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It will be SZSO's debut in the United States. The young orchestra founded in 2016 cherishes the chance so much that it will elaborately put together a list of glorious Chinese and western music works to ensure a feast for the audiences' ears. Chen Xieyang, renowned Chinese conductor and SZSO's music director, will lead the performance.

The list includes Spring Festival Overture, Jasmine Flower, Fantasy for Erhu and Orchestra, Horse Racing, Dance of the Yao People and Dunhuang which highlight artistic characteristics of different ethnic groups in China, and Frühlingsstimmen, L'Arlésienne and Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, which the overseas audiences must be quite familiar with.[MORE]

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SZSO makes its second appearance at NCPA

SZSO had the chance to share the stage with a number of renowned Chinese and overseas artists at the Chinese Symphony in Retrospect & the 6th China Symphony Festival concert held at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing, on Jan 15. This was the second time that SZSO gave performances at NCPA, following its first appearance on Apr 11, 2018 with a series of works by Chinese composer Zhu Jian'er.

In the event, the artists performed a list of symphonies created by Chinese composer Ye Xiaogang to commemorate the great Chinese writer and literary critic Lu Xun (1881-1936). The symphonies depict the stories in nine of Lu Xun's best-known literary works to manifest the author's consciousness of a series of social problems in his time and his revolutionary spirit.

It is reported that SZSO performed the Lu Xun series at a concert of similar kind held in Shenzhen on Apr 28, 2018 as part of the 2018 “Belt and Road” International Concert Festival.[MORE]

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SZSO stages New Year concert

Suzhou Symphony Orchestra (SZSO) staged a New Year concert, the third since its founding, at the Grand Theatre of Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre, SIP, on Dec 31, 2018. [MORE] than 1,200 seats were all occupied.

Led by John Morris Russell, an American orchestral conductor best known for his association with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the SZSO artists performed a list of classic works like Overture to Die Fledermaus, Train, The Blue Danube and Moonlight Sonata, and two encores in response to the audiences' thunderous applauses.

Since its inception in 2016, SZSO has been following the tradition to give a concert of similar kind around the New Year's Day as a New Year celebration and a small token of their appreciation for the audiences' support.

"We also hope to make it a cultural icon of Suzhou city," SZSO head Chen Guangxian said.[MORE]

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SZSO celebrates birthday

SZSO hosted a ceremony on Nov 18, 2018 to celebrate its second birthday.

The event included a review of SZSO's achievements last year in popularizing the art of symphony among the public through various performances and activities, and a release of the young orchestra's new performance schedule spanning from Dec 8, 2018 to July 6, 2019.

The review recorded 58 concerts that SZSO gave during the 2018 performance season, and a long list of globally renowned musicians such as American conductor Lawrence Foster and Chinese soprano Hui He who shared the stage in the performances.[MORE]