This year marks the 20th anniversary of the reopening of the Forbidden City Concert Hall. And from April 21, more than 20 performances will be staged there to mark the event.
The Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing and the the North Kunqu Opera Theater are among those who will perform during the celebration. Over the years the hall has provided many talented performers with a stage to showcase their skills. And among then Song Fei, who plays the erhu, a bowed two-stringed instrument. She gave her maiden performance in the Forbidden City Concert Hall at 16. And she says "I am grateful to the hall for offering me opportunities to showcase the works I created in the past two decades."
Song Fei, who first performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall at 16, is the daughter of Song Guosheng, an established erhu artist. But over the past 20 years, she herself has grown into a leading artist and her father is now often referred to as "Song Fei's father". Conductor and music director of Beijing Symphony Orchestra Tan Lihua, who conducted the opening concert in April 1999 and has been part of more than 300 performances in the hall, says: "Through its various shows, the hall has made great contributions to spreading art among the general public."