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At Juilliard Festival, a Challenge to Western Preconceptions of Chinese Composition

Seated before the Juilliard music school’s diverse student orchestra, atop a square platform, guest conductor Chen Lin commands perfection with her fingers, mouth and eyes. She stares at her music sheet, and up again, with intent and nuance. She communicates by holding her breath, her resolve more steady than anyone else’s in the room — apart from composer Chen Qigang, who stands behind her during rehearsal. The conductor-composer duo is a small sample of Juilliard’s Chinese-themed...

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