What's on in Beijing

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BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are a selection of shows available in Beijing in the coming week:

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Date: June 8, 9

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Concert Hall, National Center for the Performing Arts


The Gewandhausorchester is the oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world. It was founded during Johann Sebastian Bach's tenure as Thomaskantor. Bach was responsible for the sacred music in Leipzig's principal churches (including those of St. Thomas and St. Nikolai) for 27 years. In this capacity he was Music Director of the musicians in the employment of the city, the "Stadtpfeiffer" ("Town Pipers"), as well as directing a "Collegia Musica," consisting of students from the university.

The Gewandhausorchester's unique contribution to Europe's historical and current musical wealth has been recognised with the award of the European Cultural Heritage Label.

Tadashi Suzuki's Drama King Lear

Date: June 6-June 8

Time: 7:30 p.m

Place: Theater, National Center for the Performing Arts


  The drama is about a King of ancient Britain, based on a play written by William Shakespeare and generally regarded as one of his greatest tragedies. Tadashi Suzuki is the founder and director of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) based in Toga Village. He is the organizer of Japan's first international theater festival (Toga Festival), and the creator of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. Suzuki also plays an important role with several other organizations.

Here is Where We Meet: judge a Book by its Cover

Date: June 1-June 9

Time: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Place: The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)


More than 200 bookcovers designed by Penguin Books will be exhibited from the June 1-9 at UCCA, alongside workshops and interactive activities. The bookcovers include classic designs in the history of Penguin Books publication, including the three horizontal sections design, embroidery designs, clothbound classics and vintage minis.

The Railway to Tibet

Date: June 5

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Opera House, National Center for the Performing Arts


The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is a major project implemented after the Reform and Opening-up. The road connects soldiers and civilians, leads the snow-covered plateau to modernization, and showcases the hardworking, wise Chinese people continue making fantastic achievements. It is honoured as a "heavenly road."

The NCPA produced a dance drama of national unity and the deep affection between soldiers and civilians with a production team consisting of excellent Chinese artists. The dance drama extols soldier-civilian friendship and premiers in tribute of the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Reform and Opening-up. Enditem

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