instantly recognizable music set against the wonderfully dark story of good against evil; Swan Lake is one of the most famous and loved of all ballets. This production by Evgeny Amosov, Artistic Director of The Russian National Ballet Theatre, is heralded around the world. Swan Lake's glamorous set is evocative of the Russian Imperial world in which the ballet was created, while the haunting moonlit lakeside is perfect for the tragic conflict of the human and spirit worlds and allows the audience to be swept away in the vulnerability of Odette/Odile.

Contact: 010-6655-0000

Lang Lang Piano Recital

Date: April 8 - 2:30 pm

Venue: National Center for the Performing Arts

Price: 280-1,880 yuan

If one word applies to Lang Lang, to the musician, to the man, to his worldview, to those who come into contact with him, it is "inspiration". It resounds like a musical motif through his life and career. Time Magazine named Lang Lang in the "Time 100", citing him as a symbol of the youth of China, and its future. Lang Lang is cultural ambassador for Shenzhen and Shenyang. And if the Chinese passion for piano isn't solely due to him, he has played no small part as a role model - a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as 'the Lang Lang effect.' Steinway Pianos for the first time named a model after a single artist when they introduced "The Lang Lang Piano" to China, specially designed for education.

Contact: 010-6655-0000

French Jazz Artist Thomas Enhco Piano Recital

Date: May 6 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Beijing Concert Hall

Price: 80-599 yuan

Thomas Enhco, born in Paris, starts playing the violin and piano at an early age, and studies classical music and jazz in both instruments. At 12, Thomas enters the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, where he is spotted by the drummer Peter Erskine who offers to participate in Thomas Enhco's first CD. He is then accepted at the Paris Conservatory National Sup��rieur de Musique et Danse. In 2004-2005, Thomas composes and records his first album, Esquisse, which is released in 2006 (label Ames, distrib. Harmonia Mundi). He reaches the finals in the Defense National Jazz Competition in 2005 and receives the Young Talent Price at the Montauban Jazz Festival in 2006.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Siro-A - Spectacle Projection Mapping Show

Date: April 8-9 - 7:30 pm

Venue: People Grand Theater

Price: 80-680 yuan

SIRO-A is a seven member Japanese entertainment performance group from Sendai, Japan. Their name SIRO-A (SIRO means White, colorless in Japanese) means "belonging to no group, impossible to define as anybody." SIRO-A fuses mime, groundbreaking visual effects, and a techno soundtrack to create a whole new entertainment "Technodelic & Visual Show." The group was formed in 2002 in Sendai. Following their success at Venezia Young Art Performance in 2004, they received the Bronze Award at GEISHA#7 the next year. In 2011, SIRO-A won the prestigious "Spirit of the Fringe" Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and received international media exposure. Their international success was followed by their first European tour in German, Denmark, Austria, and France 2012.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Lucia di Lammermoor

Date: April 9-12 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center

Price: 100-1632 yuan

At Lammermoor, Scotland in the late 17th century, the clans of Lord Enrico Ashton and Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood have long been in feud. Ashton killed Edgardo's father and seized his lands and properties. Then one day, Enrico's younger sister Lucia gets assaulted by a wild ox nearby her mother's graveyard. By chance, Edgardo passes by and comes to her rescue. They fall into love with each other ever since. As soon as he knows the fact, Enrico feels furious and even desires to take revenge no matter how hard priest Raymundo tries to absolve Lucia. Out of political ambition, Enrico asks his sister to abandon Edgardo and marry his colleague Lord Arturo Bucklaw, which Lucia rejects flatly. Soon later Edgardo would visit France, so he comes to bid Lucia adieu. On that occasion, they both swear to love each other all lifelong and exchange their rings as a show of eternal love. Later Edgardo writes many letters to Lucia, all of which are intercepted by Enrico's aide Normanno. Enrico and Normanno even fake letters to tell Lucia that Edgardo has got a new girlfriend. Upon receiving those letters, Lucia gets overcome with grief. With Raymundo's persuasion, Lucia falls into the trick and agrees to marry Arturo who can help pull her brother out of a predicament. As soon as Lucia signs her name at the wedding, Edgardo returns and appears all of a sudden. He damns her for betraying him and gets his ring back. On the very night, Enrico and Edgardo arrange a duel for themselves at daybreak. At the same time, Lucia goes mad and kills Arturo and herself. Edgar knows the ins and outs of the affair and wields his sword to kill himself as well.

Contact: 400-610-3721

American Boychoir 2017 China Tour

Date: April 20 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Beijing Concert Hall

Price: 180-580 yuan

The American Boychoir has long been recognized as one of the finest musical ensembles in the country. Under the leadership of Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Music Director, the American Boychoir has dazzled audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation, and ensemble virtuosity. The Boychoir performs regularly with world-class orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and is often featured with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Charles Dutoit, and Alan Gilbert. The American Boychoir is frequently invited to join internationally-renowned artists on stage, and the list of collaborators reflects the extraordinary range of the ensemble: from great classical artists such as Jessye Norman and Frederica von Stade to jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and pop icons Beyonc�� and Sir Paul McCartney.

Contact: 400-610-3721

BodyVox - Urban Meadow in Beijing

Date: April 8 - 7:30 pm

Venue: China Millennium Monument Premiere Theater

Price: 50-299 yuan

Since its founding in 1997, BodyVox has garnered international acclaim for its creativity and unique approach to theater that assimilates all possibilities for movement, endows it with breathtaking physicality, enriches it with striking imagery and embellishes it with humor, wit and whimsy to create refined dancing that knows no boundaries. Urban Meadow celebrates the company's history of making work that has entertained and moved audiences around the world. Here are dances of sweeping beauty, intense physicality and irreverent humor. Urban Meadow represents all the facets of BodyVox in an evening of unforgettable dance theater.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Violin Recital by Sarah Chang

Date: April 28 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Price: 80-580 yuan

Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world's great violinists. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 8 she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades. Highlights from Ms. Chang's recent and upcoming seasons, have included performances with such North American orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, and Cleveland Symphony. She has also performed at the Hollywood Bowl and at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aspen Music Festivals, among others. With a career that has blossomed internationally, her European engagements have included performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and all the principal London Orchestras. As an accomplished recital and chamber musician, Ms. Chang regularly travels the world, performing with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Contact: 010-6655-0000

ACTIVITIES & NIGHTLIFE

Blue Note Beijing Melissa Aldana

Date: April 8 - 7 pm

Venue: Blue Note Beijing

Price: 380-480 yuan

Melissa Aldana is a Chilean tenor saxophone player, who performs both as a soloist and with her band Melissa Aldana & Crash TrioRising tenor saxophone star releases her second trio album (and fourth as a leader), unveiling powerful music by herself and her illustrious bandmates. Aldana follows up her 2014 Concord release Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio with the explorative and deeply swinging Back Home, this time released on the Wommusic label. Pablo Menares, Aldana's fellow native of Santiago, Chile, is again on bass. On drums is the in - demand JochenRueckert, bringing a supple and unpredictable rhythmic elan to the session. These three musicians turn on a dime and project an uncommonly full orchestral sound, rich in spiritual intensity.

Contact: 400-610-3721

The Paper Tigers album and tour launch party in Beijing

Date: April 15 - 9 pm

Venue: Jianghu Bar, Beijing

Price: 50 yuan

Beijing's "hottest indie rock band" The Paper Tigers kick off their national tour at venerable local venue Jianghu Bar. The band - fresh off the release of their music video for "Hutong Hipster", which has been streamed 8,000 times on QQ Video - will unveil their self-recorded, self-released and self-titled debut EP in a celebratory concert that also features The Harridans (in their first performance after a prolonged hiatus) and Joker's Belief (who will perform a special acoustic set). After that, the Tigers hit the road, with shows at Dalian's Hertz Bar (April 20), Changchun's Soundwave Livehouse (April 21), and Shenyang's Meidiqi Music Space (April 22).

Contact: WeChat official account: bj-jianghubar

DJ Jay Hardway

Date: April 8 - 11:55 pm

Venue: Club G Plus

Price: 100-150 yuan

Jobke Heiblom better known as Jay Hardway, is a Dutch DJ, record producer and musician. Hardway's first collaboration with fellow Dutch artist Martin Garrix "Registration Code" was released in 2012 as a free download through SoundCloud. In March 2013 the two had released the single "Error 404" through Doorn Records. In December 2013 Jay and Martin released the single "Wizard" through Spinnin' Records, which became one of their most successful collaborations to date. The song peaked at number 16 on the Dutch Singles Chart and number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. Hardway released his first solo single "Bootcamp" in May 2014. The music video for "Bootcamp" had obtained over 6.8 million views on YouTube (September 2015). His song "Freedom" with Mike Hawkins was later released on the August of the same year. Later in 2015, he made "Electric Elephants" released on Spinnin' Records.

Contact: 400-610-3721

Major Lazer at Myst

Date: April 8 - 10:30 pm

Venue: Club Myst, Shanghai

Price: 380-480 yuan

Major Lazer is an electronic music trio composed of record producer Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire. It was founded by Diplo and Switch, but Switch left in 2011. Its music spans numerous genres, mixing reggae with dance hall, reggaeton, house, and moombahton. Major Lazer has released three full-length albums: Guns Don't Kill People ... Lazers Do in 2009, Free the Universe in 2013, and Peace is the Mission in 2015. It also released an EP entitled Apocalypse Soon in March 2014, which featured vocal contributions from Pharrell Williams and Sean Paul. Major Lazer has also produced Reincarnated, the debut reggae album by Snoop Dogg under his "Snoop Lion" persona.

Contact: 400-610-3721

SPORTS

2017 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix

Date: April 9 - 9 am

Venue: Shanghai International Circuit

Price: 280-2,760 yuan

See the greatest racing show on earth this April as the pinnacle of racing technology hurtles around 5.5 kilometers of China's finest track at breakneck speeds. Va-va-voom! The race organizers have arranged the event for the best pricing and viewing options ever with lower-priced tickets and greater pit lane access. Don't miss out on the event of the year this spring. Located just outside of the city in Anting, Shanghai Audi International Circuit is 5.451kms long; with 56 laps, racers will travel a total distance of 305.066kms. The racetrack was designed in shape of the character '' of 'Shanghai'. The current track record is 1:32.238 minutes held by Michael Schumacher.

Contact: 400-610-3721

(China Daily 04/08/2017 page20)

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