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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.


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."

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.

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

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 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: 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.


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