Chinese composer joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a New Year’s cultural fusion-fest.

Academy and Grammy award-winning composer-conductor Tan Dun will join forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra next month to ring in the Year of the Horse with a program designed to highlight the power of both traditional Chinese music and Western classical counterpart.

The aptly titled East meets Westconcert will celebrate the rich Chinese culture found in Melbourne. “Chinese New Year is an important part of Melbourne’s cultural fabric,” said Managing Director of the MSO, André Gremillet. “We look forward to welcoming the entire Melbourne community to this special concert, one that we hope will become and annual event for our city.”

Two of Tan Dun’s major orchestral works will receive their Australian premieres in the concert celebrating the 2014 Chinese New Year. Also on the program are classics from the Western tradition, including music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Julietand Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor.

Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa is a work inspired by the Chinese ‘Ghost Opera’ tradition, whereby shamans communicate with spirits from the past and future, establishing dialogues between nature and the human soul. Xie Yudan, a leading virtuoso...