Shanghai Concert Hall
Photo: Arata Isozaki & Ass.

The 10th Summit of the Alliance of the Asia Pacific Region Orchestras (AAPRO) will be held in the Museum at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA Mumbai this September between the 19th  and 22nd. Main topics at the conference are the relation between national music and the Western art music, the state of Western classical music in India, as well as deep look into China orchestras’ development in recent years. Among those orchestras a special focus is due for the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. This ensemble has embarked an array of ambitious reforms including the formation of board committee, the diversification of funding, introduction of new musician employment mechanism, change of salary system and more, all of which have worked together to bring in the vitality of unprecedented scale to the orchestra. In 2014, the orchestra will embrace its new horizontal by moving to its new home – a brand new concert hall  including two performance venues – a 1,200-seat rehearsal hall and a 400-seat recording facility. It has ben designed by Arata Isozaki and Associates.

Devoted to serving the interests and advocacy of orchestras and ensembles in Asia Pacific region, the Alliance of Asia-Pacific Region Orchestras (AAPRO) was founded in 1996. Since then, it has contributed enormously to enhancing exchanges among its members, raising professional standards and increasing classical music audiences in the region.

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