In an act of breathtaking international insensitivity, the 23rd Beijing Music Festival opened this weekend with the premiere of a symphony, ‘Dedicated to 2020’ by a composer from Wuhan, Zou Ye. It is supposed to represent the victory over Coronavirus.
The composer conducted the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and Wuhan-born musicians from the China Philharmonic Orchestra, together with Wuhan soprano Zhang Liping and baritone He Leiming.
Wuhan is where Covid-19 started. China now claims to be Covid-free while much of the rest of the world is locked down.
“‘Dedicated to 2020’ is the first large-scale (symphony) work paying tribute to the fight against the coronavirus epidemic,'” said the conductor Yu Long, chairman of the Beijing Music Festival Art Committee.