This October, Tan Dun is in the spotlight for a week-long celebration of his conducting and music at Germany’s BASF Festival.
Tan Dun conducts the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie to open the festival on October 12, presenting his Intercourse of Fire & Water, Concerto for Cello & Orchestra and Passacaglia: Secret of Wind & Birds alongside Smetana’s Vltava and Britten’s Four Sea Interludes. Cellist Li-Wei Qin joins Tan Dun and the orchestra as featured soloist.
October 13 sees Tan Dun lead the European premiere of his Concerto for Piano & Peking Opera Soprano “Farewell my Concubine,” which presents a dialogue between different languages and cultures, Western classical music and China’s Peking opera tradition. The performance with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie also comprises Tan Dun’s Out of Peking Opera and two selections by Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges and Romeo & Juliet.
On October 14, Tan Dun’s Martial Arts Trio receives its world premiere by the China Trio featuring violinist Lu Siqing, cellist Qin Liwei and pianist Sun Yingdi. The Martial Arts Trio highlights three of Tan Dun’s film scores, drawing from the music of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and The Banquet. The concert will conclude with a trio arrangement of Tan Dun’s Triple Resurrection.