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Young Chinese artists to premiere ensemble inspired by traditional 'qipao'

Four young Chinese artists are to premiere a new and unique ensemble work inspired by qipao, the traditional Chinese one-piece, figure-fitting dress for women, on Tuesday in New York.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/10 17:28:40

British cellist gives voice to composers' muses

Music is riddled with stories of tempestuous affairs and unrequited love. In a concert series, virtuoso British cellist Steven Isserlis is exploring the influence of love on music by contrasting three familiar pieces by male composers with lesser known ones by their traditionally underrepresented female muses.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/10 17:23:39

Chinese musicians to present US debut of pipa, cello concerto in NY

A series of concerto concerts featuring Chinese cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and pipa virtuoso Wu Man is currently underway in New York March 6-9, marking the US premiere of Chinese composer Zhao Lin's A Happy Excursion, a concerto for cello, orchestra and the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/7 19:03:42

Australian violinists go viral with video throwing shade at Chinese actress and actor's 'fake' performance

Two Chinese-Australian violinists, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, have gone viral in China after posting a video on Chinese social media taking aim at a musical performance by two Chinese celebrities that they say may have been faked.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 18:13:41

Popular idol group Rocket Girls 101 to perform NBA halftime show

Chinese idol girls group Rocket Girls 101 will perform a halftime show at the NBA team Houston Rockets' Toyota Center stadium later this year. Both Rocket Girls 101 and the Houston Rockets have a large number of fans in China so the news quickly became a hit on social media after it was released.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 18:13:40

Conference on Chinese music education to be held in New York

Educators and performers from the US, Canada and Europe will gather in New York next week for a two-day conference on the developments and challenges of teaching Chinese music in the West.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/5 18:38:40

Portuguese Ambassador to China, Jose Augusto Duarte emphasizes 'dialogues' over cultural exchanges

As the first tune from Portuguese musician Pedro Joia's guitar drifted out of the Forbidden City on Monday night, the audience was transported across the world to far away Portugal. Afterward, it was then Chinese musician Duan Chao's turn to bring them back to the imperial palace with the sound of her erhu, a traditional two-stringed instrument.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 18:28:40

Stars and idols uniting young people in China and South Korea

Dazzling lights, deafening music, cool dances and costumes, screams from excited boys and girls… these are all typical elements of a performance by K-pop band BTS.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/27 17:33:40

Chinese pianist Lang Lang returns with new album 'Piano Book' and a passion for music education

After a long absence due to an injured left hand, Chinese pianist Lang Lang celebrated his return to classical music with a performance at the Asian launch ceremony of his latest studio album Piano Book on Monday in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/26 17:38:41

Queen to open Oscars

British rock band Queen will open this weekend's Oscars show, a representative for the band said on Tuesday, ending the mystery over how the telecast would begin without a traditional host.
Source: Reuters | 2019/2/20 14:53:40

French composer Camille Pepin talks about her music industry struggles

Camille Pepin is part of a very rare breed. She is a female composer.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/18 17:33:39

Foreign talents find a following in China through the Chinese TikTok

When British singer Shaun Gibson finally left China to head home for the holidays it wasn't for Christmas but Chinese New Year. During his first year and a half of playing music in China, Gibson had adapted a couple of popular Chinese songs by sampling the melodies and writing English lyrics for them.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/17 17:23:40

Chinese, Ukrainian students stage Lunar New Year concert in Kiev

Chinese and Ukrainian schoolchildren staged a concert to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in a school in Keiv on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/13 16:28:40

Cardi B, sassy queen of US hip-hop

She's brash, she's loud, and the US is all in for her special brand of sass, from online feuds to strip club brawls.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/12 18:03:39

Ariana Grande wins first Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album

Reigning pop princess Ariana Grande took home the first Grammy of her career for Best Pop Vocal Album on Sunday for her fourth studio album Sweetener, topping a tough field including perennial favorite Taylor Swift.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/11 17:58:40

George Michael's collection heads to auction

Pop superstar George Michael's art collection, featuring works by prominent British artists such as Damien Hirst, is to go on sale next month at Christie's auction house in London.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/10 19:48:39

New York Philharmonic marks Lunar New Year with U.S. premiere of Tan Dun's violin concerto

The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday presented its eighth edition of Lunar New Year concert, featuring the U.S. premiere of Chinese composer Tan Dun's violin concerto Fire Ritual.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/2/8 14:45:33

Ariana Grande gets grilled by fans

Too bad pop star Ariana Grande is vegan - she just tattooed an accidental homage to a Japanese barbecue grill on her palm.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/31 17:13:41