Beyond the Wall

Beyond the Wall
© Nana Watanabe
The Barbican’s forthcoming Beyond the Wall: New Music from China is billed as“an exciting new festival exploring emerging trends in the music of China and those who are creating it.” The festival runs from March 21 – May 16 and features composer Tan Dun. The opening concert on March 21, features The Map: Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra by Tan Dun, which chronicles the ancient music of his home in China’s Hunan Province.

On April 21, Tan Dun conducts the London Symphony orchestra in the UK premiere of his Piano Concerto with soloist Lang Lang. They will also perform his Internet Symphony ‘Eroica’.

Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera is inspired by childhood memories of the shamanistic ‘ghost operas’ of Chinese peasant culture. This work for string quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) will be performed by the Grammy winning Kronos Quartet with Wu Man on May 10 in the Barbican Hall.

For further details about these and other concerts in the festival, please visit the Barbican website.

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