Tan Dun takes the podium in Hannover conducting the NDR Radiophilharmonie to kick off his five-city tour in Germany. Sharing the stage with the dynamic percussionist Alexej Gerassimez, Tan Dun’s program features Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and his own Percussion Concerto: Tears of Nature. Tan Dun describes the pieces as “visual symphonies”, music that tells a story and helps audiences visualize the imagery from the composer’s point of view. Tan Dun’s Percussion Concerto is divided into three movements, each one representing a different color of nature “the color of nature’s thunder, the color of nature’s passion and the color of nature’s energy – each united with the human spirit” and was inspired by the natural disasters in Sichuan, Fukushima and New York – the earthquake, tsunami and hurricane.
Tan Dun is a Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, most widely known for his scores for the movies Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, as well as composing music for the medal ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Touring cites and dates are as follows:
October 26th and 27th, 8PM: Hannover, Germany
October 31st, 8PM: Braunschweig, Germany
November 1st, 8PM: Hamburg, Germany
November 3rd, 8PM: Wilhelmshaven, Germany
November 4th, 8PM: Dusseldorf, Germany