Men of Iron and the Golden Spike 交响清唱剧 is a West Coast premiere symphonic oratorio telling the epic story of the thousands of Chinese workers who helped to complete the Transcontinental Railroad in the American West. Some 20,000 Chinese laborers built the rail line through the Sierra Nevada mountains and across the Nevada and Utah deserts, enduring terrible extremes of winter and summer and other brutal working conditions. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad in 1869, the Center for East Asian Studies and the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University and the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music have commissioned this work to shed light on the laborers that made the railroad possible. The piece features soloists and a mixed chorus and full orchestra. Music by Zhou Long with lyrics by Su Wei.
Classic of Mountains and Seas 山海经 is a new orchestral work inspired by the famous Chinese mythical text that described the ancient world.
Artists include Bard College’s professional orchestra, The Orchestra Now, plus the Silicon Valley chorale and soloists. Conductor, Jindong Cai; choral conductor, Elena Sharkova.
PRE-CONCERT TALK: At 1:45 pm, join Gordon Chang for "Memory and Music: Honoring Forgotten Railroad Workers."
Co-presented with the Center for East Asian Studies. This concert is the final event of the 2nd Annual China Now Music Festival presented by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.