In today’s podcast Anthony Cekay sits down with Zhao Talimu, Tsung Yeh and Victoria Bond to discuss today’s upcoming concert at Alice Tully Hall. The concert features both traditional Chinese music and instruments and western music and instruments. Zhao Talimu, the leader of the delegation from China, is President of China Conservatory. With a Doctorate in Literature, he is a professor of Musicology, Director of the Committee of the Theory of Chinese Musicians’ Association, and Vice-president of the Society for Chinese Ethnical Musicology. Shanghai-born conductor Tsung Yeh has the distinction of being the first conductor ever to hold music directorships of both a western symphony orchestra and a major Chinese instrument symphony orchestra. He presently serves as Music Director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in his 22nd season. Victoria Bond is a well-reknown American composer and her compositions have been praised by the New York Times as “Powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding,” and her conducting has been called “impassioned” by the Wall Street Journal and “full of energy and fervor” by the New York Times. They discuss how this concert seeks to bridge the gap between Chinese and Western music and more. You can listen here:
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