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'We Were Born in 2000' concert to bring 10-day Beijing Music Festival to a close

The Beijing Music Festival (BMF), the only classical music festival in the world to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic, will come to a close on Tuesday night with the special performance We Were Born in 2000 aiming to pay tribute to the China Philharmonic Orchestra, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The orchestra will share the stage with young musicians such as Yu Mingyue, Lin Ruifeng, Ouyang Nana and Ju Xiaofu, who were all born in 2000, the year the orchestra was established.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/19 17:33:41

Stages sit dark as US performance world struggles with cancelled seasons

Recent weeks have seen the already painful situation facing live performances in the US grow increasingly dire, with major companies along with Broadway somberly scrapping hope to reopen before the summer of 2021 and scrambling to find ways to stay in the public eye.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/18 16:48:40

Egypt singer adds modern touch to Islamic chanting

Egypt's Mahmoud al-Tohamy is a master of Islamic chanting, a 1,400-year-old art form known as inshad - but that hasn't stopped him from performing the Game of Thrones theme song.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/15 19:23:40

BMF 'Music at Noon' to feature 10 concerts

Under the theme "Music Must Go On," the ongoing Beijing Music Festival is holding 10 concerts for its Music at Noon section until October 20, which aims to entertain people as they enjoy their lunch breaks.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/14 17:48:40

Beijing Music Festival holds series of concerts to celebrate Beethoven

A series of concerts are being staged at the Poly Theater from Monday to Wednesday to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth during the ongoing Beijing Music Festival (BMF).
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/13 18:43:40

BTS hurts feelings of Chinese netizens and fans during speech on the Korean War

South Korean hit boy band BTS's mention of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War after receiving an award, which reflected a one-sided attitude, has enraged Chinese netizens as many Chinese fans decide quit the band's fan club.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/12 1:42:34

Classic music festival aims to cheer up the world with orchestra of Wuhan musicians

A new orchestra comprised of Wuhan musicians kicked off the annual Beijing Music Festival on Saturday night to commemorate major events of 2020 and cheer up the world as it continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/11 17:08:40

15th China International Chorus Festival goes online, attracts record viewers

The ongoing 15th China International Chorus Festival has moved online in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the move seems to have actually helped raise its popularity. For instance, the opening ceremony that was streamed online on Monday earned more than 120 million views, the highest number of views in the history of the event.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/8 16:53:41

Biopic on Chinese pianist Lang Lang to be directed by Ron Howard

Internationally renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang announced on Wednesday that he has given Hollywood the go-ahead to produce a biopic on his life that will be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/24 14:13:40

London's music goes underground to beat lockdown blues

London's hard-hit live entertainment sector is hoping to prove it can resurrect itself from the coronavirus shutdown - and a series of gigs from a maze of tunnels could show the way to do it.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/21 16:58:40

Real-life 'Pianist' possessions up for auction in Poland

A fountain pen, silver pocket watch and other prized possessions of the late Jewish-Polish composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the real-life hero of the Oscar-winning film The Pianist, go under the hammer in Warsaw next week.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/20 18:13:40

Spoof of Lady Gaga's new music video goes viral on Chinese social media

A Chinese blogger has gone viral with an unofficial comedic version of US singer Lady Gaga's new music video "911."
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/20 15:43:40

Crown of late US rapper Biggie sells for $595,000 at hip hop auction

A plastic crown worn by rapper Biggie during a photoshoot just days before his murder sold at auction for $594,750 in New York on Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/17 19:33:40

China advances traditional music

After four years of compilation efforts, the first volume of the Chinese Music Encyclopedia has been completed and is scheduled to be published in 2021.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/9/14 18:13:41

'Israeli jazz dares' – Jerusalem festival plays despite pandemic

The Jerusalem Jazz Festival opened Tuesday but, as the pandemic has stopped most flights and barred large indoor gatherings, its organizers had to do what jazz musicians do best - improvise.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/9 20:58:40

Beijing Music Festival to kick off with online and offline events

As the global classical music industry continues to suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the cancelation or postponement of numerous international music events and performances, one of China's top classical music events, the Beijing Music Festival (BMF), is set to kick off in early October.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/8 18:38:41

Brazil clubs turn to DJs for atmosphere in empty stadiums

Brazil's top soccer clubs are turning to DJs to pump up the volume to support their players and help mask the eerie silence of coronavirus-era empty stadiums.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/8 18:38:40

BTS hit 'Dynamite' worth $1.4 billion to South Korea: government

K-pop sensation BTS's US-chart-topping single "Dynamite" could generate more than $1.4 billion for the South Korean economy and thousands of new jobs in the country, a government study claimed Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/8 17:13:40