Address: 2 Changan Jie Xi, West of the Great Hall of the People, Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District Phone: 010-6606-4707 Transportation: Subway Line 1 at Tiananmen Xi (exit C) Website(Chinese only): www.chncpa.org/n16/index.html
Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts (Chinese: 国家大剧院, formerly known as the National Grand Theatre, nicknamed the "egg"), which opened in December 2007 after three years of delay, is designed to be China's foremost cultural center. The $400 million Complex, one of the most talked-about and controversial architectural projects for years, is an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake and sits in stark contrast next to the monolithic, 1950s Soviet-style Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square. Designed by French architect Paul Andreu, the 149,500 square metre (37 acre) building has a 2398-seat opera house, a 2,019-seat concert hall with pipe organ and a 1,035-seat theatre for plays, with competitively priced tickets.
Address: 43 Baojiajie, Xicheng district, Beijing Phone: 010-6641-2585, 010-6641-9936 Fax: 010-6641-3138 Transportation: Subway Line 1 or 2 at Fuxingmen Tickets: RMB50-RMB600 Website(Chinese only): www.ccom.edu.cn Concert Hall of CCM: concerthall.ccom.edu.cn
The concert hall of Central Conservatory of Music was historically known as the birthplace of Emperor GuangXu (Kuang-hsu, 光绪) of the Qing Dynasty. Today, the no-frills concert hall of the best music conservatory in China hosts regular concerts from a number of international guests, established Chinese musicians playing both Chinese and Western instruments, and students. The past musicians included Yehudi Menuhin, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta and Carles Dutoit; and the orchestras included the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the French National Symphony Orchestra and the Israel philharmonic Orchestra. It’s the ideal venue for a quick classical fix and you might spot a new virtuoso.
The Central Conservatory of Music is also the home of the EOS orchestra. (010-6641-2017, eos.ccom.edu. cn, a youth orchestra as an intensive three-year training programme for orchestral, not solo music. And intensive it is; EOS concentrates on ‘all Mozart’, or ‘all Beethoven’ programmes)
Beijing Concert Hall (Beijing Yinyue Ting, 北京音乐厅)
Address: 1 Bei Xinhua Jie, Xicheng District, Beijing Phone: 010-6605-5812/7006 Transportation: Subway Line 1 at Tiananmen Xi
This elaborate concert hall has nightly performances of classical Chinese music plus international repertories including Western Classical music. The venue is the home of the China National Symphony Orchestra.
Address: In Zhongshan Park, Xichangan Jie, on the west side of Tiananmen Square, Xicheng District, Beijing Phone: 010-6559-8285 Transportation: Subway Line 1 at Tiananmen Xi Website(Chinese only): www.fcchbj.com
Located on the eastern side of Zhongshan Park, this is the most central venue for performances of classical and traditional Chinese music. The annual Christmas performance of George Frederic Handel's Messiah draws a loyal crowd (www.beijingifc.org). This year’s event will be on Saturday Dec. 6, 2008. There are also occasional opera performances. Tickets can be purchased at the concert hall box office inside the Friendship Store.
Poly Plaza International Theater (Baoli Dasha Guoji Juyuan, 保利大厦国际剧院)
Address: 1/F Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng Disttrict, Beijing Phone: 010-6506-5343; 010-6500-1188,ext. 5127 Transportation: Subway Line 2 at Dongsishitiao
Located in the Poly Plaza right by Dongsishitiao subway station, the Poly hosts a wide range of performances including ballet, classical music, opera and traditional Chinese folk music. If you're seeking a performance in English, this is your best bet.
Century Theatre 世纪剧院
Address: 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District Phone: 010-6466-4805
Musical presentations here are perhaps smaller in scale than those at other venues - they feature smaller orchestras and solo performances where the violin, cello and flute get centre stage. Ballet performances are also presented.
The China Conservatory of Music (Chinese: 中国音乐学院; also called China Conservatory, Chinese Conservatory of Music, or China College of Music) is a music conservatory in Beijing, China. It was established in 1964. The China Conservatory of Music should not be confused with the Central Conservatory of Music, which is also located in Beijing. Whereas the China Conservatory of Music keeps its ears tuned to primarily traditional Chinese music and traditional Chinese musical instruments, the Central Conservatory of Music is geared toward Western classical music.