Summer festival brings live music back in Shanghai

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Musicians are resuming live performances at an ongoing summer festival hosted by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra after months of shutdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, according to a China Daily report.

The theme of this year's festival, which will run for 10 days, is a mix of classic symphonies and Chinese folk music, the report said.

Under the baton of Yu Long, who is also the artistic director of the festival, the orchestra performed Jean Sibelius's "The Swan of Tuonela" and "Valse Triste," and "The Firebird" from Igor Stravinsky, at the opening on Monday.

The paper quoted Yu as saying that having the music festival start on time is an encouragement to Chinese music professionals and audience members who have stayed in the shadow of the epidemic.

With COVID-19 containment measures in place, the event will feature a total of 17 performances presented by artists including Li Quan, Jin Chengzhi and local students' symphony orchestras.

The performances will also be available on the internet for audiences around the world, the report said. 

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