2016. Particularly in China, it’s a year that commands us to pause and reflect. Reflection has led the SSO to dedicate this year’s Music in Summer Air (MISA) festival to the “Swinging Sixties,” and the cultural events that defined this seminal decade. The festival’s unmissable program will include: brand new interpretations of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”; “13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests,” a bringing together of folk music and projection displays inspired by the pop artist; performances by legendary percussionist Martin Grubinger of the work of the 1960s’ most defining composers from the “third world”; and works by Turkish composer and pianist Fazil Say and Chinese composer Zou Ye commissioned for MISA that revolve around Chinese themes. The musical classics that left such a deep-rooted mark on that decade will be brought back to life on MISA’s stage, for Chinese listeners, many of whom have had no direct experience of the 1960s. In the spirit of MISA’s ever-guiding principle of “Classical+”, the festival’s curtains will open to “The Light of Summer,” a work created exclusively for the festival and performed by MISA’s very own orchestra-in-residence the New York Philharmonic. The New York Philharmonic will be joined by Russian pianist and International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Daniil Trifonov, who will also grace the opening concert’s program as a soloist. This “festival-within-a-festival” aims to give youngsters of all ages the chance to experience more intimately the wonders of classical music, with a composition workshop — the first of its kind —and the founding of a student ensemble dedicated to the festival.