SYCO celebrates mid-autumn festival with A Moment We Share – Moonlight Charms concert at China Cultural Centre
Singapore, 12 August 2016 (Friday) – Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO) and China Cultural Centre (CCC) present A Moment We Share – Moonlight Charms as part of mid-autumn festival celebrations. The concert will be held on 11 September 2016 (Sunday) with 2 performances at 3pm and 5pm respectively at the China Cultural Centre Theatre. Admission is free with ticketed admission.
SYCO conductor Moses Gay will conduct the SYCO ensembles to perform a selection of mid-autumn-themed repertoire such as Lu Wen Cheng’s Autumn Moon over a Placid Lake. Inspired by the sceneries in Hangzhou during the mid-autumn festival, the piece was composed to express the grandeur of West Lake. Yeo Puay Hian’s arrangement of Rousing Clouds Chasing the Moon portrays the breathtaking night view of the bright moon emerging from the clouds.
SYCO pipa principal Kua Hui Lin and guzheng musician Jerica Fung will perform Qiu Da Cheng’s re-arrangement of pipa and guzheng duet Spring Blossoms on a Moonlit Night by the Riverbank. The blend of the two instruments adds a poetic nature to the piece which portrays the view of the setting sun on the bell tower by the riverbank as boats return from their sailing trip. It also expresses the composer’s love for the nature.
This concert will also feature compositions for bowed-string instruments including Three Taiwanese Folk Tunes, arranged by local composer Law Wai Lun. This lively and simple piece describes the joy of the farms as they see the train entering the mountains and tunnels in the Yi Lan region in Taiwan. Showcasing the various techniques of the strings, Lo Leung Fai’s Strings Sentiments showcases the different techniques of the strings, including plucking, legato, staccato and the melodic nature of the instrument.
Arranged by Chuan Joon Hee, The Full Moon is a touching piece that depicts the homesickness of solders when they are sent to the border to defend their country. Chen Jia Ming’s Moonlight in the City will let the audience relive the scenes of the popular local drama Toufu Street. SYCO will perform Full Moon Blossoms, composed by Huang Yi Jun and arranged by Peng Xiu Wen as a finale piece. This joyous piece illustrates the beauty of life with flowers blooming and just like the full moon; people should strive to live their life to the fullest.
Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra
SYCO is a group of highly talented musicians between the ages of 11 to 26, under the National Project of Excellence (NPOE) recognised by the Ministry of Education. With more than 90 members, SYCO aims to nurture aspiring young musicians and groom them to be the future pillars of Singapore’s Chinese music industry. From January 2016, Quek Ling Kiong is its music director with maestro Tsung Yeh as its advisor and Moses Gay as its conductor. SYCO is managed by SCO under the purview of the National Arts Council and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
China Cultural Centre
The establishment of the Chinese Cultural Centre (CCC) symbolises the partnership between China and Singapore and a result of 25 year of good working relationship between the two countries. The purpose of CCC is to offer a wide array of high quality, arts performance, exhibitions, trainings, exchange of ideas to cultivate and promote arts collaboration between China and Singapore in the areas of visual art, creativity, performing arts, films, publishing and sports. Situated on the 6th floor of the CCC, the library has a wide selection of more than 16,000 books. The library is opened to public from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm (closed during lunchtime from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and public holidays).
SYCO Concert: A Moment We Share – Moonlight Charms
Date: 11 September 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 3pm and 5pm
Venue: China Cultural Centre Theatre
217 Queen Street，Singapore 188548
Ticketed free admission. Please register for tickets at https://sycomoonfest.eventbrite.sg .
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