This year, we have decided to take MISA home instead of roaming around the city. All other aspects are kept intact and developed further. With “Classical +” as its theme, MISA 2015 aims at embracing all that classical music has to offer and exploring greater diversity.
The orchestra in residence, the New York Philharmonic, is responsible for the highest possible quality in the “classical” part. With Alan Gilbert and Charles Dutoit on the podium, with Joshua Bell and Emanuel Ax as soloists, the NY Phil will demonstrate its own culture -- which is much more than music per se -- in four concerts that feature both established classics and the orchestra’s specialty: a night of Americana and a Young People’s Concert that tells about the New York City.
The Shanghai Symphony will do part of the “+” part with artists and art forms beyond your imagination. “SACRE: A Concert in 3D” combines interactive media with live performance in a wildly powerful interpretation of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Steve Reich, the legendary minimalist who revolutionized the way we perceive music, joins the SSO with his best loved works. Cameron Carpenter, the “punk” organist who turned the tradition of organ music literally upside down, comes to dazzle us like nothing you have ever seen associated with the organ.
MISA has always tried to connect with people. For the closing concert, which in previous years have also emphasized on “making music with the people,” we have a big surprise: a newly commissioned Ping Pong Concerto which have two ping pong players as soloists.