Violinist Wang Zhijiong and her Epoch Ensemble will perform a New Years concert at the Shanghai Grand Theater on January 5, in which Wang will take on the roles of conductor and soloist.
Established earlier this year, the ensemble’s 13 members are graduates or undergraduates of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Some of them have competition and study experience abroad.
Despite their varied personalities, their similar training and understanding of instrumental techniques helps them cooperate more easily.
It had been Wang’s dream for a long time to organize an ensemble. Their music ranges from baroque to avant-garde, Wang hopes the young ensemble can âpresent contemporary characteristics of classical musicâ in innovative performance styles.
Wang first performed at the Grand Theater at the age of 15 in 1998, when the theater had just opened. This will be the first time that the Epoch Ensemble will perform in the theater.
The first half of the concert will include an overture from Johann Strauss’ operetta “Die Fledermaus”, “KÃ¼nstlerleben”, “Rosen aus dem SÃ¼den”, “Annen-Polka” and “Kaiser-Walzer”.
The second half of the show’s programs include Brahms’ âHungarian Dancesâ, Manuel de Falla’s âRitual Fire Danceâ, BartÃ³k’s âRomanian Folk Dancesâ and Tchaikovsky’s âThe Nutcrackerâ.
Dates: January 5, 7:30 p.m.
Banknotes: 80-580 yuan
Location: Shanghai Grand Theater
Address: 300, avenue du Peuple