Tchaikovsky opens free gig season

A PROGRAM of 41 free open air concerts at the Shanghai Concert Hall gets under way on Saturday, when the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”

Tickets for the ballet, which starts at 2pm, are available now from, and via the WeChat account (shhuangpu) and website ( of the Huangpu government, Xu Yanqing, director of the district’s culture bureau, told a press conference yesterday.

A total of 1,600 tickets are available for each event, with locals and foreigners all welcome to attend, she said.

On Sunday, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will perform two concerts, she said, without elaborating.

The remaining 38 events will be held throughout the year, with the bulk of them — 27 — scheduled to be held between October 12 and November 12 as part of the city’s international arts festival, she said.

No more details about the events are available at this time, but Xu said they will span a range of genres, from classical to folk and pop.

People should watch the ticket platforms for updates, she said.