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Tan Dun
Conducting Programs 2020-2022
DIALOGUES

“I Make Music and Music Makes Me,
As My Icons Mahler and Bernstein…”
– Tan Dun

To Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday
(Beethoven and Tan Dun)

 1   NINE TO NINE
1)    Tan Dun: Choral Concerto: Nine (Everlasting)
Commissioned by London’s Royal Philharmonic Society and BTHVN2020
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2)    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Choral)

2    NATURE
1)    Tan Dun: The Tears of Nature (Percussion Concerto)

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2)    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale)

3    TRIPLE CONCERTOS
1)    Tan Dun: Triple Concerto (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)

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2)    Beethoven: Triple Concerto

(Stravinsky and Tan Dun)

4    FIRE
Stravinsky: Feu d’Artifice (Fireworks)
Tan Dun: Violin Concerto: Fire Ritual
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Tan Dun: Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (1919)

5    NATURE

Tan Dun: The Tears of Nature (Percussion Concerto)
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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

 (Prokofiev and Tan Dun)

6    LOVE
Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges (Suite)
Tan Dun: Farewell My Concubine
Double Concerto for Piano and Peking Opera Soprano
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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Suite)

7    THE WOLF
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Tan Dun: Contrabass Concerto: Wolf Totem
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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

(Mahler and Tan Dun)

8    SOUND OF EARTH
Tan Dun: Earth Concerto for stone and ceramic percussion with orchestra
Salute to Gustav Mahler’s Song of Earth
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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Titan)

(Mussorgsky and Tan Dun)

9    PICTURES OF MUSIC
Tan Dun: Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women (with film by Tan Dun)
Symphony for harp, 13 micro films, and orchestra
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Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition (with film by Kandinsky)

 (Debussy and Tan Dun)

10    WATER AND FIRE
Debussy: Rhapsody for Orchestra and Saxophone
Tan Dun: Intercourse of Water and Fire (Cello Concerto)
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Debussy: Rhapsodies for Clarinet and Piano
Tan Dun: Death and Fire: Dialogue with Paul Klee

(Ravel and Tan Dun)

11    RHAPSODY AND FANTASIA
Ravel: Bolero
Tan Dun: Violin Concerto “Rhapsody and Fantasia”
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Tan Dun: Symphonic Poem on Three Notes
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe: Suite 2

(Respighi and Tan Dun)

12    MARCO POLO AND SILK ROAD
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite 1
Tan Dun: Four Secret Roads of Marco Polo (Concerto for 12 Cellos)
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Tan Dun: Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
Respighi: Pines of Rome

(Mozart and Tan Dun)

13    FROM MAO TO MOZART
Takemitsu: A String Around Autumn (Concerto for Viola and Orchestra)
Tan Dun: Rock the Violin in Rhapsody (for Violin and Orchestra)
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Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra

14    THE SECRET
Mozart: “Cosi Fan Tutte” Overture
Tan Dun: The Secret of Woman “Nu Shu” (for harp, video and orchestra)
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, op.35

(Britten/Takemitsu and Tan Dun)

15    WATER SPIRIT
Smetana: Vltava from Ma Vlast
Tan Dun: Water Concerto for water percussion and orchestra
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Takemitsu: I Hear the Water Dreaming
Britten: Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes)

(Bartok and Tan Dun)

16    MIRACULOUS MANDARIN CONDUCTS MIRACULOUS MANDARIN
Bartok: Dance Suite
Tan Dun: The Map: Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra
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Tan Dun: Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra
Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin

17    ORCHESTRAL CONCERTO
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
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Tan Dun: Concerto for Orchestra (Marco Polo) 

18    SYMPHONY OF COLORS
John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy for violin and orchestra
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Tan Dun: Symphony of Colors (from the Opera “The First Emperor”)

(Festival Programs)

19    TAN DUN
Buddha Passion (for soloists, choir and orchestra)

20    RESURRECTION CYCLE (with Film)
“Crouching Tiger” (film concerto for cello) – Ang Lee
“Hero” (film concerto for violin) – Zhang Yimou
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“The Banquet” (film concerto for piano) – Feng Xiaogang
“Resurrection” (film concerto for violin, cello, and piano)

21    SYMPHONIC ROCK N’ BACH
Dialogue between Symphony and Rock Band

22    FILMS OF SOUND
Tan Dun: Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women
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Tan Dun: The Map: Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra

Tan Dun: A New Concept of a Conductor

“My icons are Mahler and Bernstein. I believe conducting is part of my spiritual life. I learned my conducting through composing and learned composing through my conducting. That is why music to me is  such a dramatic journey and colorful dream in action and mind.” – Tan Dun

Recent Conducting Engagements:

June 1st, 2019, Orchestre National de Lyon, France

Debussy: Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra
Tan Dun: Percussion Concerto “The Tears of Nature”

Debussy: Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra
Ravel: Bolero

Feb. 15th / 16th, 2020, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Belgium

Smetana: Mijn vaderland: de Moldau
Tan Dun: Water Concerto for water percussion and orchestra
Takemitsu: Toward the Sea II
Britten: Four sea interludes, opus 33a

December 15th, 2019, The Orchestra Now, New York

Stravinsky: Fireworks
Tan Dun: Violin Concerto: Rhapsody and Fantasia (U.S. PREMIERE)
Debussy: Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

Buddha Passion on Tour 2020

Feb. 6th, 7th, 8th , 2020 Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Rome
April 9th, 2020, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg
April 23rd, 2020, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Paris
May 15th, 16th, 2020 Singapore International Arts Festival
July 15th, 16th, 2020 Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

June 5th, 2020 WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, Germany

Tan Dun: Percussion Concerto “The Tears of Nature”

Beethoven: Symphony no. 6 in F major “Pastoral”

June 9th, 2020, State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya”, Moscow

Mozart: “Cosi Fan Tutte” Overture
Tan Dun: The Secret Songs of Woman “Nu Shu” (for guitar, video, and orchestra)

Tan Dun: Symphonic Poem on Three Notes (with film)
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite (selections)

April 25th, 2020 RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ireland

Tan Dun: The Map: Concerto for cello, video and orchestra

Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger Concerto (with film)

August 8th, 2020, World Premiere Choral Concerto: Nine, Bonn, Germany

German National Youth Orchestra
World Youth Choir
Tan Dun: Choral Concerto: Nine

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9

Choral Concerto: Nine is commissioned by Beethoven 2020 Celebration, London’s Royal Philharmonic Society and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

2020 Beethoven Anniversary Special Events:

Tan Dun conducts Pastoral Symphony
June 5th, 2020
Cologne, Germany
WDR Symphony Orchestra

Tan Dun conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony in companion to his “Tears of Nature” Percussion Concerto with soloist Martin Grubinger. Tan Dun is this year’s Beethoven Pastoral Project’s Ambassador. This concert event is part of the worldwide Beethoven 2020 celebration as well as the ongoing Beethoven Pastoral Project that promotes further connection and appreciation between man and nature.

World Premiere Choral Concerto: Nine

August 8th, 2020
Bonn, Germany
German National Youth Orchestra

With text extracted from the famous poetry “Nine Songs” written by Qu Yuan, a State of Chu (around 280 BC) poet and one of the oldest documented poems, “Nine Songs” is based on ritual music of Chinese traditions. Tan Dun is drawn to the poetry of Qu Yuan and specifically “Nine Songs” because it mirrors Schiller’s text featured in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Both poets talk about the joy of life, nature, daily spiritual consecutiveness etc. These two poets born of different worlds and in different centuries still write along the same themes, universal themes that all of human kind connect with.

08 Aug – Bonn, conducted by Tan Dun
09 Aug – Berlin, conducted by Tan Dun
10 Aug – Einbeck, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
11 Aug – Lübeck, conducted by Tan Dun
13 Aug – Amsterdam, conducted by Tan Dun
14 Aug – Wiesbaden, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
15 Aug – Weikersheim, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
16 Aug – Kassel, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
18 Aug – Sterzing/Vipiteno, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
19 Aug – Vienna, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
20 Aug – Moscow, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen

Shanghai International Arts Festival Opening

Oct. 18th, 2020
Shanghai, China

Tan Dun tours the German National Youth Orchestra and the World Youth Choir to China for the China premiere of his Choral Concerto: Nine and Beethoven celebration in China.

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Nov. 20th, 2020
Tan Dun: Triple Concerto “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Beethoven: Triple Concerto, Op 56