As part of the worldwide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary celebration, the China NCPA Orchestra is presenting a special concert May 9 that will be streamed for free over 36 Chinese media outlets.

    A frequent visitor at Chicago’s Symphony Center, the NCPA Orchestra is the resident ensemble of the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. For its concert May 9, part of its “Sounds of Summer Blooms” online offerings, it will perform Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 and a Chinese work, led by Lü Jia, the orchestra’s principal conductor . The concert is expected to attract more than 30 million viewers.

    “The NCPA is ready to pay tribute to the great composer, and to send our best wishes to the world through arts,” said an NCPA representative in a statement.

    The NCPA Orchestra has a close relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and has served as a host during the CSO’s recent Asia tours. With that in mind, the orchestra asked Jeff Alexander, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, to record a special greeting.

    “Music brings us together, and we’re also fortunate to be able to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday this year,” Alexander said in his videotaped remarks. “As we live through these challenging times, we can appreciate music together again. We send our greetings to everyone in China and at the NCPA. We look forward to seeing all of you one day soon.”