Indian Hill Music Lecture
I was honored to be invited to give a music lecture at Indian Hill Music. My lecture was the first lecture of the school's lecture series of 2016. The lecture was mainly focus on Chinese music on Tuesday, November 1, to go along with the Orchestra of Indian Hill's performance of Tan Dun's Contrabass Concerto "The Wolf" on November 12.
When I took the lecture I didn't know about the double bass concerto but I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to learn about the work. The concerto is in three movements and was based on the Chinese novel Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong which talks about the Mongolian wolf, the spiritual ancestor that people believe Genghis Khan (成吉思汗) and the Mongols were descended from. Composed in 2014 the work was commissioned by five different orchestras which included Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Taiwan Philharmonic (NSO), and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Bass Player in each of these orchestras is the featured soloist in their local performances.