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Screening: Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy – Hero Concerto

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay


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When :

16/07/2020 - 31/07/2020
07:30 PM - 07:30 PM





16 – 31 Jul 2020


Thu – Fri

All day

(Premieres 16 Jul, Thu, 7.30pm)



This was an epic, multimedia production, full of big-screen emotions and unabashed melodrama.

The Washington Post


Featuring music from the original soundtrack of Hero.


The Hero Concerto, written for violin and orchestra, showcases music from the star-studded film led by Jet Li, Tony Leung, Chen Daoming, Donnie Yen and Zhang Ziyi, which rewrote the script for the wuxia genre when it was released in 2002. Featuring Wang Jiamin on violin, this musical extravaganza is complex and beguiling, telling the story of how Snow (played by award-winning actress Maggie Cheung in the original film) sacrificed love to defend her country. A handsomely woven tapestry of aural textures and harmonies, this concerto is not to be missed.


Premieres on 16 July (Thu). Available on Offstage until 31 July 2020 only.


About Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy


Performed at Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts in 2012, Tan Dun’s Martial Arts Trilogy was hailed by The Straits Times as “a feast for the senses”. Experience the internationally renowned composer’s lavish scores for three Chinese blockbusters: Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Zhang Yimou’s Hero (2002) and Feng Xiaogang’s The Banquet (2006) in these special recordings of the thrilling live performance, conducted by Tan himself.


A trio of concertos written respectively for the cello, violin and piano, and performed by the Singapore Festival Orchestra (now known as the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra), the Martial Arts Trilogy is a cinematic experience in itself, presented in the style and structure of a three-act opera.


About Tan Dun


An Academy and Grammy award-winning composer and conductor, Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the international music scene with a creative repertoire that spans from classical music to multimedia performances, of Eastern and Western traditions. His music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras at opera houses, concert halls, international festivals and on radio and television.



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