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Finnish Symphony Orchestra Performs at Shanghai International Arts Festival

    On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of twinship between Shanghai and Espoo, a delegation of 80 people from Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra visited Shanghai from October 17 to 20 and performed at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF).

    On October 19, a joint concert by Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Young Philharmonic Orchestra was held at Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce.

    Shao Huixiang, Deputy Director General of the Shanghai Municipal Foreign Affairs Office, and Marja Joenusva, Consul General of Finland in Shanghai, spoke at the concert. Shao said that Shanghai and Espoo have actively promoted cooperation in the areas of culture and education in recent years. Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra’s participation in the CSIAF and the joint performance with Shanghai Young Philharmonic Orchestra add new momentum to the sister city relationship and open up a new chapter for cultural and educational cooperation between the two cites. He hoped that the youth of the two cities can know each other better, and deepen the friendship through the bridge of music.

    At the concert, conducted respectively by Jan Soderblom and Cao Peng, the two orchestras performed classical pieces by Xian Xinghai, Jean Sibelius, Antonín Dvo?ák, and Giuseppe Verdi. Cao Peng also made an impromptu introduction on LApprenti Sorcier by Paul Dukas. The two orchestras finally performed Finlandia by Jean Sibelius. The magnificence of the music enchanted over 1200 people in the hall and brought the entire concert to a climax.

    After the joint concert, Tapiola Youth Symphony Orchestra also presented an exclusive concert on the same night at Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce, attracting an audience of around 1000 people.