TIMELESS MELODY: 35-Year Anniversary Concert – Zhongguo Sheng & Hiroko Seta
Address: Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne
Date: July 3 & 4, 2015
Ticket: Premium $168 ($159.60 Concession), A reserve $118 ($112.10 Concession), B reserve $88 ($83.60 Concession), C reserve $58 ($55.10 Concession)
Buy / Ticket: http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2015/timeless-melody/
Chinese ‘Menuhin’ Showcases Violin Masterpieces
Renowned Russia-trained Chinese violinist will elaborate famous Chinese masterpiece Butterfly Lovers in Melbourne Recital Centre.
‘The Chinese Yehudi Menuhin’ Zhongguo Sheng and his wife, Japanese pianist Hiroko Seta, will present Melbourne audience with Timeless Melody concerts of magnificent violin masterpieces on July 3 and 4, 2015, as announced by Castiglione Arts and Culture.
This will be the first time for the renowned Russia-educated Chinese violinist to perform in Australia 35 years after his first Australian tour. In 1980, Maestro Sheng held 12 concerts around Australia in 6 cities as part of cultural exchange program between Australia and China, under the auspices of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He became the first Chinese solo musician who came to Australia to perform. The ABC reported the whole 1980 tour, and regarded Zhongguo Sheng as ‘one of the greatest artists in the world’.
For this time, Maestro Sheng will bring us some works by Chinese composers, which are new to audience here, as well as the standard violin repertoire including works by Brahms, Massenet, Dvorak, Kreisler and Franck. Most extraordinarily, he will perform the Butterfly Lovers, a famous Chinese violin masterpiece telling a spectacular love story known as the oriental Romeo and Juliet. Maestro Sheng will elaborate this masterpiece to its perfection through his exquisite techniques, poetic expression and understanding of both Eastern and Western music.
“We are keen to make arts and cultural exchanges between China and Australia,” Bella Feng, brand manager of Castiglione Arts and Culture says, “this year marks the 34th anniversary of ‘the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation’ signed by the two countries. Maestro Sheng’s concert will truly be a celebration for that.”
35 years ago, music critic W.L. Hoffmann wrote in the Canberra Times: “Sheng Zhongguo is apparently a brilliant technician. And it will be interesting to hear him in a program which is obviously designed to show off his violinistic abilities”. It is true for the coming Timeless Melody concerts as well. Melbournians will have a rare opportunity to enjoy Maestro Sheng’s talents in Melbourne Recital Centre early this July.