Fifth Symphony to Confront World War II

PPG hall exterior overlayIn 2015 Peng-Peng Gong will complete his Fifth Symphony, commissioned by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra to honor the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Second Sino-Japanese War. The work, which is expected to run 100 minutes when complete, will be a grand musical testimony that gathers instrumental and vocal virtuosos, the symphony orchestra and the mixed chorus in an “expo” of classical music genres that unifies the orchestral, the solo, the chamber, the concerti, the art song, the aria, and the cantata. The text will include poems by Chinese generals of the War, interspersed with other ancient and modern texts.