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Program
Hanggai Festival Overture The Rising Sun 2019
Hanggai Horse of Colors
Hanggai Drinking Song
Tan Dun Double Bass Concerto The Wolf Totem
Hanggai The Transistor Made in Shanghai
Hanggai Grassland my Beautiful Home
Hanggai Borulai
Hanggai The Wind of Heaven
Tan Passacaglia (Secret of Wind and Birds)
Hanggai Samsara
Hanggai Swan Geese
Hanggai Xiger Xiger

Featuring
Tan Dun conductor
Hanggai traditional-meets-rock band
Steve Reeves double bass
Audience members mobile phones

The concert
Visionary composer and conductor, Tan Dun returns to Melbourne to celebrate the Year of the Pig. An annual highlight of the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations since 2014, this year Tan Dun has curated a thrilling and, personal program.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the MSO and experience a performance unlike anything else you’ll see all year!

Visionary composer Tan Dun returns to Melbourne to conduct a thrilling concert featuring Hanggai, a troupe of traditional-meets-rock musicians from the steppes of Inner Mongolia via Beijing.

Also on the program is Tan Dun’s Double Bass Concerto The Wolf, inspired by the Chinese novel “Wolf Totem” by Jiang Rong, and Passacaglia (Secret of Wind and Birds), also known as the Cellphone Symphony.

Combining traditional instruments like the morin khuur (horsehair fiddle) and tobshuur (two-stringed lute) with a hearty serving of rock bravado (influences include Rage Against the Machine and Pink Floyd), Hanggai’s adaptations of Mongolian folk songs incorporate throat singing and have to be seen to be believed. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness this world music behemoth perform in full symphonic sound with the MSO.

Tan Dun’s Double Bass Concerto The Wolf was commissioned by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Taiwan Philharmonic (NSO), and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by the Chinese novel “Wolf Totem” by Jiang Rong, the piece reflects Tan Dun’s personal connection and fascination with the spirits of the natural world and the sounds and customs of the ancient cultures along the Silk Road. The symbol of the Mongolian wolf and its life in the grasslands for Tan Dun is a mirror of the human spirit and our relationship to the natural world.

Joining the maestro and the MSO is Hanggai, a troupe of traditional-meets-rock musicians from the steppes of Inner Mongolia via Beijing. Combining traditional instruments like the morin khuur (horsehair fiddle) and tobshuur (two-stringed lute) with a hearty serving of rock bravado, their performance with the MSO will be unlike anything else you’ll see all year.

Supported by Li Family Trust and presented in collaboration with Arts Centre Melbourne.

MSO celebrates our cultural diversity in 2019 fusing a blend of East and West in concerts throughout the year.

2019 Concerts Chinese New Year Video Overlay

Tan Dun on his Double Bass Concerto

Audience participation

Also on the program is Tan Dun’s Cellphone Symphony Passacaglia (Secret of Wind and Birds), which invites audience members to join the Orchestra in playing birdsong via a mobile phone download. Save the link below to your mobile web browser and, at the conductor’s invitation, play it to create a poetic forest of digital birds. As Tan Dun explains, “the symphony orchestra is frequently expanding with the inclusion of new instruments; I thought the cellphone, carrying my digital bird sounds, might be a wonderful new instrument reflecting our life and spirit today.”

Tan Dun’s Double Bass Concerto The Wolf was commissioned by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Taiwan Philharmonic (NSO), and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by the Chinese novel “Wolf Totem” by Jiang Rong, the piece reflects Tan Dun’s personal connection and fascination with the spirits of the natural world and the sounds and customs of the ancient cultures along the Silk Road. The symbol of the Mongolian wolf and its life in the grasslands for Tan Dun is a mirror of the human spirit and our relationship to the natural world. As principal double basses from around the world have done, MSO Principal Double Bass, Steve Reeves will solo in this haunting, and beautiful work.

Cellphone Symphony download
Using your mobile phone, click on this link and save it as a web browser tab or favourite. When Tan Dun conducts you to press play, join with the Orchestra and let his birdsong – created using six ancient Chinese instruments – ring out through Hamer Hall.

中国农历新年
谭盾 指挥
杭盖民族风摇滚乐队
精彩呈现

节目单
谭盾 《低音提琴协奏曲》
演出简介

杰出作曲家、指挥家谭盾将再次回到墨尔本,庆祝农历猪年。自2014年起,中国新年音乐会一直是墨尔本春节庆典活动的主要节目。今年,谭盾亲自操刀,策划出了一场引人入胜的精彩演出。

此次和谭盾一起登台演出的还有杭盖乐队。杭盖乐队是由一群来自内蒙古大草原的乐手组成的民族摇滚乐队。乐队组建于北京。他们使用传统民族乐器,例如马头琴、托布秀尔(一种二弦的弹拨乐器)演绎强劲有力的摇滚乐。这次乐队与墨尔本交响乐团的合作,将会为观众带来前所未有的全新感受。

由李氏家族信托提供赞助,墨尔本艺术中心联合呈现。

墨尔本交响乐团将在2019年通过全年音乐会,融合东西方,宏扬我们的多元文化。

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