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Lessons begin with Baroque

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THE Shanghai audience will have access to a relatively complete and vivid picture of chamber music through a series of art classes with live performances that begins this Friday.

Shanghai ProMusica Chamber Orchestra will present four classes about chamber music at Shanghai Grand Theater, with the first one concerning "Baroque Ancient Flavor."

Apart from providing a brief introduction to chamber music in the Baroque period (around 1600 to 1760), the orchestra will also present live performances of typical music of the time so as to give a more powerful impression.

"When speaking of Baroque chamber music, the most frequently mentioned work is Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons.' But actually, there are a lot of other good works at the time rarely known by most Chinese," says Wei Meimei, artistic director of the Shanghai ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

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Lawyer's shock at charity response

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A SHANGHAI lawyer's charitable spirit cost him more than he expected after he microblogged about raising money for a family hit by tragedy.

Fu Weigang, 34, who works at the Shanghai Institute of Finance and Law, wrote on his Sina weibo last Friday that he would give 1 yuan (15 US cents) for every time his post was forwarded to the son of Zhang Miao, the young mother stabbed to death by a student last year after he ran into her with his car.

By last night, Fu's microblog, which before had only 600 followers, had been forwarded more than 360,000 times.

"I'll donate the money to the victim's family as I promised, not with a penny missing," Fu told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

His post came after Yao Jiaxin was sentenced to death and ordered to pay compensation of 45,498.50 yuan to Zhang's family.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:05 Read more...

200,000 more over-60s a year

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WITHIN the next five years, it is estimated there will be 4.3 million Shanghai residents over the age of 60, or 30 percent of the registered population.

About 200,000 people will reach the age of 60 every year from this year to 2015, double the figure over the past five years, according to the annual report of the Shanghai Research Center on Aging.

This is the result of the baby boom after 1949, the year when the People's Republic was established, the report said.

Officials said that, up to the end of last year, the city had about 3.3 million residents over 60, or around 23 percent of the registered population, an increase of almost 5 percent on 2009.

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House price increases slowing down

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MORE cities in China registered evidence of a slowdown in house prices last month while the majority continued to witness increases.

Prices for new homes, excluding affordable housing built for residents relocated for urban development, either fell or remained unchanged month on month in 20 out of 70 monitored cities across the country in March, an increase of six from February, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday.

In Beijing, new home prices remained at the same level as in February. Prices in the capital gained 4.9 percent from a year ago, down from February's year-on-year increase of 6.8 percent, according to the bureau.

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World music fest: Chinese folk diva, electro-tango

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WORLD music will fill the air in late May as Shanghai hosts around 14 singers and groups from China and overseas for outdoor and campus concerts.

The 2011 Shanghai World Music Festival will run form May 21 to 25 and feature two days of outdoor concerts. Seven bands will perform on the open stage at Zhongshan Park on May 21-22.

Other performances will be staged on university campuses through May 21.

Gong Linna, a pioneer in "new Chinese art music," will stage her Shanghai debut concert, singing her magical song "Tan Te" ("Disturbed") that spread like wildfire on the Internet last year. She has experimented with musical styles including traditional throat-singing, also known as overtone or chanting.

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