In what was one of the longest classical music performances staged in China, from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, the ongoing Beijing Music Festival (BMF) staged a marathon concert featuring nine big-name Chinese orchestras including the China National Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
According to Tu Song, BMF’s program director, the order the nine orchestras took to the stage of the Poly Theater in Beijing had been determined by lottery.
Renowned Chinese conductors Tan Lihua, Zhang Guoyong and Li Xincao led the orchestras in performing 28 classic works from home and abroad. Cellist Wang Jian and violinists He Ziyu and Liu Ming also took part in the marathon concert.
The performance also marked the debut of the Festive Orchestra led by Yu Long, BMF’s artistic director.