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Dec 20, 2021 02:34 PM
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Past and Present, East and West Come Together at Beijing Music Festival

Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun conducts the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the Poly Theater in Beijing on Oct 24. Photo: VCG
Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun conducts the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the Poly Theater in Beijing on Oct 24. Photo: VCG

On the evening of Oct. 24 at the Poly Theatre, the 24th Beijing International Music Festival concluded with a concert called Tan Dun Conducts the China Philharmonic Orchestra in a Conversation with Stravinsky. This was a reciprocal reflection on the music of Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) by Tan Dun, one of China’s foremost contemporary composers, in the context of commemorating those who have passed away accompanied by a longing for the new. The program offered the audience a “conversation between the classics, between classical and modern, and furthermore, between East and West,” as Tan put it in his introduction.

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