“’Nu-Shu’: Secret Songs of Women” State Symphony orchestra “Novaya Rossiya”  Conductor – Tan Dun (China/USA)



“Cosi Fan Tutte” Overture

Tan Dun
The Secret Songs of Woman “Nu Shu” (for guitar, video, and orchestra)

Tan Dun 
Symphonic Poem on Three Notes (with film)

Romeo and Juliet Suite (selections)


The programme is subject to change

9 June 2020 Tuesday 19.00 Grand Hall
19.00 Grand Hall

“’Nu-Shu’: Secret Songs of Women” 
State Symphony orchestra 
“Novaya Rossiya” 
Conductor – Tan Dun (China/USA)

The concert is cancelled
For the first time in Russia, Tan Dun will conduct at Zaryadye Hall the program of his works, as well as the pieces by Mozart and Prokofiev. The world-renowned composer and conductor, UNESCO Global Goodwill Ambassador, Tan Dun, is a winner of today's most prestigious honors, including the Grammy Award, Oscar/Academy Award, and most recently, Italy's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, a 45-minutes symphony for the guitar, orchestra, and 13 microfilms Russian premiere is the centerpiece of the evening.

Nu Shu is a disappearing language with a long vocal tradition created by women for women in Hunan, China, in the 13th century. Several years of Tan Dun's research resulted in more than 200 hours of documentary footage. In 2013, he edited it down to 13 "micro films" and composed all new music to accompany them. The piece titled Nu Shu: the Secret Songs of Women was commissioned by the NHK and Philadelphia orchestras.

In 2018, Tan Dun invited the leading classical guitarist Artyom Dervoed to transcribe Nu Shu for the guitar. The transcription of the eight movements was premiered the following year, in the opening concert of the Guitar Virtuosi Festival at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. The world premiere of the symphony arranged for the guitar took place in July 2019 in China with Qingdao Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Tan Dun.

"Tan Dun's Nu Shu…was the most elaborate, with field videos showing three generations of women in the Hunan province of China, passing of life wisdom in the form of song. Great idea, since Tan is a master scene painter with music…" – Philadelphia Inquirer.