Beijing National Grand Theater tickets 7 March 2024 - China National Traditional Orchestra |

China National Traditional Orchestra

Beijing National Grand Theater, Beijing, China
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Thursday 7 March 2024

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Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Beijing, China
Starts at: 19:30
Orchestra: China National Traditional Orchestra

The China National Traditional Orchestra is the world’s largest comprehensive state-level music ensemble with the most complete set of national musical instruments. It is composed of a large-sized Chinese traditional orchestra, a Chinese traditional chorus, a performance department, an art studio, etc. The orchestra was founded in 1960 under the auspices of Premier ZHOU Enlai. Its first managing director was Mr. LI Huanzhi, a famous composer and former President of Chinese Musicians’ Association. The orchestra is managed by LIU Jie as Party Secretary, ZHAO Cong as Managing Director and Deputy Party Secretary, LIU Yupu as Secretary of Discipline Inspection Commission, TANG Feng as Deputy Managing Director, and WANG Huayu as Deputy Managing Director.

Remaining committed to carry forward the excellent traditional Chinese culture; the orchestra has created and staged many excellent folk musical works, and given birth to a high number of folk music performers and composers, promoting the creative transformation and innovative development of the excellent traditional Chinese culture. The orchestra has toured Peru, Russia, etc., and has also delivered performances on invitation at many national diplomatic occasions including the APEC Conference, Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, etc., receiving much praise from numerous foreign leaders.

Over the years, the orchestra has adhered to the development idea and goal of “diversification” and “nationalization” in inheriting and excavating the essence of China’s thousands of years of traditional music culture, presenting a variety of national art forms, establishing a unique performance performing style. Chinese traditional orchestra and chorus have won many awards at domestic and foreign art festivals. Additionally, the chorus won the highest honour, i.e., the gold award, at the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students.

The orchestra has conducted intercultural exchanges with more than 30 countries and regions in the world, and visited many countries in five continents including Russia, the USA, the UK, France, Germany, Egypt, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Peru, etc. At the same time, the orchestra conducts regular cultural exchanges with Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, strengthening the family ties among all our compatriots.

The orchestra has many classic pieces under its repertoire including the national musical trilogy Impressions of Chinese MusicRediscover Chinese Music and Xuanzang’s Pilgrimage, folk concerts Splendor of Folk Music and Lingering Folk Music, large-scale audiovisual concert Eternal Worldly Joy - China Festival, and folk concert Singing an Innermost Song for the Party.

Venue Info

Beijing National Grand Theater - Beijing
Location   2 W Chang'an Ave

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is an arts centre containing an opera house in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007.

The exterior of the theater is a titanium-accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable.

The dome measures 212 meters in east–west direction, 144 meters in north–south direction, and is 46 meters high. The main entrance is at the north side. Guests arrive in the building after walking through a hallway that goes underneath the lake. The titanium shell is broken by a glass curtain in north–south direction that gradually widens from top to bottom.

The location, immediately to the west of Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People, and near the Forbidden City, combined with the theatre's futuristic design, created considerable controversy. Paul Andreu countered that although there is indeed value in ancient traditional Chinese architecture, Beijing must also include modern architecture, as the capital of the country and an international city of great importance. His design, with large open space, water, trees, was specially designed to complement the red walls of ancient buildings and the Great Hall of the People, in order to melt into the surroundings as opposed to standing out against them.

Internally, there are three major performance halls:

The Opera Hall is used for operas, ballet, and dances and seats 2,416 people.
The Music Hall is used for concerts and recitals and seats 2,017 people.
The Theatre Hall is used for plays and the Beijing opera. It has 1,040 seats.
The NCPA also distributes filmed and recorded performances of its concerts, plays and operas through the in-house label NCPA Classics, established in 2016.

The initial planned cost of the theatre was 2.688 billion yuan. When the construction had completed, the total cost rose to more than CNY3.2 billion. The major cause of the cost increase was a delay for reevaluation and subsequent minor changes as a precaution after a Paris airport terminal building collapsed. The cost has been a major source of controversy because many believed that it is nearly impossible to recover the investment. When the cost is averaged out, each seat is worth about half a million CNY. The Chinese government answered that the theater is not a for profit venture.

The government sanctioned study completed in 2004 by the Research Academy of Economic & Social Development of the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, of the upkeep costs of the building were publicized in domestic Chinese media:

The water and electricity bills and the cleaning cost for the external surface would be at least tens of millions CNY, and with another maintenance cost, the total could easily exceed one billion CNY. Therefore, at least 80 percent of the annual operational costs must be subsidized by the government for at least the first three years after the opening, and for the rest of its operational life, at least 60 percent of the annual operational cost must be subsidized by the government.

The director of the art committee of the National Centre for the Performing Arts and the standing committee member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Mr Wu Zuqiang (吴祖强) and the publicist / deputy director of the National Centre for the Performing Arts Mr Deng (邓一江) have announced that 70 percent of the tickets would be sold at low price for ordinary citizens, while 10% of the tickets would be sold at relatively expensive prices for separate market segments, and the 60% of annual operating cost needed to be subsidized by the government would be divided between the central government and the Beijing municipal government.

Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Beijing, China
Starts at: 19:30
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