All Things China

All Things China
In our increasingly shrinking world, cultural divides between the East and the West are finding new meeting grounds in the arts which bring our worlds closer together. This month, two Chinese cultural arts festivals - one in the "old" world and one in the "new" - feature the works of musical ambassadors Bright Sheng and Tan Dun. The Royal Concertgebouw sponsors a musical feast with its "Amsterdam China Festival." The festival spotlights Tan's music with the Kronos Quartet and pipa player Wu Man presenting GHOST OPERA; a screening of films he has scored; and Tan's own performance with the Flemish Radio Orchestra of ORCHESTRAL THEATRE II: RE and THE MAP. The Concertgebouw Orchestra participates with the European premiere of Bright Sheng's marimba concerto COLORS OF CRIMSON, performed by soloist Colin Currie. Eyes will also be on Washington, DC, where the Kennedy Center offers up "The Festival of China," which highlights both composers' orchestral works in concert with the Shanghai Symphony. Tan's voice is also represented in the worlds of chamber music and dance. Speaking of dance, John Tavener receives a nod, as Shen Wei Dance Arts stages the ballet "Folding," which is choreographed to the composer's THE LAST SLEEP OF THE VIRGIN. --------------------------------------------- “It’s a wonderful honor to be giving the European premiere [of Sheng’s COLORS OF CRIMSON]...the music [has] color, subtlety, and shimmering intensity...As for the solo marimba writing, the composer has sought a new level of dexterity and the contrapuntal challenges make for a superb virtuoso display.” — Colin Currie

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