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MSO broadcasts to millions in China


Photo: Matthew Irwin.

In February, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra celebrated Chinese New Year with a concert that brought together great works from the Western and Eastern traditions under the helm of Grammy and Academy Award winning Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun. The concert featured the Melbourne premiere of Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, Dun’s thirteen-movement work based around a series of ‘micro films’ derived from field recordings capturing the musical life and spirit of Nu Shu women in China, which was juxtaposed by key works from the Western classical repertoire including Ravel’s Bolero.


Photo: Matthew Irwin.

The concert, which was recorded for TV and radio broadcast, was seen and heard by millions of people in China. Chinese TV networks, including Shanghai Media Group’s People and Culture channel and Australia Plus TV, broadcast the entire Chinese New Year Concert, and the audio was broadcast on Chinese National Radio, Shanghai Media Group’s Classic 947, Beijing Metro Radio and Australia Plus’ classical music program.