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KT Wong Foundation and Beijing Music Festival presented the “Masterclass: In conversation with Robert Carsen”

On 13th October 2016 the KT Wong Foundation introduced a new in depth interview series called Masterclass: In Conversation at the 19th Beijing Music Festival. Robert Carsen, one of the world’s leading opera directors opened the inaugural session coinciding with the China premiere performance of his seminal production of Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream from the Aix Festival. Respected journalist and […]

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Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020

Summer in Cape Town has become the centre of the art world, as multitudes of artists, gallerists, curators and collectors will set up for events of lasting cultural significance. For the art-loving public, the combined experience will blast open stupendous new views on the visual arts. Investec Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work [...]

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Rolex International Mentor & Protégé Arts Weekend – Cape Town

Rolex International Mentor & Protégé Arts Weekend ~ a first for Africa since its 20 year old inception. Brilliant mentorship programmes for dancers, musicians, writers, architects, cinematographers. More than 200 artists and arts luminaries gathered at the Baxter Theatre. The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative seeks out gifted young artists from all over the [...]

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Coronavirus: Sending all our friends and wonderful colleagues all our thoughts and support.

Sending Maestro Long Yu, and all our friends and wonderful colleagues in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra and Beijing Music Festival all our thoughts and support. The KT Wong Foundation looks forward to happier times when we can reunite again in new creative projects.

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Justine Mahoney opens Mage, her new body of work at Southern Guild

Four years after her acclaimed 2016 solo Tainted, Justine Mahoney opens Mage, her new body of work delving into the tangled web of transformation from adolescence to adulthood. Her second solo exhibition with Southern Guild, this new group of nine bronze sculptures and collages coincides with the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair and Cape Town Art [...]

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Semele Re-Imagined – a two part radio documentary on the BBC World Service “In the Studio”

Just over a decade ago, Handel’s Semele became one of the the first ever baroque operas to be performed in China in a production designed and directed by Zhang Huan and produced by Lady Linda Wong Davies in partnership with Theatre de la Monnaie Brussels. Ten years later Semele returns in a reimagined production directed [...]

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THE JUNGLE Wins Big at the 2020 Broadway World Awards San Francisco

Winner, Best Direction Of A Play, Stephen Daldry And Justin Martin, Broadway World Awards San Francisco 2020 Winner, Best Featured Actor In A Play, John Pfumojena, Broadway World Awards San Francisco, 2020 Winner, Best Featured Actress In A Play, Nahel Tzegai, Broadway World Awards San Francisco, 2020 Winner, Best Local Play, The Jungle, Broadway World [...]

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2020 Youth Music Culture Guangdong

To put the philosophies of YMCG into practice, a select group of young musicians under the age of 35 will join together to form the inaugural YMCG Symphony Orchestra. An ensemble especially established for the project, it promises to be filled with vitality, befitting the energy of Guangdong, at the forefront of China’s reform and [...]

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SEMELE Re-Imagined: Opera comes to the Shanghai International Arts Festival

Opera enthusiasts in China have the chance to catch a reimagined production of George Frideric Handel's baroque opera Semele at the Shanghai International Arts Festival this week. The two sold-out shows on Friday and Saturday will be performed by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall as part of the orchestra's 140th [...]

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SEMELE Re-Imagined: Behind the Scenes

Preparations and rehearsals are in full swing for KT Wong Foundation's ground-breaking, reimagined production of Semele at the Shanghai International Arts Festival 2019. Lady Linda Wong Davies can be seen with South African artists Wendy Dixon and Caitlin Weather, on a KT Wong Foundation Art Residency in Shanghai -- discussing the glass mirror works for [...]

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Frieze London 2019

Frieze London, Regent’s Park, 3–6 October 2019 Frieze Sculpture will also be on display in the English Gardens, from 3 July to 6 October 2019, featuring more 23 international artists. Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park from 3-6 October to present the best of international contemporary art by emerging and established artists, alongside a dynamic programme of newly [...]

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Agrippina at the Royal Opera House

Agrippina 23 September—11 October 2019 Royal Opera House Joyce DiDonato as the ultimate political operator, Agrippina, heads a specialist cast in Handel’s early operatic success. Agrippina is the ultimate political operator – outrageous and blatant in her pursuit of power. In the title role, Joyce DiDonato heads a specialist cast in Handel’s early operatic success, a [...]

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu make their First Appearance at the BBC Proms

Royal Albert Hall - Prom 57: Mozart, Rachmaninov & Qigang Chen. (Broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 6 September) The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Long Yu make their first appearance at the Proms. They are joined by Eric Lu, winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition, for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 with [...]

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Robert Carsen’s Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

Rinaldo - Robert Carsen’s witty and irreverent production comes roaring back to the stage with a brand new cast. A magical battle of wits and wills ensues between Rinaldo’s Crusaders and the Saracen army, as the fate not just of two lovers but two nations hangs in the balance. Carsen’s exuberant schoolroom staging is well on [...]

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s 140th Anniversary Year

The Year of 2019 has marked the beginning of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s 140th Anniversary Year. The last 140 Years has been a legend that keeps spinning for more than three centuries, a story of Orchestra’s integration with the city of Shanghai, a story that has taken roots and blossomed in China. For the past [...]

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Two of South Africa’s Leading Art Institutions to host Largest William Kentridge Exhibition in Africa

The largest exhibition to be held in Africa in over a decade by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge is set to open in Cape Town in August. The major exhibition of his work will be hosted simultaneously in two parts by the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) and Norval Foundation, opening 24 [...]

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Tate Modern presents the first major retrospective of visual activist Zanele Muholi in the UK

Tate Modern presents the first major retrospective of visual activist Zanele Muholi in the UK Born in South Africa, Muholi came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that sought to envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood. Muholi’s work challenges hetero-patriarchal ideologies and representations, presenting the [...]

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Karl Lagerfeld’s “Karl For Ever” Memorial in Paris

During the Paris leg of Men’s fashion month, industry insiders and celebrities alike came together to honor the memory of Karl Lagerfeld, the late legendary designer best known for heading up creative direction at the fashion houses of Chanel and Fendi. Lagerfeld passed away in February at the age of 85. The “Karl For Ever” memorial [...]

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Gateways’ released on Deutsche Grammophon on 28 June Long Yu | Shanghai Symphony Orchestra | Maxim Vengerov

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra may be China’s oldest, but it is marking its 140th anniversary with a thrilling new beginning. Recently signed to Deutsche Grammophon, the SSO and Music Director Long Yu are launching a series of albums featuring works by major Chinese composers. Gateways, the first album, will be released on 28 June 2019 [...]

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China’s Premier Classical Ensemble at Edinburgh International Festival

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is China’s premier classical ensemble – and an orchestra of global stature. Now in its 140th anniversary year, it has toured the world extensively, praised universally for its immense energy, colour and focus. The Orchestra’s Music Director Long Yu is a major force in Chinese music – as founder and director […]

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