Photo from LJ
Perhaps the next few months will see an influx of cultured New Yorkers at the World Expo, after China pushed to have the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (and Lang Lang) play the second half of the New York Philharmonic’s free outdoor summer concert series.
According to the New York Times:
The 80-member orchestra, led by the conductor Long Yu — the über-maestro of China — is here for a week to play the job. The New York Philharmonic is being paid a fee for the Shanghai Symphony’s appearance.
The idea for the concert came in a meeting last year between Mr. Yu and Zarin Mehta, the Philharmonic’s president and executive director. Mr. Yu asked if the Philharmonic could visit Shanghai as part of Expo-related festivities. Scheduling did not work.
“We said, ‘Why don’t you be our guests,’ ” Mr. Mehta recounted. The idea for a joint concert emerged. “I said, ‘Look, it will be nice if you could help us defray some of the costs,’ ” Mr. Mehta added. “We are benefiting from it, and they are benefiting from the promotion.”
Hey, win-win situation! And if Xinhua’s write up was anything to go by, they already succeeded! Says Xinhua, “Baritone Liao Changyong and Soprano Huang Ying received long-lasting applauds from audience and their chorus of the Shanghai Expo theme song — “To the World Expo,” which combined Eastern and Western music culture, made all the audience intoxicated.”
Hate to break it to you Xinhua, but if it’s a free concert in New York, chances are it wasn’t the music that made everyone “intoxicated.” Haha, just kidding, kind of. I commend this effort – it is a much better use of money than that pitiful Expo billboard we saw in New York’s Times Square before the start of the event. Anyhow, nobody’s put up a video of the series yet, but when they do, we’ll see how great it no doubt was!