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The Third NCPA Chorus Festival wowed fans

Music lovers heard voices from around the world at the third National Center for the Perfomring Arts (NCPA) Chorus Festival in Beijing this month.

The two-week concert ended Saturday following performances that included a salute to Gustav Mahler on the 100th anniversary of the composer's death from the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by Myung-Thun Chung, the orchestra performed Mahler's famous Fourth Symphony.

Another highlight was the return to Beijing of Giacomo Puccini's classic opera Turandot. The Chinese Opera Theater launched a special Peking opera, performed by couples, during the Double Sevenths Festival to praise the beautiful love story by using traditional art. Six choirs, from Slovenia, Austria and China performed during this year's festival.

Six choirs, from Slovenia, Austria and China performed during this year's festival.

The Slovenian choir has achieved numerous accolades around the world, including First Prize at the International Choral Festival in Finland in 2003, and the Golden Award at Slovenian National Choral Competition in 2005

The Wilten Boys' Choir from Austria, which was established in the 13th century, making it one of the oldest choirs in the world, entertained an NCPA audience on Aug 5. The festival also featured several Chinese choirs, including the National Symphony Orchestra Choir and the NCPA Choir. The NCPA Choir, under the baton of Li Xincao, closed the festival on Aug 13.

The APZ Tone Tomsic Concert is the festival's opening event on Aug 2, performed by Slovenia's Akademski pevski zbor v Ljubljani (Academic Choir of the University of Ljubljana) founded in 1926 by France Marolt. At first an all-male choir, female voices were added after World War II. From the Alps to the Danube, the voices of Austria came alive at the festival with a performance by the Wilten Boys Choir on Aug 5. The choir was founded in the mid-13th century. The youngest members are 6 years old. Since 1991, Johannes Stecher has served as the choir's art director.

Turandot returns to Beijing with the NCPA's version of the Puccini opera performed Aug 5 through Aug 7 at the opera house of the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Hao Weiya, the young Chinese composer, entrusted by National Center for the Performing Arts, to become the third composer internationally and the first in China to complete Puccini's Turandot. 

Myung-Whun Chung leads the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra on Aug 4 at this year's NCPA August Chorus Festival. The orchestra performed Gustav Mahler's Symphony No 4 in G Major to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death. The orchestra also performed Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No 7 in A Major.

Young Rhythm 2011, the Asian Youth Orchestra Concert, is performed Aug 7 at the NCPA August Chorus Festival in Beijing. The concert featured the works of Sarasate's Prokofiev' and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4.

The National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing welcomes the China PLA Military Orchestra Army Day Concert on Aug 1 at the NCPA August Chorus Festival. The concert was led by Wang Dengmei.

A Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of PLA Navy Arts Ensemble′s Founding - Scenic Music and Dance Poem Seething Deck A Special Performance for the 90th Anniversary of CPC′s Founding.

The National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing celebrates the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China with performances by the PLA Navy Arts Ensemble July 31 through Aug 1. The concert also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the PLA Navy Arts Ensemble.

The NCPA August Chorus Festival 2011 welcomes another opportunity to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Community Party of China with performances of A River Dyed Red on Aug3 and Aug 4 by the Heilongjiang Ping Opera Theatre. The opera has been performed more than 400 times and won numerous national awards. 

Peking Opera couples celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day and the CPCA Chorus Festival with a performance of Love of Double Seventh Festival on Aug 5 in Beijing. The seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called "Double Sevenths Festival". On this day, characters named Cowherd and Weaver Girl meet on the Milky Way according to a traditional legend known as the Story of Wang Baochuan. 

Award winning pianist Sun Yingdi performs at the NCPA Chorus Festival in Beijing on Aug 5. Sun won First Prize at the prestigious 7th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, which was held in Utrecht in 2005. He has since embarked on a demanding international concert tour. For more than two years, this tour has taken him around the globe to stops at concert halls in France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Finland, Switzerland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, China, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.