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This Week's Tickets: Drag Extravaganza, Chaiti Art Festival, Alter. Rooftop, and More

May 28, 2018 | 15:27 Mon
Some great stuff on this week on stages and in clubs in Shanghai. The biggest drag event of the year returns to The Pearl, likewise the popular Bund Sunday afternoon rooftop party, and down at Shanghai Center Theater, world-famous Indian sitar player Shujaat Khan and guests perform for an Indian music festival. Details on all these ticketed events and more after the jump.


Thursday, May 31

Found in 1929, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (Hr-Sinfonieorchester) has spent the better part of a century balancing tradition and staying-up-to-date. With a highly diverse repertoire, it manages to meld music from an earlier time with projects designed to approach younger audience. With its world-famous string section including world-renowned celloist Gautier Capuçon, and led by its Colombian Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony continues set new standards in the romantic and Late Romantic field, and is recognize as one of the world's leading Mahler and Bruckner orchestras. They're in Shanghai performing two pieces from Haydn and Mahler. Tickets available right here.

Friday, June 1

One the world's most accomplished international boy's choirs, the Little Singers of Paris are an inclusive group founded in 2014, drawing from a rich tradition of Gregorian chant and Palestrinian church choirs back to 1907. Drawn from less-privileged families at the age of 9 or 10 and staying until their 15 birthday, the members follow a specially designed musical and educational curriculum. Each year, they perform about three international tours. The 2017-2018 school year includes a stop in Shanghai, where they'll be performing about 30 pieces. The first half of the program contains classical music including Bach, Mozart, Sermisy and Caccini, and the second half features a cappela world music from countries including France, Spain, Russia, Venezuela, Mexico and China. Tickets available right here.

Saturday, June 2

The biggest, fiercest drag show of the year is back, bitches! If you were lucky enough to see last year’s groundbreaking, documentary-inspiring show Drag Extravaganza XXL, you know this is going to be one amazing party. Shanghai's best Kings and Kweens on stage, painted for filth, turning it out -- expect a fantastic night of... charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. It's the most eleganza event of the season: Drag Extravaganza! Tucked and reloaded! For the gods! Tickets available right here.

Get immersed in the Indian music of the season! The name "Chaiti" is derived from the Indian month "Chaith," summer time. Chaiti is a form of Indian instrumental and vocal music rich with allusions to the change from spring to summer. This arts festival, organized by the Shanghai-based non-proft Chaiti Arts Foundation, is an effort showcase both the rich musical and cultural heritage of India. For Chaiti 2018, their sixth year, they're bringing world-famous Indian sitar player Shujaat Khan, with Amit Choubey and Bivakar Chodhury on the tabla percussion instrument, globally recognized among the top-rated maestros of their field. They'll be accompanying Kuchipuddi classic dance performed by Vyjyanth Kashi and Prateeksha Kashi, and, extraordinarily, even a Chinese scholar in the art, Ms. Lulu Wang. Sure to be an enthralling showcase of some of the best of Indian arts culture. Tickets available right here.

Born John Dadzie before he became 12th Planet / Infiltrata, this dubstep DJ and producer, hailing from Southside LA, is known for bringing bass music and dubstep to the North American mainstream. Starting out in high school with raves and jungle parties, he took himself into the wild world of dubstep in 2006, choosing the name 12th Planet, which refers to a theoretical planet called Nibiru, wanting to capture the feeling of taking a trip to the edge of the solar system and back. He's worked with the likes of Skrillex, Doctor P, Pastician and Skream, and was dubbed "US Dubstep's Godfather" by UK magazine MixMag. SHFT is taking him on the road for a China-wide tour, rounding out the six-city journey at Shanghai's Arkham. Expect classic dubstep with a heavy sci-fi theme and some nerdy references. Tickets available right here.

Sunday, June 3

Jaap Van Zweden is a conductor coming from being an excellent player in his own right. At 19, he became one of the two concertmasters in the world-famous Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra. Twenty years later, he began to work as a conductor for his wider interest on music and he has been the assistant of Leonard Bernstein. Jaap Van Zweden is one of the old friends of SSO’s, and he is going to be the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in the next season. “Nine” is a very mysterious number for many composers, and Gustav Mahler wrote nine symphonies during his lifetime. After the premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No.9, Anton Webern, a symbol of the Second Viennese School, said: “it seems to be a dying man’s summative review on his entire life. " Tickets available right here.

Alter. continues it's summer daze with a DJ lineup drawn from Shanghai's talented expat mavericks, doing their thing before the madding crowds on the iconic POP Bar rooftop. On the decks overlooking Pudong are Swedish groovy vinyl-scavenger Lindberg, Neapolitan cyberpunk lo-fi music-producer-slash-visual-artist Altieri, German micro house pioneer Thomas Futoso, and Milan's (and ex-resident at Lola) Clef G. The party runs from 2pm till late, giving you plenty of time to bask in everything from disco to italo to miro house and minimal, for a classic Shanghai sundowner. Tickets available right here.



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