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MISA Festival Turns 10 Years Old, Tickets Already Selling Out Pretty Quick

By Jun 4, 2019 Music
2019 marks the tenth iteration of Music in the Summer Air. The music festival (emphasis on music, less festival) takes over the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall. starring local and international stars of the more refined music genres. Also, super nice flyers! The two-week festival isn't happening until July 2, but tickets are already selling out for some of the bigger shows. Highlights for this year include Christian Jost and pianist Michael Wollny performing Jost's Nocturnal Movements and Nachtfahrten und Sirenen for the first time in China, and conductor Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing Xoclatl by Raymond Yiu. Full line-up after the jump, or just skip straight to SmartTicket.

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Though the six-man ensemble Hudson Shad (five singers and a pianist) debuted officially in 1992, their nucleus formed in 1977 when three of them made their Carnegie Hall debuts as soloists in Penderecki’s Magnificat. For this performance, with long-time collaborator Charles Dutoit as conductor and vocals from Ute Lemper, they'll be reprising their performance of Kurt Weill's "Seven Deadly Sins," which they performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra earlier this year. The night starts with Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," finished by Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique."


Six-man ensemble Hudson Shad (five singers and a pianist) with long-time collaborator Charles Dutoit as conductor and vocals from Ute Lemper, will be reprising their performance of Kurt Weill's "Seven Deadly Sins."


Sir Andrew Davis began his career with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1970, and has gone on to become the music director and the principal conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has also gone back to his roots, taking up the conductor laureate role of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. On July 7th 2019, Shanghai will see the two combine once more with Catherine Wyn-Rogers as Mezzo Soprano to perform renditions of Elizabeth Maconchy’s “Overture”, Gaetano Donizetti’s “O Mio Fernando”, and Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance No. 1”, amongst others.


Conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis will be reuniting to to perform renditions of Elizabeth Maconchy’s “Overture”, Gaetano Donizetti’s “O Mio Fernando”, and Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance No. 1”, amongst others, with Catherine Wyn-Rogers as Mezzo Soprano.


The annual Music in the Summer Air Festival is in its 10th year and is passionate about fostering young talent and giving young musicians performance opportunities. A rendition of Dream Stage I will be performed by Very Young Composers on July 8 at Shanghai Symphony Hall as part of this years festival.


One of several youth performances by Very Young Composers, this show is a rendition of Dream Stage I.


The talented Zhang Jiemin began studying piano and percussion at just 7 years old, and In 2007 she made her conductorial debut in Spain with La Traviata at the Palazzo dello Sport in Madrid, produced by the La Fenice in Venice. She is now the Conductor-in-Residence of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and on July 9 2019 will lead the SSO once more in a performance of Norwegian play "Peer Gynt", narrated by actor David Wang and Ma Qian as Soprano.


Zhang Jiemin, Conductor-in-Residence of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, will lead the SSO once more in a performance of Norwegian play "Peer Gynt", narrated by actor David Wang and Ma Qian as Soprano.


Luciano Berio's "Folk Songs" was initially composed in 1964 and arranged for a large orchestra in 1973. Shanghai Symphony Hall will see it performed in its entirety with Silvia Vajente as Soprano and Lorenzo Antonio Iosco conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. It will be followed by Igor Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du soldat" (The Soldier's Tale) narrated by Worren Mok, a libretto relating the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited wealth.


Luciano Berio's Folk Songs will be performed in its entirety with Silvia Vajente as Soprano and Lorenzo Antonio Iosco conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Colin Currie Group is a virtuosic ensemble that specializes in the music of Steve Reich. Led by Scottish solo percussionist Colin Currie, the hand-picked group was formed in 2006 for a performance of Drumming at the BBC Proms to celebrate the 70th birthday of Steve Reich. Their Shanghai show will begin with "Music for Pieces of Wood", followed by "Pulse", and will finish with "Music for 18 Musicians".


Colin Currie Group is a virtuosic ensemble that specializes in the music of Steve Reich: their Shanghai show will begin with Music for Pieces of Wood, followed by Pulse, and will finish with Music for 18 Musicians.


The award-winning jazz pianist and professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig Michael Wollny teams up with German composer, conductor and pianist Christian Jost and members of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to perform "Nocturnal Movements" from Jost himself, then "Nachtfahrten Und Sirenen" recomposed by Jost for solo piano and 13 instruments.


The award-winning jazz pianist and professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig Michael Wollny teams up with German composer, conductor and pianist Christian Jost and members of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to perform "Nocturnal Movements" from Jost himself, then "Nachtfahrten Und Sirenen" recomposed by Jost for solo piano and 13 instruments.

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