Chinese New Year Concert: Legendary conductor Tan Dun and rock group Hanggai join the MSO

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Visionary conductor and composer Tan Dun returns to Melbourne to celebrate the Year of the Pig, bringing with him Hanggai, an exciting and surprising rock group from Inner Mongolia.

As one of the major cultural events in Australia’s most multicultural metropolis, MSO’s annual Chinese New Year concert brings together great works from the Western and Eastern traditions, and in February 2019 the MSO presents a thrilling program personally created by Tan Dun.

Hailing from Beijing, the Inner Mongolian folk music rock group Hanggai combines traditional instruments like the morin khuur (horsehair fiddle) and tobshuur (two-stringed lute) with a hearty serving of bravado. Their songs incorporate traditional folk lyrics sung in Mongolian and Mandarin, as well as new works, making their performance with the MSO unlike anything you’ve experienced in Hamer Hall before.

Tan Dun will lead the MSO through the Australian premiere of his own work, Double Bass Concerto The Wolf to complete the program.

Having won many of the world’s most prestigious music and film awards including an Academy Award and a Grammy for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tan Dun is one of the most revered musicians of our time.

‘Tan Dun’s work is as wide-ranging as it is all-embracing, and resonates with a global audience.’ – Gramophone magazine.

‘Tan Dun’s language, a mix of Hollywood grandeur and primal, percussive vitality, was consistent throughout the evening, yet each segment had its own distinct sound.’ – Sydney Morning Herald.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Arts Centre Melbourne proudly present the Chinese New Year concert, part of MSO’s East meets West program. MSO will continue to celebrate our city’s cultural diversity in 2019, fusing a blend of East and West, in concerts throughout the year.

This event is supported by the Li Family Trust.

Chinese New Year Concert
Date: Wednesday 13 February, 7.30pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Bookings: | 03 9929 9600

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Kate Mazoudier | 0403 497 424 |