Grades 7-12, College, Adult
Directed by Larry Weinstein
Produced by Rhombus Media
DVD Purchase $59, Rent $35
VHS Purchase $59, Rent $35
US Release Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-957-7
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-780-8
Awards and Festivals
Gold Apple, National Educational Media Network
Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Nominations, Gemini Awards
Hong Kong Symphony|
Tan Dun's "Symphony 1997" premieres as Hong Kong switches from British to Chinese rule.
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.
"Presents some intriguing larger questions...Can composers work effectively in a political arena?...The film is recommended for libraries with collection interests in political science, Asian studies, broadcast journalism, and music. "
Richard McRae, University at Buffalo Music Library, MC Journal
"Will prove of great interest for viewers with an interest in Chinese history, international relations, and ceremonial music performances."