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Complete Beethoven Cycle comes to Beijing Music Festival

Beethoven, probably one of the most well-known musicians in the world, is especially popular in China for his symphony works from Eroica to Fate. Now, classic music lovers in Beijing will have the chance to appreciate the complete suite of Beethoven's nine symphonies at a performance commemorating the 190th anniversary of the composer's death.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/23 17:53:40

Wagner’s ‘The Valkyrie’ charges into Beijing Music Festival

The upcoming performances of Die Walkure, or The Valkyrie, at the Poly Theater on October 24 and 27 will mark Wagner's return to the Beijing Music Festival (BMF) after The Ring of the Nibelung graced the festival 12 years ago.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/19 17:53:40

Opera 'La Voix Humaine' takes the stage at The Red

For three nights, Belgium's opera company Muziektheater Transparant will bring the one-act opera La Voix Humaine to The Red in Beijing from Thursday to Saturday as part of the ongoing Beijing Music Festival.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/18 17:28:39

Chinese original musical ‘Long Johns and Rolling Pin’ heads to Tianqiao Theater

Chinese musical Long Johns and Rolling Pin, which focuses on young people struggling to make a life for themselves in Beijing, will make its debut at the capital's Tianqiao Theater from Thursday to Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/18 17:23:39

Smithsonian museum launches drive for major hip-hop anthology

The Smithsonian federal museum complex in Washington, DC, on Tuesday announced a plan to create the most comprehensive anthology ever of hip-hop recordings.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/18 17:03:39

Traditional Chinese instruments gaining in popularity in China

Eleven-year-old Ru Wenying first began learning how to play guzheng, also known as the Chinese zither, during first grade.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/17 18:38:39

British musician Elton John to end Vegas residency at Caesar’s Palace

Elton John, one of the major musical draws to Las Vegas, will end his residency at Caesar's Palace next year, the casino announced on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/17 18:33:39

King’s Singers to make Beijing Music Festival debut

The King's Singers, one of the world's renowned vocal groups, will stage a concert for the ongoing Beijing Music Festival (BMF) for the very first time on Wednesday night.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/17 18:28:40

BMF stages ten-hour long classical music marathon

In what was one of the longest classical music performances staged in China, from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, the ongoing Beijing Music Festival (BMF) staged a marathon concert featuring nine big-name Chinese orchestras including the China National Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/15 14:43:39

Country star Aldean returns after shooting on patriotic note

Jason Aldean, whose headlining set at a country music festival in Las Vegas turned into a massacre, has resumed touring with an appeal to patriotism and US unity.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/15 14:38:39

International Jazz Music Festival opens in east China's Jiangsu

Musicians from China and France perform on the opening ceremomy of the "Shared Joy in Jiangsu" International Jazz Music Festival at Nanjing Culture and Arts Center in Nanjing City, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Oct. 13, 2017.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/15 7:36:58

Beyonce charity song finally dethrones ‘Despacito’

Beyonce's Spanish-language remix of "Mi Gente" for hurricane relief opened Wednesday on top of the US Latin song chart, finally dethroning the long-running global mega-hit "Despacito."
Source: AFP | 2017/10/12 17:08:40

Finally set free

If there's a word to sum up Beck's musical style, it is eclecticism. Over two decades he has become an alternative rock icon by swerving among genres, from folk to hip-hop to the mariachi tunes he heard in the streets of Los Angeles.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/12 17:08:40

Sharon Jones album to come out a year after her death

An album of unreleased songs by soul singer Sharon Jones will come out next month one year after her death, her label announced Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/11 18:38:41

Leos Janacek adaptation ‘Vixen’ comes to Sanlitun for Beijing Music Festival

The London-based Silent Opera is bringing their latest work Vixen, an adaptation of Czech musician Leos Janacek's original music production The Cunning Little Vixen, to the ongoing Beijing Music Festival (BMF).
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/9 18:03:39

Vinyl renaissance

Although vinyl records long ago lost their battle with cassettes, CDs and online downloads, fans of the retro music format are seeing signs of a comeback in China.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/8 18:03:39

Beijing Music Festival kicks off with performance from China Philharmonic Orchestra

Chinese conductor Yu Long led the China Philharmonic Orchestra and father and son violinists Frank Peter and Serge Zimmermann to open the 20th Beijing Music Festival (BMF) at the Poly Theater on Sunday night.
Source: Global Times | 2017/10/8 17:58:39

Collection of Leonard Cohen poems to be published in final book

The final poems of Leonard Cohen, completed days before the legendary songwriter died, will be published in an anthology next year, his estate announced late Friday.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/8 17:28:39