This Week from China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts

Thursdays at 9:00 pm

The NCPA Orchestra with Maestro Lü Jia

From Beijing, WFMT's new weekly series featuring the NCPA Orchestra led by chief conductor Lü Jia

This Week from China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts showcases the best-in-class musicianship of the orchestra of Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and its affiliated programs in choral music, traditional Chinese forms, opera, and more. With a focus on presenting familiar Western masterworks alongside new and traditional Chinese composers, Maestro Lü Jia and the NCPA Orchestra are sure to delight casual listeners and classical aficionados alike.

Listen to the past two episodes of This Week from China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Verdi, Beethoven, Xian Xinghai, and Guo Wenjing

January 20, 2022

This week, we’ll hear orchestral splendor and choral richness.

Ravel, Brahms, Zhang Weiliang, and Bruckner

January 27, 2022

This week China's National Centre for the Performing Arts presents, Anton Bruckner’s bold and colorful Symphony No. 6, Brahms’ choral and orchestral work "Nänie", and Zhang Weiliang’s luscious folk inspired "Dreamworld" for Dizi and Orchestra. Also featured is 2021 Chopin Competition winner, Bruce Liu, in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major.

Saint-Saëns, Liu Dehai, Mozart, Brahms

February 3, 2022

Pianist Chen Sa joins the NCPA Orchestra and maestro Lü Jia for Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2 and French horn player Zeng Yun is featured in Mozart's charming Horn Concerto No. 4. We'll also hear the first concerto written for pipa and orchestra, "Little Sisters of the Grassland" and Johannes Brahms’ heroic Symphony No. 3.

Tchaikovsky, Chen Qigang, Dvořák, Zhao Jiping, Wagner, and Suppé

February 10, 2022

This week, we’ll hear Antonín Dvořák’s monumental Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”, Chen Qigang’s touching L’éloignement, the traditional Chinese orchestra sounds of Zhao Jiping’s The Moon at Dawn over Lugou Bridge, and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme featuring cellist Li-Wei Qin. We also get two opera overtures with Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Suppé’s Dichter und Bauer.