Society

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No country for non-stars
Lang Lang is everywhere these days and plays anything (and because of his star status, the story about his playing the Chinese song My Country in the White House led to totally redundant discussions involving thousands of people). Dudamel is
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Music, politics and the big picture: from Hammarskjold to Gaza
The extraordinarily rousing power of music is a force that, as any other, can be used for good or evil. Daniel Barenboim’s recent concert in Gaza City has re-affirmed the positive impact that music can have in politics. Barenboim led
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Forgive and Forget
The recent tragedy in Japan is certainly affecting people everywhere. In this very difficult moment, the world at large feels sorrow for those who lost their lives and the families who have lost their loved ones in the earthquake. When
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What does our press want to tell?
I am convinced that there are real masters hiding among ordinary people – a real Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, as we Chinese often say. So when I recently happened to see several anonymously posted pictures on the internet, I was
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Chinese repertoire or not Chinese repertoire?
The following is a fictional story. Any resemblance to actual individuals or events is purely coincidental. An internationally renowned conductor is invited to lead the New Year concert at one of the most prestigious halls in China. The maestro kindly
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A Tale of Two Cities
A tale of two cities. I have no idea when this handy name came about, but it is now used by the literati to compare pairs of cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, Suzhou and Hangzhou, and
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Summing up and looking ahead
A crazy 2010 has come to an end. It was the year of the Shanghai Expo and vuvuzelas, of positive events and negative happenings, and not least, lots and lots of music festivals. Apart from the countless music events and
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Hope or White Elephant?
China’s Prolific Arts Venues: A Ray of Hope or a Ruinous White Elephant? Western media has expressed awe at the prodigious number of piano students that are emerging from China, while foreign agencies and orchestras are amazed by the rapid
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