From the Middle Kingdom to the Wild West

SEPTEMBER 29, 2019
Sunday at 3 PM

Presented by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory with the Center for East Asian Studies and the Chinese Railroad Worker’s Project at Stanford University
Part of the 2019 China Now Music Festival

Open dress rehearsal. Free admission. No tickets necessary.

New works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long evoke ancient and modern mythical geographies, including a world premiere about the thousands of Chinese workers who helped to complete the Transcontinental Railroad in the American West.


Zhou Long

Men of Iron and the Golden Spike WORLD PREMIERE

Classic of Mountains and Seas U.S. PREMIERE


Jindong Cai conductor

soloists to be announced

China Now Festival Chorus

China Now Music Festival

Presented by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music in collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the China Now Music Festival is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of classical music from contemporary China through an annual series of concerts and lectures. Each year the festival will explore a significant theme.

The 2nd annual China Now Music Festival celebrates milestones in the history of U.S.-China relations through music. Highlights include the world premiere of a symphonic oratorio by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Zhou Long honoring Chinese workers on the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, plus a musical portrait of renowned diplomat Wellington Koo, and the China Now Music Festival Gala at Carnegie Hall.

Photo by Patrick Arias