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The Tears of Nature: Muhai Tang, Zimbalista & the Rishon LeZion Symphony

Hi there!

One of the highlights of the current concert season in Israel is going to be a first meeting of its kind between the Israeli public and the creation of the important composers of China today.

For the first time in Israel, the work "The Tears of Nature" will be played, a concerto for the orchestra and percussion composed by the Chinese contemporary classical composer Tan Dun. Tan Dun is the composer of various music works from chamber music to operas. Tan Dun won the Academy Award for composing the music to the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and nominations for the music award for other films.

WHEN: January 6,7,8 and 11, 2020 - Four performances as detailed below.

Concert program:

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

Tan Don: Tears of Nature for Percussion and Orchestra

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scherezade

The Tears of Nature: Muhai Tang, Zimbalista & the Rishon LeZion Symphony
Chen Zimbalista on the Marimba

The "Tears of Nature" will be played by percussion artist Chen Zimbalista. In each movement the soloist plays different instruments. The first movement uses the tympani, the second movement utilizes the marimba that is placed in the center of the stage and the last utilizes an assortment of percussion instruments such as the vibraphone, bell, tympani, tam tam drums, gongs, chinese music boxes and bells. The percussion soloist conducts a dialogue not only with the string and the wind instruments, but also with the percussion instruments in the orchestra. The concert will be conductd by Mohai Tang, one of China's most important conductors today, whose name goes before him as one who presents Tan Dun's works on world music stages.

Chen Zimbalista has explained that the inspiration for the wealth of sounds and tools in the work comes from nature that changes its hues and character, with all its flora and fauna. The concerto also creates a motif of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving for the new day, for the people around us, for life and for everything.

In addition, two of the most popular works of the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov "Capriccio Espagnol" and "Scherezade" will be performed during the concert.

About the Artists

Mohai Tang, an internationally-renowned Chinese conductor, winner of the Grammy and Eco Classic awards. Serves as Honorary Conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Shanghai Philharmonic, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra (China) and Harbin Symphony Orchestra (China). Over the years he has conducted several orchestras around the world including: London, Paris, Leipzig, Dresden, San Petersburg, Israel, Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich, Rome, Sydney, San Francisco and more. Previously, he served as Principal Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Belgium, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia, the Finnish National Opera, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. His interest finds its deep expression in China's art, cultural life and music. Among his many pursuits, he also managed theater, ballet and opera institutions.

Conductor and percussionist Chen Zimbalista serves as the conductor and musical director in a number of musical series and conducts and plays with leading orchestras around the world. In 2016, he headed the Percussion and Orchestra Department of the University of Delaware. In addition, Zimbalista is the artistic director of classical, jazz and world music festivals, as part of a music enterprise that he founded and presides over. As a percussionist and artist of Marimba, Zimbalista was received by Maestro Zubin Mehta and since the age of 16 has performed as a soloist with most orchestras in the country, including the Israeli Philharmonic.


January 6, 2020 - Tel Aviv, Shlomo Lahat Opera House for Performing Arts at 20:00

January 7, 2020 - Ashdod, The Performing Arts Center at 20:30

Rishon LeZion, Meir Nitzan Hall for Culture and Art -

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 20:00

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 20:30

Ticket prices: 130-215 NIS

Ticket Purchase: By phone 03-9484840



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