MCO@BMF: New Horizons in the Far East

25 October 2019

Beijing

Friday 19:30 / Poly Theatre

PROGRAMME

ZHOU TIAN: Rhyme for Cello Solo
ZHOU TIAN: Reading an Anthology of Chinese Poems of the Sung Dynasty, I Pause To Admire the Length and Clarity of Their Titles
DU YUN: A Cockroach's Tarantella
QIGANG CHEN: L'Eloignement
MICHEL VAN DER AA: Hysteresis

  • Cello Christophe Morin
    Narrator Du Yun and Michiel Commandeur
    Conductor Vicente Alberola
    Clarinet Jaan Bossier
    Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
ABOUT THIS CONCERT

It’s the start of a new era – this October the Mahler Chamber Orchestra begins a three-year residency at one of the world’s most prestigious musical events, the Beijing Music Festival.

Three important themes will connect each year of the residency starting with the work of Gustav Mahler, the orchestra’s namesake, following BMF’s critically-acclaimed commemorations of the centenary of his death in 2011. Mahler’s considerable influence also presents itself in music by composers who were active during the 20th century, building a bridge between his era and our own. Finally, the music of major contemporary Chinese composers, as well as those active elsewhere, displays the vital creative spirit that remains a powerful presence across the world today.

This concert concludes the residency with contemporary music from three of China’s most preeminent living composers: the Grammy-nominated Zhou Tian, the Pulitzer Prize-winner Du Yun, and Qigang Chen; alongside a work by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa.

With the generous support of Huawei.

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CONCERTS THIS TOUR

20 October 2019 Beijing

Sunday 19:30pm / Poly Theatre

Works by: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dmitri Shostakovich

With: Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, Baritone Shenyang

23 October 2019 Beijing

Wednesday 19:30pm / Poly Theatre

Works by: Gustav Mahler, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich

With: Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, Violin James Ehnes