Behind every successful Chinese pianist, there's always a devoted parent. Such mothers and fathers are role models to people who dream of their children becoming star musicians someday. But obviously, only children with an interest in the piano and ample talent will make it to the top.
Shen Shihua's fascination with The Peony Pavilion began in 1954, when she joined Zhejiang Kunqu Opera Troupe. Just 13 years old then, she couldn't fully understand the secret romance between the two leading characters, Du Liniang - a young daughter of a high official - and Liu Mengmei - a young scholar. However, she was touched by the love story and the beautiful style of Kunqu Opera.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber first tested the waters for musicals in the Chinese market by staging two concerts at the Great Hall of the People in September 2001, including many hits from his internationally acclaimed productions such as Cats and The Phantom of The Opera. The concerts endeared Chinese critics and audiences to musicals. More Webber musicals came to China in the following decade.
Theater lovers are rushing from one venue to another as the 6th Theatre Olympics shifts into high gear in Beijing. While thunderous applause is filling the houses, people are emerging scratching their heads and raising sharp questions in conversations after the shows.
Chinese Internet firm Tencent Holdings Ltd is partnering with Time Warner Inc's HBO network to stream its TV shows, which are known for their provocative content and may draw scrutiny from the country's authorities.
"Interstellar" took 258 million yuan (42.04 million US dollars) in China in the week ending Nov 23, grossing a total of 527.5 million yuan and making it director Christopher Nolan's biggest grosser in the world's second-largest film market.