Famed Chinese orchestra makes rare Bay Area appearance – The Mercury News

Marking its 10th anniversary season, the China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra arrives in San Francisco this weekend as part of a six-city U.S. tour.

Under music director and conductor Lü Jia, the Beijing-based ensemble plays orchestral concerts and more than a dozen opera performances in its home city each year. The one-night-only concert at Davies Symphony Hall follows tour stops in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the program features Chinese composer Chen Qigang’s “Luan Tan,” and Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra, featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man, who commissioned the concerto and will play it in honor of the late Harrison’s centennial year. Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 is also on the program.

Details: 8 p.m. Nov. 5; $15-$50; 415-864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org.

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