Classical Excursions: Classical China
Saturday, February 27 4:00 CST and on demand for ticket holders
Classical music exploded in popularity in China after the Cultural Revolution and played an important role in China’s search for identity after a tumultuous couple of centuries. Today, Beijing and Shanghai have not one orchestra but dozens, Chinese music schools are cranking out virtuosos at a dizzying rate and major classical music labels are signing huge deals.
Composers like Chen Yi, Zhou Long and Tan Dun, many of whom were forced to labor on farms as children, went on to become the first graduates from the newly opened Beijing Conservatory of Music and are now major international figures in classical music.
Seth will give an overview of the fascinating history of classical music in China and play music written by the major figures.