Classical music in the year of the rat


AfriClassical reports that in a last minute change African American conductor James DePreist, who is director of conducting and orchestral studies at the Juilliard School and nephew of Marian Anderson, will not, as previously announced, be leading the Juilliard Orchestra in their imminent tour of China which takes in Beijing and Shanghai. Instead the concerts will be led by Chinese conductor Xian Zhang.

Elsewhere in an unrelated news item leading artists agency Harrison Parrott has just announced the opening of a Shanghai office and says about its new Chinese venture - 'Harrison Parrott's programme for the future includes orchestral tours, artists and special projects as we build on our collaboration with the presenting halls and orchestras ... From an artist management perspective we are proud to represent conductor Xian Zhang with her rapidly accelerating international career.'

More music behind the great firewall of China here.
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