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Hong Kong Symphony: Heaven-Earth-Mankind

Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Tan Dun, and the Bianzhong

Year: 1997, 57 mins
Code: DC-HongKong

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Hong Kong Symphony documents the dramatic premiere of Tan Dun's Symphony 1997: Heaven-Earth-Mankind at the historic ceremonies marking the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule on June 30, 1997. Featured are Tan Dun, the dynamic young Chinese composer/conductor, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the 2,400-year-old Bianzhong, a magnificent set of 64 bells that was recently unearthed from a royal tomb in Hubei, China.

The film captures the frantic energy of the handover through on-the-street interviews and backstage verité news coverage from Hong Kong, China, Britain and the US, and historical footage. The program also reveals the personal meditations of Tan Dun and Yo-Yo Ma, as these remarkable artists--and the magnificent music they create--offer fascinating counterpoint to the "official" versions of this historical moment.

 

Director: Larry Weinstein
Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Tan Dun, and the Bianzhong

 

 

"Will fascinate viewers with an interest in Chinese history, international relations, and ceremonial music performances." - Wisconsin Bookwatch

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