Tan Dun | Tan Dun Conducts TON Orchestra – U.S. Premiere of Tan Dun’s Cello Concerto
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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 issues and to protect cultural diversity. As such, “Nature” holds a central theme in Tan Dun’s Nov. 11th concert. Opening the concert with Smetana’s Vltava from Má vlast, Tan Dun leads the audience on a journey down the Vltava river through the landscape and life of the Czech composer’s beautiful homeland. The program progresses to into a dialogue rooted in Chinese philosophy, the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Cello Concerto: Intercourse of Water and Fire. Inspired by the Chinese philosophical masterpiece, Yi-Ching, the concerto explores the broader sense of balance and counterpoint of the musical notes, styles, tempos, timbres, dynamics and time; all through the theme of fire and water. By discovering the relationships between the elements of changes; the potential and the existing are woven into new identities. The concert on Nov 11th not only marks the U.S. premiere of the concerto, but also will witness cellist Jing Zhao’s Lincoln Center debut.

The second half of the concert begins with Tan Dun’s Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds; a 2015 commission by Carnegie Hall for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. In this work, the composer reflects on the migration of birds and the origin of music: when human beings first used music instruments to communicate to nature by mimicking the sounds of birds. The final piece on the program and the title piece of the concert, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, is a Rome inspired tone poem that illuminates pine trees in different locations at different times.

Tan Dun’s Programs at Rose Theater of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts: 15:00, November 11th, 2018

SMETANA                   Vltava (The Moldau) from Má Vlast (My Country)
TAN DUN                    Cello Concerto: Intercourse of Fire and Water (U.S. Premiere)
TAN DUN                    Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
RESPIGHI                    Pines of Rome

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