Orchestra introduces Chinese instruments to foreigners
By Jamie Wang, The China Post Sunday, December 13, 2009, 12:31 pm TWN
The event reached the climax as the troupe performed "Rose, Rose, I Love You" (玫瑰玫瑰我愛你). The song used to be popular in traditional local nightclubs, and was the first Chinese song introduced into the United States and became the third-best hit song in history.
Of course, the event featuring traditional culture would have some traditional pieces to show off. "Golden Snake Dancing" (金蛇狂舞), a familiar piece played in many neighborhoods during Chinese New Year, has music involving rhythmic percussion and string instruments.
To invite in the Christmas season, a Christmas songs suite was delivered in the second part of the performance. The beautiful sound of the flutes gave an ebullient spirit.
The concert ended with its climax in "Buddhist Monk Fooling with Lions" (羅漢戲獅), which stopped abruptly and surprised the audience.
In response to the audience's appreciation, the band offered an encore performance by playing "Chibi Maruko-Chan" (櫻桃小丸子), the theme song of a famous Japanese cartoon, and "Do-Re-Mi" (真善美), one of the most beloved songs in the famous movie "The Sound of Music." The song was easy at the beginning and gradually developing into a very high and joyous melody. After the performance, the instruments were open for the audience to "touch." Musicians were there to teach and help the participants experience the traditional instruments.
Cecile Logan, Moeser's wife, tried to play yangchin (楊琴), a hammered dulcimer, with instruction from Lee Lien-wen (李蓮文).
"I play piano, so I was very interested in the songs. It's very rich, it's like in the heart," Logan said, adding that "I was also very interested in the different arrangement, and also the score is in numbers, I've never seen that before, it's very fantastic."
She really liked the performance and said, "it's wonderful that they started with a series like this. This is a great educational tour for foreigners and young people to come here and learn the local culture. I think that the music should be put on CD."
Raphael Gamzou, representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, commented that the event was "a very positive initiative."
"There's a lot of interest and curiosity about this country, this culture. Sometimes we can manage some events for ourselves, but sometimes we need an intermediary organization or person to lead you in local culture or performance," Gamzou said.
"I think it might be developed into a more throughout introduction, and more about the culture," Gamzou said.
Moeser added he would "like to know some of the traditions, the people who play them and compose in the old days, how the music developed, also how it's written down."
The audience really enjoyed the concert, and they would like to come back for more.
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