WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The U.S.-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music is to explore China's affiliation with Western classical music by celebrating Beethoven's legacy in December.
"China Now Music Festival 2020, China and Beethoven," will explore the many ways that China has embraced, interpreted, and enthusiastically appreciated the composer and his works, the institute said in a press release.
The third annual festival will present a series of musical and scholarly online events premiering daily from Dec. 11 to 18, coinciding with the week of Beethoven's birth in 1770. All events are free and open to the public.
The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Celebratory events have been planned all around the world, and "nowhere more so than in China, where Beethoven enjoys great popularity among audiences of all ages," it said.
"When theaters, concert halls, and orchestras found themselves unexpectedly shuttered for much of the year, many celebrations were put on hold or re-imagined. As China begins to reopen, Beethoven once again takes center stage," it said.
The China Now Music Festival is an annual series of events produced by the U.S.-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of classical music from contemporary China, each year's festival explores a singular theme.
The inaugural festival in 2018, "Facing the Past, Looking to the Future: Chinese Composers in the 21st Century," presented the U.S. and world premieres of orchestral works by 11 living Chinese composers in concerts at Bard College, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center.
The following year, the festival presented "China and America: Unity in Music" at Bard College, Carnegie Hall, and Stanford University, and featured the world premiere of the symphonic oratorio "Men of Iron and the Golden Spike," a new major work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long honoring the Chinese railroad workers of the American West on the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Enditem