Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Shanghai, The People’s Republic of China

on a North American Debut Tour!

In the New Room

Friday • February 1, 2019
7:30 pm

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The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra was established in 1956 along with the construction of the famous Shanghai Opera House. Shanghai Opera House is the official government-funded western-style opera company of Shanghai, China, and the resident opera company at the new Shanghai Grand Theatre.



In addition to performing overtures and music of operas and ballets, the Orchestra is renowned for its interpretation of classical symphony repertoire. The pieces performed on their North American tour includes works such as:  

  • Beethoveen’s symphonies No. 6 and No.7,
  • Tchaikovsky’s symphonies No. 4, 5, 6 and 9;
  • Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 and Violin Concerto No.3;
  • Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique;
  • Mahler’s symphonies No 1 and 4;
  • Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) and 8;
  • Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, 5 and 7; Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1;
  • Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Finlandia and Symphony No. 2;
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2 and 4; and Respighi’s Rome Series.

The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra also plays the works of famous Chinese composers such as Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River and He Zhanhao & Chen Gang’s Butterfly Lovers. 

The Orchestra has hosted renowned maestros such as Daniel Oren, Lorin Maazel, John Nelson, Thomas Sanderling, Markus Stenz, Zoltan Kocsis, Maurice Peress and Jan Latham-Koenig. The Orchestra has toured to Finland, Italy, UK, Germany, Hong Kong and Macao. The 2019 USA tour will be the Shanghai Opera Symphony’s debut at the concert halls of North America.