Tan Dun

Creatively Speaking
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Tan Dun: Building on Bela Bartok's Legacy

Chinese contemporary classical composer and conductor, Tan Dun

Hungarian pianist and composer Bela Bartok was born on March 25th in the year 1881. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, he is revered by a prominent contemporary composer who is building on Bartok’s legacy.

Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women was premiered in the U.S. by The Philadelphia Orchestra this season, and broadcast on WRTI in December, 2013.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
10:40 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Philadelphia Orchestra New Music Micro-Festival on WRTI: December 29 at 1 PM

Composer Tan Dun

Join us this Sunday, from 1 to 4 pm, for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from a series of fall 2013 concerts that introduced Philadelphia audiences to three major new works commissioned by the Orchestra.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:24 am
Mon October 28, 2013

From 'Crouching Tiger' To 'Secret Songs': Composer Tan Dun's Next Move

Chinese composer Tan Dun's latest work, Nu-Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, was inspred by an ancient language spoken in a remote area of Tan's home province of Hunan.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 1:24 pm

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Chinese Composer Tan Dun's Adaptation
4:03 am
Fri November 30, 2012

The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

A garden serves as the stage in the opera.
Zhang Yi

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 9:43 pm

The Peony Pavilion is one of China's most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours. Chinese composer Tan Dun, who's best known for his Academy Award-winning score for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has adapted the work into a compact 75 minutes.

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Creatively Speaking
10:42 am
Thu January 19, 2012

East Coast Premiere of Tan Dun Opera 'Tea'

David Patrick Stearns previews the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Tea: A Mirror of Soul by Tan Dun.

Creatively Speaking
3:59 pm
Sat February 13, 2010

Philagrafika 2010 Artist Duke Riley--Tan Dun Opera TEA--Rooftop Murals Artist Stephen Powers

Rooftop mural artist Stephen Powers' Love Letter

Jim Cotter speaks with Duke Riley. His installation, Reclaiming the Lost Kingdom of Laird, is on view at the Pennsylvania Historical Society, as part of the Philadelphia Philagrafika 2010 festival.

David Patrick Stearns previews the Opera Company of Philadelphia's production of Tea: A Mirror of Soul by the Oscar-winning Chinese composer Tan Dun.

We take a ride on the El in West Philadelphia with artist Stephen Powers. He's just completed Love Letter, a series of 50 rooftop murals.

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