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Bard College Appoints Tan Dun as Dean of the Conservatory of Music

December 21, 2018 - Bard College announces the appointment of Tan Dun as Dean of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. As dean, Tan Dun will guide the Conservatory  in fulfilling its mission of teaching young musicians both new music and music history, while deepening an understanding of its connection to history, art and culture, and society. He will also help to build synergy between Eastern and Western studies at the Conservatory, including at its...

Tan Dun Conducts TON Orchestra – U.S. Premiere of Tan Dun’s Cello Concerto

November 1, 2018 — On November 11th, 2018, world-renowned artist Tan Dun will open TŌN Orchestra’s (The Orchestra Now) third Rose Theater Season at Lincoln Center. One of the leading cellists of her generation, cello soloist Jing ZHAO will make her Lincoln Center debut in the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Cello Concerto: Intercourse of Fire and Water. As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and global cultural leader, Tan Dun uses his creativity to raise awareness of environmental...

Tan Dun Led the Australian Premiere of Buddha Passion

On October 6, 2018, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed the Australian premiere of Tan Dun’s new large-scale choral work Buddha Passion. Critics and audiences alike resoundingly praised the piece as a “vivid and approachable epic… [bringing] many in the audience to their feet” for a prolonged standing ovation (Limelight). The orchestra, chorus, and soloists virtuosically realized the challenging combination of eastern and western stylistic elements, and “responded enthusiastically to Tan [Dun’s] clear direction”...

Tan Dun’s Landmark New Work Buddha Passion Goes On Tour

Hailed as an "astonishing experience of linguistic and musical landscape" (Suddeutsche Zeitung, Dresden) and  "powerful sound epic" (Global Interculture, Dresden), Tan Dun's Buddha Passion launches from its Dresden world premiere to tour the world. On Saturday, October 6, 2018 Tan Dun will conduct the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. The extraordinary and unique musical work will then continue onto having its Asia Premiere in Hong Kong on November 2nd and 3rd, 2018 and...