On the occasion of International Day of Peace, 21 September, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, will perform the Ode to Virtue, a new work by contemporary Chinese composer Wang Ning, at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.
The orchestra—80 players and 134 choristers, conducted by Zhang Guoyong of the Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra—will perform the five-part opus which celebrates the humanism that underpins UNESCO’s work and Constitution with poems by Yi Heng and Han Wangxi.
The 70-minute symphony is inspired by the core value system of Confucian philosophy, which can be summed up as "benevolence, justice, courtesy, wisdom and faith" (ren, yi, li, zhi and xin). It consists of a prelude, five movements and a coda.
The concert is organized by the Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations association, under the patronage of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO.
Free of charge tickets can be booked online: http://en.unesco.org/events/ode-new-humanism-symphony-choir-and-orchestra-wang-ning