Yellow River concerto @ Xi’an Concert Hall

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Yingnan YiLu
西安市曲江新区雁南一路
Xi’an, Shaanxi 陕西, China

Finding the XiAn Concert Hall is a chord and an adventure. No one seems to know where it is, from tour guide to taxi driver.

Yellow River concerto seems to be the favorite for celebrating the National Day. I last heard it in Hong Kong in 2010, and glad to find this concert with wonderful program, somewhat fitting into my schedule during this trip.

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  1. Wonderful program: it’s Yellow River, which, probably has less chance being played outside of China. Beethoven’s 6th Symphony ‘Pastoral’ is an added bonus if not an equal attraction.
  2. Somewhat fitting: I’m going to Xi’an from Taiyuan but will have to go back there to meet someone.
  3. My adventure: getting to the concert hall.
  4. The last stroke that almost break my back: I forget to pick up my checked in bag at the concert.

Of course all of the above didn’t exist when I booked the concert.

I missed the first piece, Spring Festival due to my adventure. The pianist Shi Xiaoya sucks, big time, can’t get his notes right 连滚带爬的, far away from clean. OMG! Given what I’ve been through to sit here, I feel being cheated.

The principal conductor Dane Lam (戴恩·兰姆) is ok.

XiAn Concert Hall 西安音乐厅 is decent with many on going events, surrounded by grand buildings. The last stroke to my injury is, I forgot to pick up my checked in bag. Thank lord I couldn’t get a taxi cab at first.

曲目单 Program

  • 春节序曲, 李焕之 Spring Festival,  Li Huanzhi
  • 黄河钢琴协奏曲, 殷承宗等改编  The Yellow River Piano Concerto, Yin ChengZong
    —中场休息 Intermission—
  • 节日序曲, 肖斯塔科维奇 Festival Overture, Shostakovich
  • 第六交响曲“田园”第一乐章,  贝多芬 Symphony No. 6 allegro, Beethoven
  • 沃尔塔瓦河, 斯美塔那  Vltava,  Smetana
  • 爵士第二组曲, 肖斯塔科维奇 Jazz Suite No .2

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