Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Announces Music in the Summer Air Festival Programming

By Logan Martell

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has announced the programming for their annual Music in the Summer Air (MISA) Festival. Running From July 10-24, 2021, the festival will see 23 concerts held in Shanghai Symphony Hall’s Concert Hall, Chamber Hall, Urban Music Lawn, and Yellow Lounge China’s TRI venue.

For this article, we will focus exclusively on vocal performances. A full listing of the performances can be found on their website.

Conductor Gao Song and director Shuang Zou will lead soprano Li Jingjing and the Shanghai Camerata for Handel’s “Nine German Arias, HWV 202-210,” and Wim Henderickx’s “Sweet Silence,” “Into the Darkness, “Into the Light and Joy,” and “Enchanting Emptiness.

Performance Date: July 12, 2021.

Soprano Hongni Wu and tenor Wang Feng will perform Schoenberg’s arrangement of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde,” joined by ceramic bass-horn player Zhang Meng and percussionist Rong Chenchu. Tan Dun conducts the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Performance Date: July 14, 2021.

The festival’s finale will see Long Yu conduct a concert featuring vocalist Zhou Shen, pianist Haochen Zhang, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, performing Faure’s “IV. Pie Jesu” from “Requiem in D minor,” and Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major.

Performance Date: July 24, 2021.

Among the China-based organizations are East Coast Quartet, Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra, GSO Feiyue String Quartet, Magnolia Quartet, Strikeast Percussion Ensemble, Neoclassical Chamber Orchestra, Shanghai Camerata, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, and Suzhou Chinese Orchestra.

14 of the concerts will be live-stream globally through Bilibili, Kankan News, and The Paper platforms.