TAN DUN: NU SHU, THE SECRET SONGS OF WOMEN. 谭盾: 女书
21 February 2015 • 8:00pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
Tan Dun • Conductor
Chen Yuying • Harp
Zhao Lei • Huqin
Metropolitan Festival Orchestra
Symphony for 13 Micro Films, Harp and Orchestra
Composed and conducted by Tan Dun
Featuring the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (USA/China/Singapore)
A secret language passed down from mothers to daughters, through generations of music and tradition.
NU SHU: The Secret Songs of Women is a spellbinding and intimate look into the lives of the women of a remote village in Hunan, China. Award-winning composer and conductor Tan Dun delves into the fast-disappearing world of Nu Shu, the only existing language in the world today used exclusively by females.
Thirteen microfilms provide a glimpse into a private bond of sisterhood, accompanied by Tan Dun’s compositions inspired by the ancient music of the community. Tan Dun conducts the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and guest solo harpist Chen Yuying from Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, providing the evocative score to heartrending everyday scenes of village life—elderly Nu Shu women sing with tearful dedication; younger members ready themselves in their wedding dresses; a young female rows down a river of symbolic tears—all connected together by an ancient form of communication that continues to be an essential element of life in the village.
Join Tan Dun as he conducts the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and guest soloists in a programme featuring Nu Shu and other works.
• Li Huanzhi - Spring Festival Overture
• Zhao Jiping - Grand Mansion Gate
• Guan Xia - Hua Mulan
• Liu Yuan - Train Toccata
• Tan Dun - NU SHU: The Secret Songs of Women
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