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Pingshan Theater offers free bus to Metro station



Audience members who live far from Pingshan Theater but don’t want to miss its captivating shows now can board its free shuttle bus after night shows. The bus will depart from the theater entrance and stop at Shuanglong Metro Station’s Exit D and then Longcheng Square. The service is not for daytime shows.

To take advantage of the free bus, scan the QR code to connect with the theater assistant through WeChat and send “your name + mobile phone number + name of the show of which the ticket has been purchased + getting-off venue” in a message. Once your bus seat is confirmed, get a stamp on your show ticket at the box office before the show begins. After the show, get on the bus by showing the stamp.

Audience members can follow Pingshan Theater’s WeChat by searching “坪山大剧院” (pinyin: pingshandajuyuan) to buy show tickets and look up upcoming shows.

Concert by Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra

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Conductor Laszlo Kovacs will lead Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra to present Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance,” Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2,” Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo,” some Chinese tunes and selected pieces from the Strauss family to celebrate Christmas and welcome the new year.

Time: 8 p.m., Dec. 24

Tickets: 80-580 yuan

Violin concert by Yao Jue

Hong Kong String Orchestra’s artistic director Yao Jue will lead her orchestra to play Shostakovich’s “Chamber Symphony in C Minor,” “Butterfly Lovers Concerto” by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, and five Hong Kong pop songs. Yao graduated from the Juilliard School in New York, and music critics have employed phrases such as “technically impressive and intensely moving,” “impeccable technique,” “captivating,” “poetic,” “stylish,” and “lustrous” to describe her performances. She plays a 1713 Stradivarius violin.

Time: 8 p.m., Dec. 28

Tickets: 80-480 yuan

Concert ‘Schwanengesang’

“Schwanengesang” is the title of a collection of songs written by Franz Schubert at the end of his life and published posthumously. Set to poems by Ludwig Rellstab, Heinrich Heine and Johann Gabriel Seidl, the aptly titled “Swan Song” dwells on the theme of love and longing. The concert, presented by Bel Canto Singers from Hong Kong, will pair excerpts from Chinese poet Xu Zhimo’s works with “Schwanengesang,” interweaving the songs with readings of Xu’s poems and prose, taking the audience on an intensive journey down the road of love.

Time: 8 p.m., Dec. 30

Tickets: 30-100 yuan

‘Notre Dame de Paris’

As a New Year gift for musical-goers, “Notre Dame de Paris,” a world-famous sung-through French musical, has made its return to China with a special version to mark the 20th anniversary of its debut in Paris.

Composed by Riccardo Cocciante and with lyrics by Luc Plamondon, the musical is set in Paris in 1482 during the reign of Louis XI and tells the story of the tragedy of Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, who becomes obsessed with a beautiful gypsy named Esmeralda.

Several songs from the show, such as “Vivre,” “Belle” and “Le Temps des Cathédrales,” have been released as singles with huge success in French-speaking countries.

Time: 8 p.m. Jan. 3-5, 2020 (Jan. 4-5 also at 2:30 p.m.)

Tickets: 100-880 yuan

‘The Little Match Girl’

Embark on a fantastic and exciting adventure with this musical adaptation of Andersen’s famous tale. In London, little Emma has to sell matches on the street. Unable to do so, she finally cracks one of them to warm up. And suddenly, she is caught in the heart of an imaginary kingdom! There she finds her grandmother, a prisoner of the cruel Fragotov. She also meets funny and endearing characters like Monstro Falco, brave pirates and Olga, a delirious psychic. Will Emma be able to fight Fragotov and save her grandmother? French musical “The Little Match Girl,” produced by Double D Productions, is a fantastic adventure full of twists and turns.

Time: 8 p.m., Jan. 10-11, 2020

Tickets: 80-580 yuan

Venue: Pingshan Theater, Hekang Road, Pingshan District (坪山区荷康路坪山大剧院)

Transport: Take the high-speed rail from Futian Station or Shenzhen North Station to Pingshan Station and then take a taxi.