Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has announced today its 2013-14 season. This will be the last season before the orchestra moves to its new complex consisting of a concert hall and administration space close to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota. The new hall is scheduled to open in September 2014. The season opens on September 13th.
Among the season highlights will be the China debut of Sir Neville Marriner, in line with Paavo Järvi, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Charles Dutoit, Kristjan Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach etc, China premiere of Britten’s War Requiem and Bernstein’s Second Symphony. The three orchestras where Long Yu remains Music Director also took the initiative of a joint commission. The commissioned work, a cello and sheng-huang double concerto called Duo written by Zhao Lin will get premiere by Yo-Yo Ma.
The orchestra also announced pianist Haochen Zhang to be the Artist-in-Residence for the season. A former Van Cliburn laureat, Haochen has won general praise in China with his several local appearances. One of which was his Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto under the baton of Lorin Maazel and Munich Phihlarmonic.
According to the Chinese press release SSO set the price range for subscription concerts at 60-580RMB. Subscription sales account for 23% of its total ticket sales in 2012-13 season, a 3% growth from 20% in 2011-12 season.