Message from the President of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on the occasion of the 140th Anniversary Celebration Year

The Year of 2019th has marked the beginning of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s 140th Anniversary Year. The last 140 Years has been a legend that keeps spinning for more than three centuries, a story of Orchestra’s integration with the city of Shanghai, a story that has taken roots and blossomed in China.

For the past 140 Years Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has experienced the upheaval periods and several historical turbulences. And only because of the great dedication of the musicians, it went through ups and downs and all the difficulties without any interruption or stagnation. It witnessed the journey of New China and embraced the magnificent era with the global horizon of Chinese artists.

From 1879 to 2019, as a professional institution, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra was the first orchestra in China to widely introduce symphonic music to Chinese audience. It is the very first orchestra to perform Chinese orchestral works, the first to cultivate Chinese musical talents, the first to perform on many world class stages such as Berliner Philharmonie Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lucerne Festival and others. It is also the first orchestra to sign an exclusive worldwide recording deal with the Deutsche Grammophon. These all achievements has been another proof of our Orchestra’s slogan “Music Connecting Worlds”.

During the past 10 years, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra followed the world class vision and international orchestra structure. It developed and initiated different projects such as professional Music Season, Music in the Summer Air (MISA) Summer Festival, Shanghai New Year’s Concert, Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, Shanghai Orchestra Academy, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Museum and many other brands and multiple international platforms that explored, leaded and developed our industry throughout the country.

We are thankful to the leaders , our community, our general public and all our music fans for their enthusiasm and full support that helps our orchestra to remain youthful and energetic. “We may be old but we are young! “

Standing at the starting point of this historical 140th year for our orchestra, we ensure to continue our musical journey. We respect and cherish the long history of our orchestra and together with the professionalism and spirit of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s people we remain international in outlook and continue marching forward courageously for our supporters and beloved audience.

President of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra  Fedina Zhou
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Activities   of   SSO   140 ᵀᴴ   Anniversary

SSO ACROSS THE CITY

The first electric lamp of China lighted up in Shanghai in 1879. Shanghai Public Band, the predecessor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra was established in the same year. Through the development of 140 years, the Shanghai Symphony has been creating unique musical footprints in this city.

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is 140 years old. Although it may sound old, our spirit is pretty young! For this celebration year, while we continue receiving greetings from around over the world, we continue paying back the city that has been our home for over a century – Shanghai! Most specifically, we create for you this unique opportunity to become a great part of it and continue spreading the music around our city together with us!

We are starting the ‘SSO Across the City’ event this January. This project is offering you a remarkable opportunity of having your own concert at your favorite location in Shanghai. You will be given the chance of bringing the orchestra to the location you expect has a history connected to the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra or Shanghai City.

The only thing you need to do is mailing to xiaochengshe@shsymphony.com and tell YOUR story that is connected with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra or generally music, share with us why you consider our orchestra has to go to that particular location and perform there.

The application is open to various institutions, individuals, private organizations based in Shanghai that has a story to tell.

(Learn more about the event details and be part of our music celebration!)

Activity Details

—Application
All institutions or individuals may send their application to the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra throughout 2019, the form of performance is unlimited!
Let your musical imagination fly!

—How the selection is made
The review of the applications will be conducted four times throughout the year. The first batch of the applications will be completed before February 15, 2019 (the next three deadlines are May 15, August 15 and November 15).
Public voting will start on SSO’s Wechat after the primary election,
The jury for the final election includes players and staff members of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra reserves the right of final interpretation of the event.

STAR OF THE MONTH