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Secret Songs

Date, location, and tickets

Saturday, August 10, 2019
at 7:00 PM

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
307 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

$20—65



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Event Information

A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits when Cristian Macelaru leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in the West Coast premiere of Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, by Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). This beautiful multimedia extravaganza for harp and orchestra focuses on a secret, disappearing language created by and for women in 13th century feudal China. The culmination of years of ethno-musicological research, Nu Shu tells the story of the world’s only gender-specific written language—passed down from mother to daughter—and incorporates 13 short films directed by the composer and shot on location in Hunan Province. For Tan Dun, the micro films represent the past, the orchestra represents the future, and the harp acts as a bridge connecting the two. The work will feature harpist Sarah Fuller, praised by The Baltimore Sun as an artist with “pristine technique.” Hannah Lash’s music has been hailed by The New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding” and tonight she returns for the West Coast premiere of her God Music Bug Music. Bay Area composer and pianist Preben Antonsen makes his Festival debut with Psalm Without Words, a Festival commission that is part of an ongoing series sponsored by the Pacific Harmony Foundation, established by celebrated composer John Adams and his wife, the noted landscape photographer Deborah O’Grady. Receiving its U.S. premiere is Earworms, a whimsical work by JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung. Fung explains, Earworms “provides a commentary on the world we live in today–it musically depicts our diverted attention spans, our constant barrage of music and other media, and our multi-tasking lives.”