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A vocal concert with the theme of Buddhist music will take place this weekend. Chanting, for peace and harmony, is one of the many concepts of Buddhism. The program will feature various instruments, choruses, tenor and soprano solos and dancing, intended to create a religious atmosphere.

7:30 pm, March 8

Beizhan Theater, Xizhimenwai Dajie, Haidian District


The Servant of Two Masters (pictured right) by Carlo Goldoni is about a wily servant who gets the best of his masters. It is one of the classic works of commedia dell'arte.

The late Giorgio Strehler, one of the seminal theater and opera directors of the 20th century, directed this production. It features the definitive commedia dell'arte actor Ferruccio Soleri, who virtually inhabits the role as he outwits the pompous and teases the fickle. He has performed the role over 2,000 times since 1953.

Previously staged by Beijing People's Art Theatre, China National Experimental Theatre, Beijing Film Academy and Central Academy of Drama, the renowned Italian European Milan Theatre will present this original Italian play at the National Grand Theatre.

In Italian with Chinese subtitles.

7:30 pm, March 7, 8

National Center for the Performing Arts, west of Tian'anmen Square


The Zhejiang Traditional Instrument Orchestra, under the baton of Zhang Lie, will present Tianshan Rhapsody and Mu Guiying Takes Command and General Order.

7:30 pm, March 9

Beijing Concert Hall, 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District


A chorus and symphony concert featuring Brahms' works will take place. Cornell University Chorus has been invited to perform Ein Deutsches Requiem and Hungary Dance.

7:30 pm, March 15

Forbidden City Concert Hall in Zhongshan Park, Northwest of Tian'anmen Square


Accompanied by the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem will be performed by the Norway Opera Bergen chorus.

7:30 pm, March 22

Forbidden City Concert Hall in Zhongshan Park, Northwest of Tian'anmen Square


To celebrate the 110th anniversary of its foundation, Peking University has invited China Central Ballet to perform the classic ballet The Red Detachment of Women. The ballet is a milestone as it successfully combines Western ballet with Chinese folk dancing. Staged for the first time in 1964, the ballet was revised for the film of the same title. It is set in the 1930s on Hainan Island, where a woman rejects her depressing life and becomes a solider in the all-women Red Army.

7 pm, March 14,15

Peking University Concert Hall, Peking University, Haidian District


The Chinese Acrobatics Group, established in 1950, has toured more than 80 countries, won numerous international awards and has helped foster friendships between China and other nations. Its performance includes traditional acrobatics, a circus show, magic, old Beijing folk plays and more. The show blends music, dance, local opera and martial arts.

7:30 pm, daily

Tiandi Theater, Dongsi Shitiao, 100 m north of Poly Theater, Chaoyang District



There will be two pipe organ concerts this weekend. Accompanied by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, several Western opera musicians have been invited to present repertoires featuring the European traditional instrument.

7:30 pm, March 7,8

Concert Hall of the National Center for the Performing Arts


Young Montenegrin pianist Ratimir Martinovi studied under piano master Kemal Gekic and has over the past three years participated in 350 concerts, in Europe, Asia and America. For his latest performance he will play Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Brahms' Variations and Fugue on the theme by Handel Op 24, Cesar Franck's Prelude, Fugue et Variation Op 18.

7 pm, March 21

Peking University Concert Hall, Peking University, Haidian District


The 11th session of the season for the China Philharmonic Orchestra includes Tchaikovsky's Variation on a Rococo Theme, Gustav Mahler's Symphony Orchestra No 4 and Bruch's Romance for Viola and Orchestra. Viola: Maxim Rysanov; soprano: Rao Lan; conductor: Yu Long.

7:30 pm, March 23

Beijing Concert Hall, 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District


The China National Symphony Orchestra performs a classical repertoire to usher in the Olympic Games.

7:30 pm, until March 24

Beijing Concert Hall, 1 Beixinhuajie, Xicheng District


United States rock band Incubus will hold its Beijing concert at Star Live Concert Hall. From its first album Fungus Amongus, to Make Yourself, A Crow Left of the Murder and Morning View, the band has won over audiences with its creativity. Its members are lead vocal Brandon Boyd, lead guitar Mike Einziger, drum Jose Pasillas, keyboard Chris Kilmore and bassist Ben Kenney.

8 pm, March 12

Star Live Concert Hall, third floor of Tango, 79 Heping Xijie, Dongcheng District



Donated works from Zhang Naiqi (1897-1977) are on display, with a selection of over 90 paintings. His gifts to the museum, totaling 1,192 pieces, includes bronze, ceramics, stoneware, sculptures, jade, coins, lacquer ware, and other objects made of bamboo, wood, ivory and rhinoceros horns. As a patriot entrepreneur, Zhang dedicated his life to supporting the country's cultural heritage.

8:30 am-5 pm, until April 26

The Palace of Great Benevolence (Jingren Gong) of Palace Museum, 4 Jingshan Qianjie, Dongcheng District


Entitled Time of Life, the show gathers the works of three contemporary European artists, Ossi Robertson, Christine Jackob-Marks and Dieter Finke.

10 am-5 pm, until March 14

The First Sound Gallery, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District


Huang Zhiqiong's oil paintings take a look at the entertainment activities of contemporary people. His two series, Roller Coaster and Bungee, focus on the explosive impact of movement and speed. Born in 1963, Huang graduated from the oil painting department of Hubei Fine Arts Institute in 1987.

10 am-5 pm, until March 15

9 Art Space 798 Gallery, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District


Renowned Chinese ink painter Wu Guanzhong is holding a solo exhibition entitled Wu Guanzhong Goes to 798 Art Zone. On display are 80 ink and calligraphic works the 89-year-old artist has created over the past two years. English and French editions of Wu's paintings will be published during the show.

9:30 am -6:30 pm, until March 15

Art Bridge Gallery, D09-1, 798 Art Zone, 4 Jiuxianqiaolu, Chaoyang District


The 17th Beijing International Gifts, Handicrafts and Houseware Exhibition will take place.

9 am-4 pm, March 10-13

China World Trade Center, 1 Jiangguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District


Cang Xin's Mythology deals with human and universal values through the five Taoist basic elements: Metal, water, wood, fire and soil. These are richly imaginative surrealist images that appeal for ancient order, belief and etiquette.

9am-4pm, March 5-15

Today Art Museum, 32 Baiziwan Lu, Chaoyang District


Israeli artist Fortunee Noel's latest works are paintings on plexiglass, with synthetic pigments. Focusing on images of construction workers in metropolitan Beijing, Noel shows her respect for laborers. Employing light colors and bright reflections, the artist produces transparent effects against a solid background. The Israel Embassy in Beijing is backing the show.

10:30 am-5:30 pm, until March 23

Imagine Gallery, Feijiacun Donglu, Cuigezhuang, Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District


The 14th China International Expo for Hotel and Restaurant Facilities, Equipment and Services has been scheduled.

9 am-4 pm, March 16-18

China World Trade Center, 1 Jiangguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District


Great Civilization presents a brilliant space-and-time tunnel, stretching back from 3,000 BC, up to the 18th century. Focusing on Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Indian, American, Greek and Roman civilizations, the exhibition has 328 exhibits, including sculptures, murals, bronze ware, pottery and jewelry, and other precious archeological and artistic cultural relics from 14 museums around the world.

9am-5pm, until October

Beijing World Art Museum, China Millennium Monument, A9 Fuxinglu, Haidian District


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