SHANGHAI, April 6 -- Chinese musicians will put on a concert called "City & Symphony" to launch the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival at the Shanghai Grand Theater on April 28.
The organizing committee yesterday announced a program of 30 concerts by musicians from 30 countries.
"We will continue to promote new music and new musicians this year which is the theme of the annual festival," said Chen Jiezhang, chairman of the committee.
The festival will showcase the work of eight French composers, who were invited to create a piece of music using one Chinese instrument and a Chinese melody.
Also coming soon is the Shanghai International Jazz Week through May 2 to 6.
Brazil-born Japanese Bossa Nova singer Lisa Ono will stage the opening concert in a 1,900-seat tent specially built for the event in Fuxing Park.
The festival will close with a concert by South Korean maestro Myung-Whun Chung and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France on May 13 at the Shanghai Grand Theater.
Ono will perform popular songs such as "Take Me Home, Country Road" but also old Shanghai songs.
The jazz week will feature 11 bands from eight countries, including Italian jazz queen Maria Pia De Vito, British jazz diva Carol Kidd, Swiss band Bconnected, Vienna jazz sax performer Tony Perez, Omar Sosa trio from Cuba, Japanese band TKY and several Chinese bands. The final event will feature American band The Bruknahm Project.