Saturday, April 2, 2011

Nanyang Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra in Taipei

Its tempting to get all smaltzy with this story but I should add a disclaimer that I attend just about every concert held in my school auditorium anyway. Still it was at least a lovely treat to have a such a big group from home come all the way here and perform literally right at your doorstep. The evening was hosted by the university's Chinese Orchestra Society but the guys and gals from the Nanyang Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra performed the bulk of the programme.

As such cultural exchange concerts go, programming typically consist of works from both the visitors' and hosts' countries, and the orchestra did not disappoint with a varied repertoire ranging from Stephanie Sun to S.H.E. Of course, serious works were also presented and they delivered with enthusiastic, virtuosic flair. The team has obviously worked hard together as every cue and dynamic change was done with well-tuned precision and milked for theatrical effect.

Sorry for poor picture quality and lopsidedness

The orchestra moves on to Miaoli for a region-wide competition. I wish them all the best of luck and hope they will have a great time in Taiwan.

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