It's the season for celebration in Beijing. All over the city special events are planned to mark the coming of the new year—and the stage is no exception.
January will see genius pianist Arcadi Volodos, who performs his creative take on Liszt (at NCPA on Jan. 18). Also expect to see modern classical as well, with pianist Tan Xiaotang and the band Longmao who team up for a performance of film scores by celebrated composer Joe Hisaishi (Beijing Concert Hall on Jan. 15). For traditional instrument enthusiasts, check out guzheng player Chang Jing’s solo concert (the NCPA on Jan. 15), or the Spring Festival Concert at the Great Hall of the People on Jan. 20, which will include a selection of famous Chinese folk operas, and Western opera singers like Wan Shanhong, Lv Wei and Yao Hong.
Classic plays and comedies dominate local theaters this holiday season. The Beijing People’s Art Theater bring back their celebrated drama “Home” to the Capital Theater starting from Jan. 9, led by character actors Zhu Xu, and Pu Cunxi. Successful theater director Meng Jinghui’s new comedy “Hitler’s Belly” plays at the Oriental Pioneer Theatre from Jan. 10 to Jan. 20, while another of his works—the satire “Accidental Death of an Anarchist,” adapted from Dario Fo’s novel—is on at Fengchao Theater between Jan. 11 and Jan. 15. The NCPA’s Spring Drama Season kicked off earlier this month, bringing seven plays including the NCPA original “Wangfujing” (premieres Jan. 20), which traces the history of the historic area.
Don’t miss the NCPA’s annual International Ballet Gala on Jan. 19 and 20. This year performances will include the American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy and Daniil Simkin, Suttgarter Ballet’s chief dancer Friedemann Vogel, and The National Ballet of China’s Wang Qimin. The German Hamburg Ballet will perform the “Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler” and “Nijinski” under the art direction of John Neumeier during Jan. 24 to Jan. 28.