World Premiere Featuring The Juilliard Orchestra, conducted by Tan Dun
Friday, March 31 at 7 pm
Encore: Saturday, April 1 at 2pm
The exhibition Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220), on view April 3–July 16, 2017, brings to The Met the terracotta warrior sculptures that were buried with the Emperor Qin Shi Huang to protect him in the afterlife. To celebrate this extraordinary exhibition, The Met commissioned a new work from composer Tan Dun—Terracotta Symphony, based on music from his opera, The First Emperor, featuring terracotta drums sourced specifically for this piece. Also on the program is Hero Concerto for violin and orchestra, with music drawn from Tan Dun’s film score for Zhang Yimou’s Hero.
Tan Dun—conceptual and multifaceted composer/conductor as well as Grammy Award, Academy Award, and Grawemeyer Award winner for classical composition—will lead a performance and discussion with guests including MacArthur Fellowship-recipient Bright Sheng, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Zhou Long, and the award-winning Chen Yi. The evening weaves together a narrative of the artists’ musical journey from China to America and will also be a tribute to composer Chou Wen-Chung, who invited the musicians to America and Columbia University. Co-Presented by U.S. China Cultural Institute, Cultural Associate of the Committee of 100.