NUSCO has maintained the practice of holding concerts annually to showcase the orchestra's progress as well as to encourage greater appreciation and awareness of Chinese Classical Music. 三月天, a series of annual concerts held in the month of March is an intiative unique to the orchestra and lies in lieu with NUS's annual Arts Festival.
The following are some of our recent shows:
THE ART OF WAR
Since ancient times, mathematics has played an integral role in the development of the Chinese civilisation, from engineering and construction to the formulation of war strategies that led to decisive victories. NUSCO's concert 《战数》The Art of War draws the link between music to Mathematics through a unique selection of repertoire.
Featured works includes a piano concerto piece 《长城随想曲》 The Great Wall Capriccio as well as 《交响诗：赤壁》 Symphonic Poem: Battle of the Red Cliff, performed by tenor soloist Raymond Lee together with the orchestra.
This year, NUSCO is presenting《三月天•系》Connections which celebrated the interconnections among all beings, through the music of the past and present. The repertoire includes pieces written by well-known composers such as Robert Casteels’ Symphony No. 3 Opus 55 《第三交响乐》 and Law Wai Lun's The Celestial Webs 《天网》.
Featured work includes a concerto piece A Moonlit Night by the Flower-bloomed River in Spring 《春江花月夜》as well as our Pipa soloist, Yan Peiyan. It also includes Zhongruan concerto The Sisters’ Islands《姐妹岛》, brought to you by Ng Wei Jie and Andrea Leong.
NUSCO's concert 《三月天 • 界》Orbis seeks to invoke a sense of grandeur about our beautiful blue planet. The repertoire hopes to enthral the audience while the musicians traverse the vast expanse of the oceans and embark on an epic journey through the greatest trading route in history.
Featured works include Jiang Ying's The Silk Road and Impressions of Chinese Music, Su Wen-Cheng's Song of the Sea as well as our dizi soloist Beverly Goh's award-winning concerto, Bamboo Flute Concerto.
A GLIMPSE OF DIVERSITY
A Glimpse of Diversity highlights the difference in culture and beliefs that we all possess in spite of biological similarities, with composers making use of such thematic material to explore and evolve the sound of the Chinese Orchestra.
Featured works include Jin Xiang's Glimpses of Taklamakan, Pasibutbut Fantasia by Su Wen Cheng, as well as Gu Guan Ren's concerto Hua Mu Lan performed by pipa soloist Chin Zhi Yun.
AN EVENING OF MELODIES
Consisting of familiar tunes such as 城里的月光，Over The Rainbow and 月亮代表我的心, An Evening of Melodies aims to evoke feelings of nostalgia and celebrate the annual Mid-Autumn Festival with our audience. Light-hearted and fun, the repertoire hopes to make it more accessible to an audience not frequently exposed to Chinese Classical Music.
Part of the annual NUS ExxonMobil Campus Concerts, Tales brought to life many popular Chinese folk stories with an assortment of music that was inspired by them.
Featured were pieces that were notably linked to traditional tales and myths such as Fisherman of the East China Sea and Madame White Snake and introduced in a style akin to Chinese skits.
Vestige is part of NUSCO's annual 三月天 concert series and featured songs such as 秦兵马俑幻想曲， 嘎达梅林交响曲，山海印象，梦之舞 in an attempt to highlight the aspects of Chinese culture that have faded in time.
The concert also served as the world premiere of the piece 梦之舞, which was written by award-winning composer Mr Xu Zhi Yan and performed by soloist Mr Seetoh Poh Lam alongside the orchestra.
As part of NUSCO's 三月天 concert series, Wonderland sought to veer away from traditional Chinese Classical pieces, bringing with it famous soundtracks from Japanese animation classics and video games such as My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Super Mario and Final Fantasy X amongst many others instead. The fantasy and ephemeral qualities of these stories are what the concert hopes to encapture.
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