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The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra goes on tour in China: two stops and five concerts with Zubin Mehta

Maestro Zubin Mehta, leading the Maggio Orchestra, leaves for a prestigious tour that brings the Maggio back to China more than 10 years after the last time.

Five symphonic concerts in total: the first two dates are at the "Grand Theatre" in Tianjin on 19 and 20 June and three dates are scheduled at the "National Center for the Performing Arts" in Beijing on 21, 22 and 23 June.

Florence, June 17th 2024 – A few days after the closing symphonic concert of the 86th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Fesstival, cheered triumphantly by a sold-out Mehta Hall, the director emeritus Zubin Mehta, leading the Maggio Orchestra, embarks to return to China more than ten years after the last time.

So the announced and important tournée of the Maggio Orchestra in China with five prestigious symphony concerts in two stages begins: the first two are scheduled for June 19th and 20th at the "Grand Theatre" in Tianjin, a city where Maggio arrives for the first time.

On the orchestra's lecterns, Concerto n. 2 in F minor op. 21 for piano and orchestra by Frédéric Chopin and Symphony no. 7 in D minor op. 70 by Antonín Dvorák for the concert on June 19th while a program entirely focused on the compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven is scheduled for the evening of June 20th: opening with the Concerto in D major op. 61 for violin and orchestra; the performance ends with the famous Symphony no. 7 in A major op. ninety two.

Immediately after the performance on June 20th, maestro Mehta and the Orchestra will leave, accompanied for this second stage also by the superintendent Carlo Fuortes, towards the Chinese capital, Beijing, where Maggio, Mehta and the Orchestra - especially after the Turandot in the Forbidden City in 1998 - enjoy great fame and respect, for three highly anticipated concerts in the imposing “National Center for the Performing Arts”; the concerts are scheduled for June 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

Also on the bill for the performances on June 21st and 23rd is Concerto n. 2 in F minor op. 21 for piano and orchestra by Frédéric Chopin and Symphony no. 7 in D minor op. 70 by Antonín Dvorak; while the Concerto in D major op. 61 for violin and orchestra and the Symphony n. 7 in A major op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethovenwill be performed in the concert on June 22nd.

Piano soloist in the concerts on 19th, 21st and 23rd June Vanessa Benelli Mosell: during her career has already performed, both as a pianist and as a conductor, in some of the most prestigious concert halls internationally such as the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Lincoln Center in New York and at the Teatro alla Scala. In the concerts on 20 and 22 June, violin soloist, is Amira Abouzahra: very young, she has already participated and won numerous international competitions, including the “Jugend musiziert” in Germany, the International Ilona Fehér Violin Competition in Hungary, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra in Virtuosos Talent Show and the String Soloist Award at the ISA Festival performing on prestigious stages such as Lincoln Center in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Palace of Arts in Budapest and the Old Parliament House in Singapore.

For the fifth time in its history, the Orchestra del Maggio - led as in each of these tours by its director emeritus for life Zubin Mehta - returns to China, consolidating an almost thirty-year artistic bond that began with the historic Turandot directed by Zhang Yimou in 1998 in the legendary “Forbidden City” of Beijing – until then never permitted for live performances – when Zubin Mehta conducted the May Orchestra and Choir in nine memorable consecutive evenings in front of over 4000 people for each single performance. The public success in the 2005 stages was also great; again in Beijing at the Poly Theater in 2007 and in 2011 in Shanghai and Suzhou.