Wednesday, 14 September 2011

An Evening at the Shanghai Grand Theatre

The impressive looking Shanghai Grand Theatre is located in the western side of People's Square (Renmin Guangchang). Its anvil-like appearance makes it the bigger brother of Hong Kong's Peak Tram Station (the same architect perhaps?) We were fortunate to be invited to a concert on Thursday 8 September 2o11 in this venue which is so exclusive that people who are not ticket holders are barred from even coming near to its entrance. Alert guards make sure that there are no trespassers.

A magnificent structure of glass and steel.

The interior is equally impressive with its slick shiny surfaces and an air of spaciousness.

A modern looking chandelier-sculpture dominates the foyer.

Neoclassical meets modern sculpture at the western staircase.

Modern art is a recurring theme in this palace of fine arts.

On this evening, we were treated to a concert by the Saito Kinen Orchestra conducted by the young Venezuelan Diego Mateusz. The programme included Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Bartok's Third Piano Concerto (with Peter Serkin) and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. The orchestra mastered the extremely dry acoustics to give an excellent account in their week long Saito Kinen Festival.

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