Tourist chiefs hope the upcoming Beijing International Music Festival will help transform the capital into a major centre of cosmopolitan culture.
The festival was just one more step in the city's continuing efforts to build and promote its cultural sphere, China Youth Daily reported.
The media attention garnered by the recent production of the opera Turandot in the Forbidden City, a 125 million yuan (HK$116 million) international effort, did not go unnoticed by communist officials.
Much of the local press coverage of the event mentioned the economic possibilities stemming not only from ticket sales but from hotel, shopping, restaurant and sightseeing revenues.
Now the music festival, a collaboration between the Beijing Broadcasting Arts Association and the Beijing Music Festival Council, is being promoted as a major accomplishment over past activities.
Running from October 13 to 25, it will feature performers from Germany, Australia, Britain, France, Russia, Japan and the United States. Spectators will be treated to more than 20 performances of opera, symphony, chorus, instrumental and chamber music.
Organisers said they had worked closely with their counterparts from other international music festivals to ensure a top quality event, the newspaper said.
Similar festivals, including the Beijing Jazz Festival, have been hits in recent years, with international performers playing to packed houses.