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Music | China Now Music Festival (2018)
With the theme of “facing the past, looking to the future,” the inaugural season of the China Now Music Festival unveiled a series of music concerts and academic activities that ran from October 19 through 22, 2018 in New York. Organized by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, the festival is part of Bard’s partnership with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and its five-year Chinese Music Development Initiative. Under the guidance of the festival artistic director Cai Jindong, the festival program included world premieres of two works by composers from the Central Conservatory of Music, in addition to the US premieres of Chen Yi and Zhou Long’s symphony Humen 1839, and Ye Xiaogang’s My Faraway Nanjing for cello and orchestra. Seven composers including Guo Wenjing, Qin Wenchen, Li Binyang, Chen Xinruo, Jia Guoping, Tang Jianping, and Chang Ping were commissioned to compose new works that received their world premieres during the festival. The China Institute also hosted a panel discussion featuring composers Ye Xiaogang, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, and Tony Fok, writer Su Wei, and festival Artistic Director Cai Jindong.