The “Music Infinity” program, twice delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ended on Sunday, with an afternoon concert added due to unexpected demand.
Initiated in 2016, the program is a series of cross-border concerts organized by the Shanghai Concert Hall. Originally scheduled for March, “Music Infinity” took place in July with six concerts by three musical groups, all of which sold out shortly after tickets went live.
“The enthusiasm of music fans has really encouraged us and the artists, who have never given up despite the challenges of preparing for live concerts under pandemic control measures,” said Liu Xia. , program director. “To see fans returning to the concert hall after delays and the tedious process of obtaining tickets, returning tickets and re-obtaining tickets is truly moving.”
The program’s fifth season included a series of concerts by young artists such as electronic music duo Frankfurt Helmet, whose “Diving into Boundaries” concert kicked off the series on July 22. The duo created an immersive audiovisual experience in the historic music hall.
Drummer Xu Zhitong followed the following weekend, fusing digital technology with jazz music. Bamboo flute artist Zhang Weiben concluded the series on Sunday, exploring different ways of traditional Chinese flute and Chiba can collaborate with a cello and a piano.
The Chiba is a vertical flute and one of the oldest Chinese wind instruments, played at the royal court of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).
“We hope to showcase the vitality of young musicians through ‘Music Infinity’ and explore the many innovative possibilities of merging music and art,” said Fang Liang, general manager of Shanghai Concert Hall. “We will continue to improve the program, transforming it into a more flexible and diverse platform to better support young artists and deliver high-quality musical works.”