A Review of Beijing Modern Music Festival2012



 Opening Concert of Beijing Modern Music Festival 2012


On May 19, 2012, the 10th Beijing Modern Music Festival, supported by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and presented by the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), started at National Center for the Performing Arts.


At the opening ceremony concert in yesterday evening, five contemporary symphonies by composersfrom China, Germany, the Unites States and Thailand were performed by the Orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, with LvJia as the conductor and piano accompaniment of pianist Christopher McKiggan.Major repertoire included Blue, Blue Sky by Chen Yi (U.S.A.), Illuminations by NarongPrangcharoen (Thailand), At the Edge of Time by Enjott Schneider (Germany), The Color of Beijing by Zou Hang (China), and Piano Concerto by Robert Beaser (U.S.A.).


At the ceremony, five Outstanding Contribution Awards of Beijing Modern Music Festival were granted. Award-winning organizations and individuals included: Chinese Literature Foundation (CLF), China Symphony Development Foundation, China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO), conductor Mr. Zhang Yi, and composer Mr. Du Mingxin.


Sticking to the developmental mode with the characteristics of “performance, education and exchange”, Beijing Modern Music Festival 2012 fell into nine modules such as Fine Works Concert, Young Composer Project, Young China, China's International Forum on Culture, Fine Arts & Human Development, Tibetan Project, “School Songs” Project, and Musical Document Preservation. The Music Festival will take the concept of promoting the spirit of modern music, highlighting social cultural development and pushing forward the popularity of art education and cultural inheritance so as to bring about a big music feast.