Chinese, Russian artists to participate in Beijing Great Wall Concert at Badaling
Published: May 14, 2024 04:33 PM
Attended by famous Chinese and Russian artists, the 2024 Beijing Great Wall Concert will be staged at Badaling Wangjing Cultural Square from May 17 to 18 and from May 25 to 26 to mark the 75th anniversary of China-Russia diplomatic ties. The four world-class open-air musical performances will be accessible to the public. 

A press conference on the 2024 Beijing Great Wall Concert in Yanqing district, Beijing, on May 13, 2024 Photo: bjnews

A press conference on the 2024 Beijing Great Wall Concert in Yanqing district, Beijing, on May 13, 2024 Photo: bjnews

China and Russia share a profound cultural and artistic heritage, and hosting events like the Great Wall concert will help deepen mutual understanding between the two peoples and promoting the healthy development of bilateral relations, said Long Yuxiang, the executive chairman of the China International Cultural Communication Center, at a press conference.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of China-Russia diplomatic ties and has been established as the Year of Culture between China and Russia. This year is also the third year that the Beijing Great Wall Concert takes place, Long noted. 

The performances on May 17 and 18 will feature some of the best artists from China and Russia, among them there will be violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet, pianist Denis Matsuev, Chinese Singer Yin Xiumei and Russian bass opera singer Ildar Abdrazakov. 

From May 25 to 26, a mashup of classical music and jazz will be staged with the participation of famous Russian saxophonist Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra, which has performed with many world-class jazz stars. During the concert, the orchestra will jointly perform on the same stage as the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra "Novaya Rossiya."

Ma Honghuan, head of the publicity department of the Yanqing district, said that "Music is the shared language of human beings and it can be understood across national borders." 

The Great Wall is a shining pearl in China that preserves intact the history and culture of the Chinese nation. The concert will showcase the charm of the Great Wall, injecting new strong momentum into the Great Wall Cultural Belt initiative, one of the three cultural belts projects promoted in Beijing. 

On May 18 and May 25, the concert will be broadcasted live on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of social media platform X, and aerial photography will capture the enchanting atmosphere from above to allow the online audiences to better appreciate the beautiful music across time and space.