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Water Spirits

From River to Ocean

May 13

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with Tan Dun

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater,
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 “I have two goals in my heart: I don’t just want to establish a musical idea…. I want to develop a  cross-cultural idea that brings nature and classical music, ancient and modern, together.”—Tan Dun

Dean of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and UNESCO Global Goodwill Ambassador, Tan Dun, has made an indelible mark on the world’s music scene with a repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. His compositions often feature water as a musical instrument.

In this program, he conducts five works by Czech, French, Romanian, Japanese, and British composers who were inspired by the sounds of oceans, rivers, and flowing waters.


Bedřich Smetana (1824-88)
Vltava (The Moldau), No. 2 from Má vlast (My Country)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Rhapsody for Saxophone and Orchestra
Eric Zheng ‘24, saxophone

Claire de Lune

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
The Swan

Grigoraș Dinicu (1889-1949)
L’Alouette (The Lark)
Yida An ’24, violin

Tōru Takemitsu (1930–96)
I Hear the Water Dreaming
Jillian Reed ‘21, flute

Benjamin Britten (1913-76)
Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a, from the opera Peter Grimes

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