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Pulitzer Prize-winner DU YUN, born and raised in Shanghai, China, and currently based in New York City, works at the intersection of opera, orchestral, theatre, cabaret, musical, oral tradition, public performances, electronics, visual arts, and noise. Her body of work is championed by some of today’s finest performing groups and organizations around the world.

Known for her “relentless originality and unflinching social conscience” (The New Yorker), Du Yun’s second opera, Angel’s Bone (libretto by Royce Vavrek), won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize; in 2018 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow; and in 2019, she was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Classical Composition category for her work Air Glow. As an avid performer and bandleader (Ok Miss), her onstage persona has been described by the New York Times as “an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge.”

Du Yun is Professor of Composition at the Peabody Institute, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

A community champion, Du Yun was a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble; served as the Artistic Director of MATA Festival (2014-2018); conceived the Pan Asia Sounding Festival (National Sawdust); and founded FutureTradition, a global initiative that illuminates the provenance lineages of folk art and uses these structures to build cross-regional collaborations from the ground up. In 2018, Du Yun was named one of 38 Great Immigrants by the Carnegie Foundation, and in 2019 the Beijing Music Festival named her “Artist of the Year.”

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Constellation to Present JACK Quartet in Showcase of Close Collaborators in March

The JACK Quartet will appear at Constellation on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 8:30pm in a concert of forward-looking works curated to showcase the vitality of the string quartet genre, and its adoption into modern composition, some 275 years after Haydn defined the form.

ANGELS BONE to Make Toronto Debut at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre in March

'Angel's Bone' will make its Toronto debut with three performances from March 22nd to the 24th, 2024 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre.

American Composers Orchestra Announces EarShot Publishing, Partnering With Boosey & Hawkes And Sphinx Organization

The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) launches EarShot Publishing, an unprecedented music publishing initiative that will administer the rights for select orchestral works developed through its national EarShot composer advancement programs, which include Readings, CoLABoratory Fellowships, and other commissioning opportunities.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Unveils 2024 Tanglewood Season, Featuring More Than 100 Performances

Tanglewood has revealed details of its 2024 season, opening in late June through August 31.

Carnegie Hall Presents ACO In AMERICA IN WEIMAR: ON THE MARGINS, March 12

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 7:30pm, Carnegie Hall presents the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) in America in Weimar: On the Margins at Zankel Hall. 

Carnegie Hall to Present American Composers Orchestra in America in Weimar: On the Margins at Zankel Hall

Carnegie Hall presents the American Composers Orchestra in 'America in Weimar: On the Margins' featuring new works by John Glover, Kelley Rourke, Jerod Tate, and Tonia Ko. The program explores the United States' influence on the pre-World War II Weimar period.

JACK Quartet Premieres Natacha Diel's BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE In February

Known for 'reliably surprising, and reliably impressive” (The New York Times) performances, the JACK Quartet makes its Penn Live Arts debut in the world premiere of composer Natacha Diels' Beautiful Trouble on Friday, February 2, 2024 at 8:00pm.

International Contemporary Ensemble to Perform Works By Anthony Davis And Leila Adu-Gilmore At NYU Skirball

International Contemporary Ensemble Performs Works by Anthony Davis and Leila Adu-Gilmore at NYU Skirball. Experience a captivating evening of chamber music featuring the world premiere of Adu-Gilmore's Mahakala Oratorio.

Wu Man To Premiere Du Yun's New Concerto For Pipa At Zankel Hall in February

Wu Man will premiere Du Yun's new concerto for pipa at Zankel Hall on February 29.

Long Beach Opera World Premiere Of ISOLA At The Compound Long Beach, February 3, 10, 11

ISOLA–a prismatic meditation on time, mental health and isolation– is the new opera by composer Alyssa Weinberg with a text by poet J. Mae Barizo that launches Long Beach Opera's 2024 Season.

American Composers Orchestra Unveils Selections For National Earshot Readings & Residencies

American Composers Orchestra announces composers selected for national EarShot Readings & Residencies, pairing composers with mentors and training with major American orchestras.

JACK Quartet to Premiere Natacha Diels' 'Beautiful Trouble' At Penn Live Arts

JACK Quartet performs the world premiere of Natacha Diels' 'Beautiful Trouble' at Penn Live Arts.

Carnegie Hall to Present 100+ Events as Part of Weimar Festival

Carnegie Hall has revealed a schedule of 100+ events for the Weimar Festival, January-May 2024.

International Contemporary Ensemble to Perform World Premiere of Yvette Janine Jackson's T-MINUS: A RADIO OPERA

International Contemporary Ensemble is giving the world premiere performance of Yvette Janine Jackson’s T-Minus: A Radio Opera on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 8:00 p.m. at Roulette.

JACK Quartet With Tyshawn Sorey, Percussion to Perform at 92NY in December

JACK Quartet with Tyshawn Sorey, percussion at 92NY on December 16, 2023. Experience a US premiere performance blending composition and improvisation. Tickets starting at $25.

The Brick Presbyterian Church Hosts A Service Of Lessons & Carols With A World Premiere By Jonathan Woody

The 2023-24 season of Worship & Arts at Brick Presbyterian Church continues with a service of Nine Lessons & Carols, featuring the world premiere of Jonathan Woody's Magnificat, on Sunday, December 17 at 4:00 PM at The Brick Presbyterian Church, 1140 Park Avenue, Manhattan.

Classical Candlelight Concerts to Present CROSSING THE OCEAN with Bridget Kibbey, Harp and Elliott Forrest, WQXR

ArtsRock will begin a new season of Classical Candlelight Concerts with a concert featuring award-winning harpist Bridget Kibbey, hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest. Get all the details here!

The Knights Launch New Three-Concert Zankel Hall Series This Thursday

Beginning this week, Carnegie Hall presents a new three-concert Zankel Hall series showcasing the ground-breaking music collective The Knights, led by artistic directors Colin and Eric Jacobsen.

International Contemporary Ensemble Releases AFTERWORD: AN OPERA IN TWO ACTS By George Lewis

International Contemporary Ensemble has released Afterword: An Opera in Two Acts by George Lewis. Lewis's first opera premiered in 2015 and is now available on New Focus Recordings/TUNDRA.

International Contemporary Ensemble Collaborates With Tomomi Adachi For John Cage's JAPAN SERIES At Japan Society

​​​​​​​International Contemporary Ensemble collaborates with performer/composer/poet/visual artist Tomomi Adachi for a three-concert series titled John Cage's Japan celebrating John Cage's relationship with Japanese culture, presented by the Japan Society this season.

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