Renowned Chinese conductor Han Zhongjie dies at age 97

HONG KONG (dpa)- Renowned Chinese conductor Han Zhongjie has died age 97, Hong Kong media reported Thursday.
Han's domestic career ran the gamut from performing in wartime Chonqing, then the provisional capital of Chiang Kai-shek's China, to touring the eastern bloc on behalf of newly communist nation in the 1950s, the South China Morning Post reported.

Han Zhongjie
Han Zhongjie
As a conductor of Western classical music, Han was later denounced during the Cultural Revolution, the newspaper said, but was then reassigned to revolutionary ballet productions spearheaded by Chairman Mao's wife Jiang Qing as a way of building socialist fervour.
After visiting communist allies from Yugoslavia to North Korea, in 1980 he travelled to the United States to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra following China’s reopening two years prior.
Other highlights of his career included conducting Hong Kong's Central Philharmonic and teaching a new generation of conductors in China, the newspaper also said.

Wednesday, April 11th 2018

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