Audio / “East Fulfills West Orchestral Concert”, carried out by Guy Noble. At Llewellyn Corridor, July 30.  Reviewed by LEN Electric power.

After currently being postponed two times due to the covid pandemic, the “East Meets West” orchestral concert eventually arrived at Llewellyn Hall.  Presented to mark the 50th anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations involving China and Australia, it was a gala event with lots of of Canberra’s Chinese community in attendance.

Carried out by Person Noble, the live performance introduced two most important works by Chinese composers, “Butterfly Enthusiasts Violin Concerto” and “The Yellow River Piano Concerto”, as perfectly as other shorter japanese and western operates, some with solo singers.

The concert started with a properly played “Jasmine Flowers” by Giacomo Puccini. It was adopted by “Hope Betrayed” by composer Wang Liping with soprano, Ya Fen, and mezzo soprano, Victoria Lambourn. Jammy Huang joined the orchestra to enjoy the guzheng. This instrument gave the get the job done a hauntingly timeless top quality and contrasting singing types of the soloists extra fantastically to the over-all result.

Lambourn, then sang the Habanera from Bizet’s opera, “Carmen”.  Her singing of this famed aria in a fabulously developed purple dress was seductively outstanding.

Following was the 1959 “Butterly Fans Violin Concerto”, composed by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang. Penned for a Western-fashion orchestra, it attributes a solo violin performed applying some Chinese strategies. Amanda Chen was the violin soloist and she gave a masterly general performance of the solo passages of the work with colourful accompaniment by the orchestra.

The 2nd 50 percent of the software commenced with a robust general performance by the orchestra of Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2”.  This was adopted by two songs by soprano, Sharon Zhai, with “Ernani… Ernani, ivolami” from Verdi’s opera, “Ernani” and the contrasting “Pamir – My Lovely Hometown” by composer, Zheng Qiufeng. The singer commanded the phase with her fabulous voice, singing both equally music with great assurance and natural beauty.

The last do the job on the program, “The Yellow River Piano Concerto” by Yin Chengzong was played by piano soloist, Tony Lee.  This exciting spectacular function was presented an fantastic performance by Lee and the orchestra.

The live performance concluded with an encore, “I Appreciate You, China”, nicely sung in Chinese by the a few singers. The enthusiastic viewers gave the overall performance sustained applause.

An announcement at the commence of the concert inquiring individuals not to use their telephones could possibly have prevented the regular photographing with phones during.

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