Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley, with Pianist Yuja Wang
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The last date listed for Shanghai Symphony Orchestra was Sunday November 22, 2009 / 3:00pm.
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For over 250 years, Handel's Messiah has stood as one of the most beloved works in classical music history. This year, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra honors the joyous holiday season with a performance of this monumental celebration of faith and the human experience. The orchestra will be conducted by Nicholas McGegan, who has beautifully interpreted Handel's Messiah for over 20 years. They'll be joined onstage by the Philharmonia Chorale and distinguished guest soloists, who color Handel's various movements with rich tones and passionate intensity. Experience the true meaning of the season at this uplifting concert as you thrill to the blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and a chorus of heavenly voices. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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The music was wonderful and the performers excellent. My beef was the acoustics. My seat in the Mezzanine was under an overhang, which I believe muffled the sound. Also the miking was very loud, so at times it sounded like I was listening to somebody's too loud stereo. I switched seats in the second half and got away from the overhand and that was an improvement.
The performers were excellent. Yuja Wang played with intensity yet was sensitive to smaller, quieter moments, unlike a performance of the same piece I heard a few years ago at Davies in SF with a famous pianist who almost tore the piano up, it seemed, to demonstrate his force and power. Not good. The Shanghai Symphony presented a much lovelier sound.
My favorite part was the piece by Qigang Chen, which combined Chinese instruments and sound with Western musical sounds. Intriquing combination. I happen to love the sound of the native instruments, and combined with the beautiful voices and the Peking Opera falsetto the piece was fascinating to hear and, with the costume and dress, beautiful to watch.
Quotes & Highlights
- "(Wang's arrival) on the musical scene is an exhilarating and unnerving development. To listen to her in action is to re-examine whatever assumptions you may have had about how well the piano can actually be played." --San Francisco Chronicle
Mussorgsky/Prelude to Khovantchina, "Dawn on the Moscow River"
Rachmaninoff/Piano Concerto No. 2
Qigang Chen/Iris dévoileé
The oldest of Asia's orchestras, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 130th anniversary with a U.S. tour that commences in the final concert of Carnegie Hall's China Festival and ends in California. The Orchestra appears in Berkeley with pianist Yuja Wang.
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