Tan Dun Buddha Passion


East meets West with our final Delta | Masterworks program of the season. Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion is the first of its kind in a centuries-old tradition: a passion not inspired by a Christian narrative but rather, a Buddhist one. Stirred by the city of Dunhuang and its ancient caves, Tan Dun created a powerful score that weaves chants, stories and sounds into a breathtaking vocal masterpiece, capturing the Buddha’s teachings and timeless universal concepts of love, forgiveness, sacrifice and salvation.


Thomas Dausgaard, Conductor

Sen Guo, Soprano

Huiling Zhu, Mezzo-Soprano

Yunpeng Wang, Baritone

Tan Weiwei, Female Indigenous Singer

Batubagen, Male Indigenous Singer

Chen Yining, Fantan Pipa Soloist and Dancer

Seattle Symphony Chorale

Northwest Boychoir

Seattle Symphony

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