On May 13 and 14, Chenshan Lawn Concert opened at Chenshan Botanical Garden. The themes of the two-day performances were "Sound of Russia" and "Evening on Moscow's Outskirts", respectively. St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera House Symphony Orchestra and Chorus gave performances in turn.
On the first day, the concert presented St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Led by conductor Vladimir Otterschler, who once won the Russian Federation's title of "Honorary Artist", the orchestra brought Classic Russian ballet music, including Tchaikovsky's "Three Ballets", and operas "Eugene Onegin" and "Pince Igor". The theme of the performance on the second day was "Evening on Moscow's Outskirts". Led by young conductor Zhang Chengjie living in Germany, Shanghai Opera House Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed more than 20 Russian folk songs and classic songs during the Soviet period familiar to Chinese audience.
Chenshan Lawn Concert that has been held for a 6th successive year has become China's largest outdoor classic concert with the largest sale of tickets. Its urban cultural life philosophy of "admiring flowers, appreciating music, enjoying life" has been recognized and welcomed by Shanghai citizens.
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