BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- With two concerts at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing Saturday and Sunday, Lucerne Festival Orchestra has launched its latest tour in China, China Daily reported Tuesday.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the orchestra are performing in Shanghai and will wrap up its China tour with a concert in Shenzhen on Oct. 19, which will also be the orchestra's first performance in the city, according to the newspaper.
Under the baton of Italian conductor, Riccardo Chailly, Lucerne Festival Orchestra brings repertoires including Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3 in D Minor, Op 30, Symphony No 3 in A Minor, Op 44, and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No 6 in A Minor.
Lucerne Festival Orchestra made its debut in China with two concerts at the NCPA in 2009 and returned to the capital with two concerts at the NCPA in 2017. Last year, the orchestra spent a week in residence in Shanghai from Oct. 18 to 22, which received a warm feedback from the Chinese audience.
"Why do we come to the same place again and again? If you want to grow a friendship, if you want to grow and really create an audience, you have to work in the dimension of sustainability. We've made lots of friends in China and, within a few years, we have built up a fan base here. We are very happy about that," said Michael Haefliger, who was appointed as Lucerne Festival's executive and artistic director in 1999.
The Lucerne Festival takes place annually from mid-August to mid-September in the central Swiss city of Lucerne.
Top musicians from European orchestras, including famous soloists, chamber musicians and renowned music teachers, come together in Lucerne to form an ensemble under the banner of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and tour together internationally for two and a half weeks after the festival, according to Haefliger.