This Week from China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts

Series produced by The WFMT Radio Network

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This Week from China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts showcases the best-in-class musicianship of the orchestra of Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and its affiliated programs in choral music, traditional Chinese forms, opera, and more. With a focus on presenting familiar Western masterworks alongside new and traditional Chinese composers, maestro LÜ Jia and the NCPA Orchestra are sure to delight casual listeners and classical aficionados alike. This Week from China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts is designed to complement WFMT’s orchestral series and is available for broadcast starting in late December or at any time throughout the year.

This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast of each program through December 20, 2022.

If you're interested in airing, please contact:
Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112

Highlights of the series include:

• A focus on Beethoven’s symphonic works, beginning with his Symphony No. 6 in F Major (22-01), and concluding with the awe-inspiring Symphony No. 9 in D Minor with the exceptional NCPA Chorus (22-13);

• Audience-centered works such as Hideo Saito’s arrangement of the Bach Chaconne in D Minor (22-10), waltzes by Glazunov (22-11) and Johann Strauss II (22-12), and the always-gorgeous tone poems of Debussy with La mer (22-09) and Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (22-08);

• Masterful compositions by Chinese composers, including HE and CHEN’s beautiful violin concerto The Butterfly Lovers (22-10), LI’s rousing Spring Festival Overture (22-07), XIAN’s stunning Yellow River Cantata for orchestra, chorus, and soloists (22-03), and two exceptional works by CHEN Qigang, L'éloignement for orchestra (22-06), and the enthralling Jiang Tcheng Tse (22-12), featuring elements of Peking Opera in an approachable and moving performance by acclaimed soprano Meng Meng;

• The familiar but often-underrepresented sounds of traditional Chinese instruments, featuring the erhu in a concert performance of TAN Dun’s powerful soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (22-01), concertos for pipa (Chinese lute) in Little Sisters of the Grassland (22-05) and Flying Fairies of the Silk Road (22-08), the dizi (a traditional flute) in Julian YU’s Concerto on Chinese Themes (22-10), and an exciting trio of percussion soloists in XU Changjun’s Dragon Dance to round out the series;

China’s NCPA Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing. Since its founding in 2010, the orchestra has fast established itself as one of the most adventurous and dynamic orchestras in the country and earned an international reputation through extensive performances abroad. Many world-renowned artists have collaborated with the orchestra, including Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Rudolf Buchbinder, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Renee Fleming, and many others. Lorin Maazel worked closely with the orchestra before his passing and praised the musicians for their "amazing professionalism and great passion in music". Christoph Eschenbach also declared it as "one of the finest orchestras in Asia".

In February 2012, LÜ Jia took up the post of Chief Conductor, succeeding CHEN Zuohuang, NCPA's then Artistic Director of Music as well as a founder of the orchestra. In January 2017, LÜ Jia started serving as NCPA's Artistic Director of Music and the NCPA Orchestra's Music Director.

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This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast of each program through December 20, 2022.If you're interested in airing, please contact: Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112Highlights of the series include:• A focus on Beethoven’s symphonic works, beginning with his Symphony No. 6 in F Major (22-01), and concluding with the awe-inspiring Symphony No. 9 in D Minor with the exceptional NCPA Chorus (22-13);• Audience-centered works such as Hideo Saito’s arrangement of the Bach Chaconne in D Minor (22-10), waltzes by Glazunov (22-11) and Johann Strauss II (22-12), and the always-gorgeous tone poems of Debussy with La mer (22-09) and Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (22-08);• Masterful compositions by Chinese composers, including HE and... Show full description


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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts,” we conclude the series with Beethoven’s famed Symphony No. 9 “Choral;” th...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts," we’ll hear Wang Yunfei’s 'Spring Flowers and Autumn Fruits'; Franz Schube...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts,” we hear piano virtuoso Lang Lang perform with the NCPA Orchestra in Beet...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts,”, we’ll hear He Zhanhao and Chen Gang’s moving Violin Concerto: "The B...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts,” we’ll hear Beethoven’s magnificent incidental music for Egmont; Zhao Jipi...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts”, we’ll hear Beethoven’s grand Choral Fantasy; Chopin’s virtuosic Piano Co...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts”, we’ll hear Arnold Schoenberg’s touching "Transfigured Night"; Britten’s S...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts”, we’ll hear Antonín Dvořák’s monumental Symphony No. 9 “From the New World...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts”, we’ll hear pianist Chen Sa in Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2, Johannes ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts”, we’ll hear Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major with pianist Bruce Liu; Anto...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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On the next “This Week from China’s National Centre for Performing Arts”, we hear the might of both the NCPA’s Orchestra and Chorus in Verdi’s “Va,...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2022
  • Length: 01:58:30
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The great NCPA Orchestra flexes its symphonic muscle with Beethoven’s 8th and Schubert’s 8th on “This Week from China’s National Centre for Perform...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2021
  • Length: 01:58:30
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Inaugurated in 2007, China’s ‘National Centre for Performing Arts’, or the 'NCPA', has been a cultural beacon in country’s vast musical landscape. ...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2021
  • Length: 01:58:30