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Screening: Tan Dun Martial Arts Trilogy – Crouching Tiger 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)





Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto made a bold entrance [at] its premiere.

The Times (London)


Featuring music from the original soundtrack of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.


Weaving music from the soundtrack of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (winner of Best Original Score at the 2001 Academy Awards), the Crouching Tiger Concerto blends the rich sounds of a Western orchestra with Asian instruments such as the tar drum to immerse the listener in the action and atmosphere of Ang Lee’s wuxia masterpiece starring Chow Yun-Fatt and Michelle Yeoh. The cello in the concerto represents the voice of Jade (played by actress Zhang Ziyi in the original film) who dreamt of spiritual transcendence through martial arts, and her dramatic journey of power, sacrifice and self-determination. Cellist Ng Pei-Sian executed his pugilistic passages with panache, as the Singapore Festival Orchestra reproduced the sweep of a Hollywood epic embossed by the textures of classical Chinese music.


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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