• Southbank Centre presents ‘Listen to the 20th Century’ in Shanghai
  • Gillian Moore, Julian Johnson and Sara Mohr-Pietsch stage discussions on 20th Century music with performances by the Aurora Orchestra and Shanghai Conservatory with Rory Macdonald

    To launch the three-year partnership between Southbank Centre and Shanghai Concert Hall, Southbank Centre announced today that it will be staging a four-day event, ‘Listen to the 20th Century’, in Shanghai on 2 – 5 May 2013.

    Following the immense success of the first half of Southbank Centre’s year-long festival of 20th Century music, The Rest Is Noise, delegates from Southbank Centre including Gillian Moore, Head of Classical Music, will visit Shanghai to present a series of concerts, discussions and workshops exploring the music and culture of the 20th Century.

    Attending with Gillian Moore will be Julian Johnson, Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London; broadcaster and presenter for BBC Radio 3 Sara Mohr-Pietsch; and one of the brightest stars of the younger generation of conductors, Rory Macdonald and Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Oliver Coates.

    Macdonald will be conducting a series of concerts with the Aurora Orchestra, including a concert of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite performed side-by-side with students from Shanghai Conservatory. Further repertoire includes, among others, Debussy’s Prelude a l’après-midi d’un faune; Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances; Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf Live with a screening of the Oscar®-winning animated film; Shostakovich’s Cello Concert No. 1 with Southbank Centre’s Artist in Residence, Oliver Coates; Schoenberg’s Six Little Pieces; Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time; and Adés’ Three Studies from Couperin.

    Gillian Moore, Southbank Centre’s Head of Classical Music, said: ‘We are thrilled to be going to Shanghai to present ‘Listen to the 20th Century’ programme. The atmosphere from the The Rest Is Noise festival in London has been so positive and we’re looking forward to taking its ideas further afield to promote the music and culture from 20th century music. Through a series of talks and debates surrounding the concerts we will be encouraging audiences in Shanghai to understand how the classical music of the last century was shaped and influenced by the momentous events of the era.'

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