Symphony concert opens virtual chapter for music
Published: Dec 30, 2020 08:28 PM
On Monday evening, the China National Opera House (CNOH) Symphony Orchestra's 2021 "Sound of the Sea" New Year Symphony Concert was performed at the Haidian Theater. 

The 2021 Sound of the Sea New Year's Symphony Concert on Monday Photos: Courtesy of CNOH

In line with Beijing's latest requirements on epidemic prevention and control, the Haidian District Culture and Tourism Bureau adjusted the concert to be streamed online only, canceling the offline tickets. More netizens could enjoy the first-class national performance while staying home. 

The concert's live stream attracted 2.27 million netizens, who were able to interact by watching together, giving "likes" and leaving comments. 

Right before the concert, the renowned chief permanent conductor of the CNOH sent his greetings to the online audience. Yuan said that the offline performance is a tradition and is known to interact with the audience in real-time, but brought limitations in audience reach. 2020 is a special year and the CNOH has developed a brand-new performance model. Through the online platform, more music fans could have access.

The new year's concert started at 7:30 pm with an excerpt from the first set of the French composer Bizet's opera Carmen, followed by Mozart's string serenade first movement, Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake suite and the opera Eugene Onegin.

Among the comments, the audience said they were inspired by the symphony's profound spiritual power. 

Some messages read: This is my favorite orchestra. Thank you, all artists for your wonderful performance.

The 2021 Sound of the Sea New Year's Symphony Concert on Monday

The CNOH Symphony Orchestra has long been active on the stage of international art exchange on behalf of China. It has a large number of influential artists at home and abroad.

The orchestra brings together famous groups and outstanding artists. 

The high-level New Year's concert of famous music brings artistic enjoyment to the audience, creates a peaceful and festive New Year's atmosphere while also opening a new chapter in the name of music.