Performances by artists and ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Jian Wang, Ning Feng, Haochen Zhang, Liwei Qin, Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza, Benjamin Appl, Ksenija Sidorova, Thomas Hampson and the Makoto Ozone Jazz Quartet, amongst others

–        World premiere of Elliot Leung’s Wuxia, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of novelist Jin Yong

–        World premiere of a new two-piano eight-hands arrangement of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by Shi Shucheng

–        A platform for young musicians with performances by children and youth choirs in addition to music students and a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy

–        13 ‘Across the City’ activities which will see musicians perform at landmarks around Shanghai

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has revealed the line-up for its 15th annual Music in the Summer Air Festival (MISA) which returns this summer. The line-up features both established artists and ensembles alongside up-and-coming talent. The Orchestra will host performances by visiting artists and ensembles from around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Benjamin Appl, La Risonanza and Ning Feng. In addition to performances in the Concert Hall and Chamber Hall at Jaguar Shanghai Symphony Hall, the MISA programme also includes 7 free Open Air events, 5 cultural talks and 13 ‘Across the City’ activities which will see musicians performing at landmarks around Shanghai.

Jaguar Shanghai Symphony Hall – Concert Hall
The Festival opens on the main stage of the Jaguar Shanghai Symphony Hall with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Music Director Long YuYang YangHuang Yi and Sun Yifan, performing a programme featuring music by Chopin, Brahms, Strauss, Mendelssohn and more, with soloists Ning Feng, Jian Wang, Liwei Qin, Haochen Zhang and Serena Wang [1 July]. The following night sees the much-anticipated return of the New York Philharmonic who return to Shanghai with the full orchestra for the first time since 2019. Jaap van Zweden conducts the orchestra in two concerts of music by Mahler and Brahms with soloist Thomas Hampson [2 July] followed by Mozart and Copland symphonies [3 July].

Fabio Bonizzoni will direct La Risonanza in a programme of Handel and Vivaldi with the Shanghai Camerata [11 July].

Long Yu and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra return to the main stage for the MISA Closing Concert, where they will perform Tan Dun’s Hero Concerto from Martial Arts Trilogy alongside the world premiere of Elliot Leung’s Wuxia, co-commissioned by Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Chengdu Symphony Orchestra and Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of novelist Jin Yong who died in 2018 [15 July].

Jaguar Shanghai Symphony Hall – Chamber Hall
Seven concerts have been programmed in the Chamber Hall as part of MISA, starting with a concert of piano duos with Shi Wei, Shi Rong, Lok-Ping Chau and Lok-Ting Chau who will perform duos by Mozart and Arensky as well as the world premiere of a new two piano eight hands arrangement of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by Shi Shucheng [4 July].

The chamber programme includes recitals by accordion player Ksenija Sidorova and baritone Benjamin Appl [5 July] and mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu and pianist Sergey Rybin [12 July]. The GCG Chamber Orchestra perform works by Bernstein, John Adams, Corigliano and Korngold [6 July] and musicians from Hong Kong Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra join together for a programme including Weber’s Clarinet quintet[13 July].

A platform for young musicians
An important aspect of MISA has always been creating a platform for young musicians to perform, whether they are children, amateur groups or conservatoire students. This year, the Festival hosts a ‘Sounds of Shanghai’ concert featuring the Shanghai Huangpu Youngster’s Activity Center’s Spring Children’s Choir [6 July]. The Shanghai Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and League, Shanghai Youth Choir, League of Shanghai Youth Orchestras and the Shanghai Student Chinese Orchestra also have the opportunity to perform on the main stage as part of the Festival [9, 10, 12 & 13 July]. The MISA Students’ Ensemble will perform in the Chamber Hall with SSO Assistant Conductor Zhang Lu [14 July].

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) – a post-graduate programme for orchestral musicians founded by SSO and New York Philharmonic – musicians from SSO, New York Philharmonic and SOA come together to perform a special gala concert [7 July].

MISA Open Air
The popular MISA Open Air concerts return this year, with seven free concerts on the Shanghai Urban Music Lawn. The programme includes harmonica player Gianluca Littera and conductor Zhang Lu [5 July], the JZ Big Band [6 July], a tango trio with Ksenija Sidorova, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Claudio Constantini [7 July] and the Italian Saxophone Quartet [8 July]. SSO Conductor-in-Residence Zhang Jiemin conducts the orchestra with soprano Fang Qiong [9 July] and Novus-Classica Camerata perform with pianist Serena Wang conducted by Yukuang Jin [11 July]. The MISA Open Air programme ends with a performance of music by the Makoto Ozone Jazz Quartet [12 July].

MISA Cultural Talks and ‘Across the City’
Five cultural talks have been programmed as part of MISA focussing on different cultural topics, including the novelist Jin Yong and the vibrancy of daily life in Shanghai. The MISA ‘Across the City’ programme will see musicians and dancers performing at different landmarks across Shanghai, including cultural spaces and commercial squares.