Sunday, September 23, 2012

Expressions (Part 1)


What will spring up in your mind when you heard of "orchestra concert"?
Classical repertoire, lengthy and sophisticating show, only for audience with music background? for old folks or even... another type of show that's boring where you can see and hear some audience actually snoring?

Inspired by Andre Rieu's version of 2nd Waltz from Jazz Suite, composed by Shostokovich (yes, I the moment when not only the performers but the audience are enjoying during the concert regardless of different age groups as well), I've decided to organise a dance-themed concert for Taylor's University Symphony Orchestra (TUSO)'s 3rd annual concert and so, the idea was running on my mind and started to plan in last year.
Some may be asking why we were not playing the orchestra version but string orchestra version instead for the Waltz No. 2?
Well, the answer is simple: I somehow can't get to find the orchestra version of the music scores since last year. However, this version arranged by Paul Lavendar is quite good.

Though I was trained more on classical musics (no, I wasn't from any school band that many people may think as I play flute usually in the orchestra), I understand the feel when you're watching the concert with so high standard and sophisticating pieces that you can hardly enjoy the gist of it and may even fall asleep.
Therefore, I've selected an array of well-known dance repertoire ranging from classical to pop songs.
Uh oh, you may not familiar with the names but I bet you've heard the music from the movies or somewhere else before.

The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Dance of the Reed Flutes
Waltz of the Flowers

Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson

Csardas by Vittorio Monti

Anitras Dance by Edvard Grieg (String Orchestra)

Waltz No. 2 by Shostakovich (String Orchestra)

Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel (String Orchestra)

Sway by Pablo Beltran Ruiz

Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms

Carmen Fantasy by Pablo Sarasate

Chicago from Chicago Movie

There are actually few songs that I wish to play:
Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez (gosh, I the one conducted by Gustavo Dudamel)
Golliwog's Cakewalk by Debussy
Waltz from the Masquerade Suite by Aram Khachaturian
La Cumparsita

Due to time constraint and limited sources, we have to forgo these :(
Anyway, hope the audience enjoyed listening to this repertoire!

Well, I joined the Dance Club (TUDC) before I was officially joining the Symphony Orchestra (TUSO).
I always admire the dancers whenever I pass by the Student Life Centre, watching them dancing freely (I can never synchronise my hands and legs well. lol)
This sparks my interest of collaborating with the dance clubs: Latin & Ballroom Dance Club & Taylor's University Dance Club (TUDC) to have a different touch and whole new experience for both players and audience in this concert.

Ah yes, in case you don't know, these are the songs that were featuring by:
Por Una Cabeza (TUDC)
Sway (Latin & Ballroom Dance Club)
Hungarian Dance No. 5 (TUDC)

Also, there were solo performances by Taylor's Latin & Ballroom Dance Club!

I feel so grateful to have them in spicing up the performance!
 ♥ you all...
Taylor's University Latin & Ballroom Dance Club

 Taylor's University Dance Club

Thank you Latin & Ballroom Dance Club and TUDC!


With love,
Kit Yee
Concert Organising Chairperson


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