On March 31 and April 1, Tan Dun conducts the Juilliard Orchestra in the world premiere performances of his Symphony of Colors: Terracotta at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The piece was commissioned to celebrate the opening of the museum’s Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C – A.D. 220).
The multimedia symphony showcases Tan Dun’s film footage of the terracotta warriors in Xi’an, also featured in the exhibit, and draws on music from his Metropolitan Opera-commissioned work The First Emperor. In the piece, the ancient and modern collide.
Tan Dun is also joined by violinist Ken Hamao, cellist James Jeonghwan Kim, and pianist Robert Fleitz for the world premiere of his Triple Concerto: Hero. The piece is newly scored from his Hero Concerto, which also recalls China’s early imperial past.
The concerts mark Tan Dun’s third collaboration with the Met Museum. In 2015, his Water Passion After St. Matthew was performed in the Temple of Dendur, and his kunqu opera Peony Pavilion was performed in 2012 in the Museum’s Ming-style Astor Chinese Garden Court.