About this performance
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 The Wind of Heaven
Tan Passacaglia (Secret of Wind and Birds)
Hanggai Swan Geese
Hanggai Xiger Xiger
Tan Dun conductor
Hanggai traditional-meets-rock band
Steve Reeves double bass
Audience members mobile phones
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.