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Carnegie Hall’s ‘Ancient Paths, Modern Voices’ Festival Comes To Orange County, CA & NYC

Festival Will Bring Together Performing And Visual Arts, Music, And Film

Several top contemporary Chinese artists like Yue Minjun will be featured during Carnegie Hall's Ancient Paths, Modern Voices" festival later this month

Several top contemporary Chinese artists like Yue Minjun will be featured during Carnegie Hall's Ancient Paths, Modern Voices" festival later this month

This month is shaping up to be pretty exciting for China-watchers in Orange County, California and New York City, as Carnegie Hall presents a new festival celebrating Chinese culture, “Ancient Paths, Modern Voices.” Scheduled for both cities are a number of performances by top Chinese musicians, film screenings, contemporary Chinese art exhibitions and more. The festivals will take place from October 11 to November 24 in Orange County and from October 21–November 10 in New York. From a release:

“The immemorial culture of China has made itself felt throughout the world for many centuries-but its influence today is arguably more widespread, and more directly present, than at any other time in history,” stated Dean Corey, President and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. “That is the source of the richness and excitement of Ancient Paths, Modern Voices. The festival presents extraordinary expressions of the most venerable Chinese artistic traditions, then brings them into the here and now. This is Chinese culture in all its variety, from the deepest roots to the greenest branches.”

In New York, a number of partner organizations across the city will take part in the three-week festival, contributing venues as well as experts in the field of Chinese performing arts:

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China Getting Serious About (Classical) Music

Caijing: “Mozart Would Be Pleased” About Progress Made In China’s Classical Music Scene In The Past Few Years

Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts is one of the world's newest and most unique venues for classical venues

Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts is one of the world's newest and most unique venues for classical venues

Classical music aficionados may already be familiar with a handful of top Chinese musicians, from pianist Lang Lang and composer Tan Dun to the scores of musicians trained in traditional Chinese styles. However, on a broader scale the world remains generally in the dark about recent developments that have had a dramatic effect on the Chinese classical music scene. Recently, Caijing magazine looked into the rapidly developing Chinese classical music world, which has responded to globalization by quickly incorporating western styles with their own traditions, and has produced a number of world-class musicians within the last 30 years while revitalizing global classical music by providing new and vast audiences (as well as spectacular venues like the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing).

The year 2008 was a big one for classical music in China, as operas newly composed and freshly staged catered to the public taste for accessible entertainment. Famous classical music composers flung themselves into the task of creating music for the Beijing Olympics. Not surprisingly, they sometimes trespassed in the field of pop music.

As China attracts more and more worldwide attention, so too do its composers. Tan Dun’s opera The First Emperor had its global premiere at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 2008, and his Tea had its first Chinese performance at Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA). But these operas were also conceptual successes, in the sense that Tan Dun used new-media techniques and bridged cultural differences between East and West in order to make the works broadly popular. 

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