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Visual Symphony @ NCPA
Perhaps a fitting tribute to the genius of Paul Andreu’s ‘Egg’, France and China are combining their artistic and visionary might once again at Beijing’s Centre for Performing Arts to bring us ‘Visual Symphony’.
This innovative visual and musical art event will showcase the work of Franco-Chinese artist Li Chevalier, followed by a performance of Tchaikovsky from the China National Symphony Orchestra, violin virtuoso Frederic Laroque and under the expert baton of Philippe Jordan (Paris National Opera), both of whom are performing in China for the first time.
Li’s large-scale art installation started with a visit to Beijing’s ‘Village of Violins’ - a small population dedicated to crafting string instruments - where she collected raw wood, shavings and finished instruments, and has now culminated in an astounding array of over 200 string instruments adorned in ink drawings, photography and sheet music.
A tough act to follow perhaps, but Laroque will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, considered to be among the most technically difficult works for violin and famed for rousing Slavik dance rhythms that demand a soloist with impressive agility and control. However, this unmissable art and music ensemble will run for one night only, so book your seats asap. Feast your eyes and ears!
On Wed 3rd July the exhibition opens at 5.30pm and the concert starts at 7:30pm in the 1st Floor Concert Hall. The exhibition alone runs until 13th July.