Invitation to a magical evening in Shanghai on Oct 20

Vacheron Constantin is a patron of musical expressions may they be classical or contemporary and have extended an invitation to the members of the Hour Lounge to attend an amazing concert which they sponsor: the Water and Paper concertos by Tan Dun at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on October 20th. The concert shall be followed by a gala dinner.

If you are interested please email me with your full name, address and screen name.

More on Tan Dun

The conceptual and multifaceted composer/conductor Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world's music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical, multimedia, Eastern and Western musical systems. A winner of today's most prestigious honors — the Grawemeyer Award for classical composition, Grammy Award, Academy Award (Oscar) for the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” film score, and Musical America's "Composer of The Year" — Tan Dun's music has been played throughout the world by the leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on radio and television. Recent compositions include a new opera, The First Emperor, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, which premiered on December 21, 2006 with Tan Dun conducting; Secret Land for the Berlin Philharmonic; Paper Concerto for The Los Angeles Philharmonic; the opera Tea: A Mirror of Soul for Suntory Hall and The Netherlands Opera; and The Map: Concerto for Cello, Video and Orchestra for Yo Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony. Tan Dun’s latest film score is for prolific director Feng Xiaogang’s “The Banquet,” with the CD soundtrack to be released by Deutsche Grammophon. November 2007, in a week-long celebration of Tan Dun, the Stockholm International Composers Festival in Stockholm Sweden along with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, will present many of Tan Dun's milestone compositions. 2007 also marks the year of Tan Dun’s opera Tea; it has three new productions at Santa Fe Opera, Stockholm Music Festival and Vienna’s Neue Oper Wien. Tan Dun’s current commissions include a new work for pianist Lang Lang and The New York Philharmonic to premiere in April 2008. The First Emperor will have its encore productions at The Metropolitan Opera in May 2008.

Based in New York, Tan Dun was born in Hunan, China. Having served as a rice planter and performer of Peking opera during the Cultural Revolution, he later studied at Beijing’s Central Conservatory. There he encountered Western classical music for the first time, discovering a range of 20th-century repertoire previously suppressed in China. Tan Dun soon became the leading composer of the “New Wave” of contemporary music in China, which embraced a new cultural pluralism in the arts that began to develop in the early 1980s. Tan Dun moved to New York in 1986 upon receiving a scholarship from Columbia University, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (1993).