The 24th Beijing Music Festival is coming to an end; Honors “Masters and Celebrations”

Within the theme “Masters and Festivals”, three focuses were in the spotlight this year. The first was a dialogue between Chinese and foreign composers as a form of cultural exchange. During the closing concert, the Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun performed two of his works with the China Philharmonic Orchestra alongside two works by Stravinsky. Tan Dun’s Ritual of Fire – War and Peace expresses Dun’s concern – as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador – for the world in the age of the pandemic. BMF also presented – with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra – the Chinese premiere of Stravinsky’s opera The progress of the rake, a classic of Western classical music.

Another aim of this year’s festival was to create a solid platform for talented young musicians, an important part of the continued development of music for both China and across the world. This year, BMF presented the first Youth Music Festival by young musicians from beijing, hong kong, and Macau and has invited young soloists to perform in numerous concerts. President of the artistic committee of BMF, Yu-long explains, “It’s BMF’s responsibility to build a platform and pave the way for young musicians.”

The third objective was a tribute to composers celebrating milestone anniversaries such as classical masters Stravinsky, Saint-Saëns, Vivaldi, Mahler and Chinese composer Ding Shande while celebrating the achievements of living Chinese composers. Qigang Chen, Tan Dun, and Wenjing Guo.

For Western audiences, five concerts are available to watch at this year’s festival on BMF’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The Beijing Music Festival is co-presented by China Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Beijing Municipal Government. Next October, the Festival celebrates its 25and birthday.

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