Upcoming Concert

 

The Yellow River  coming soon
Sunday, 16 December 2018
5pm
Esplanade Concert Hall
Jessica Chen, soprano
Kee Loi Seng, tenor
Jonathan Charles Tay, tenor
Sun Zhao Rui, baritone
Johnny Ng, narrator

The Joy Chorale
Khor Ai Ming, director

Yeh Tsung, conductor


Yew Tian Phoon
On the High Seas

George Enescu
Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

P.I. Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture

Intermission

Xian Xinghai
Yellow River Cantata

A celebration of music that will undoubtedly stir the soul in its nationalistic fervour – the centrepiece of the program will be the “Yellow River Cantata” by Chinese composer Xian Xinghai. An epic work scored for large orchestra with additional Chinese musical instruments, narrator, soloists and large SATB choir, this modern choral masterpiece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran and conceived as an ode to the great river that is the wellspring of the Chinese civilisation.

Just like the Yellow River Cantata, both Enescu’s “Romanian Rhapsody No. 1”, which contains elements of gypsy music and vivid Romanian rhythms, and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”, a festival overture celebrating and commemorating the successful Russian defence against the advancing French army, displays their love and pride for their country. To complete this concert, we will also feature a piece by our very own local composer Phoon Yew Tien.

Maestro Yeh Tsung returns to the podium after masterfully leading the orchestra in a critically acclaimed concert in March 2017 which included Leong Yoon Pin’s “Dayong Sampan” Overture & Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. The BHSO is also pleased to welcome Maestro Yeh to his newly appointed role with the orchestra as Artistic Advisor.

這次演出以民族主義樂曲爲主題,匯聚著不同民族的愛國精神,并以光未然作詞,冼星海作曲的《黃河大合唱》為焦點。《黃河大合唱》以黃河為背景,敘述中華民族的光輝歷史、不屈不饒的奮鬥精神、抗日的壯烈、以及民族解放的雄心壯志。此作品由龐大的交響樂團、中華樂器獨奏、樂詩朗誦、以及宏大的合唱團呈現。

除了《黃河大合唱》,這次演出也將演繹三首同樣富有濃厚民族風味的樂曲。第一首是出自埃内斯庫·喬治手筆的《第一羅馬尼亞狂想曲》,融合了性格瀟灑不羈的吉普賽曲調與生動活潑的羅馬尼亞韻律。第二首是柴可夫斯基的著名作品《1812序曲》,他爲了慶賀俄羅斯軍隊在1812年成功擊退拿破侖軍隊的侵襲而編寫,作品展現出激昂的愛國情緒。而第三首則是本地著名作曲家潘耀田的精心作品。

這次演出由葉聰老師指揮。葉老師上一回於2017年3月以指揮的身份與布萊德嶺交響樂團同臺演出,演奏梁榮平的《Dayong Sampan 序曲》以及伊戈尔·斯特拉文斯基的《火鳥》,備受好評。這次葉老師更以萊德嶺交響樂團新任藝術顧問的身份重返指揮台,敬請期待!

 

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