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Monday September 27, 2010

Soprano Tan belts out Teresa Teng’s numbers

INDUSTRY friends, advertisers and agencies from the Malaysian Advertisers Association (MAA) gathered for a night of evergreen songs and camaraderie on the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The get-together-cum-dinner was held at the grand ballroom of Hilton Kuala Lumpur which had collaborated with MAA for the musical event Moon Represents My Heart, presented by Dama Orchestra in memory of the late Taiwanese songstress Teresa Teng.

The stage was set for the mini- concert replete with props of a moon to denote the event’s significance.

Organising chairman for MAA Tay Ai Leen said the association organised an industry get-together every year which was called then as the Advertising Ball.

One for the album: (From left) Ngiam, Dorothy Teoh from The Edge, Tay and Margaret Au Yong at the dinner.

“But it is an excuse for everyone to gather for a social soiree that is marked in their calendars yearly,” said Tay in her speech at the dinner.

“This year is no different, which happens to coincide with the Mid-Autumn Festival.

“Of course there are two stories about this festival. The first is the rule of Mongolians during the Yuan Dynasty whereby Chinese planted messages of attack inside mooncakes to overthrow the government.

“The second version is set during the Tang Dynasty whereby the Chinese worshipped the moon and her beauty.

“I remember in my younger days when our families would make offerings including white face powder and play lanterns and firecrackers at midnight,” she said.

Tay also thanked those who lent their support.

“Tonight will be especially enjoyable with a five-course dinner menu while we listen to our own award-winning soprano Tan Soo Suan belting out popular songs of Teresa Teng’s,” she added.

The menu comprised the Golden Shrimps Ball with Roast Mashed Pumpkin Caramelised Unagi Sauce, Double-Boiled Dried Seafood Consomme, Hong Kong Bean Curd’s Roll with Abalone, Pan-Seared Canadian Cod and Steamed Glutinous Rice with Angelica Broth, and lastly the dessert of Avocado Mousse with Coconut Ice-Cream and Nata de Coco in Brown Sugar.

Following the dinner, the humble beginnings of Teng was narrated on stage.

The narrator spoke of her life and her love for singing at a young age.

Tan soon emerged from behind the stage, in a blue gown singing Teng’s hit number Yue Liang Dai Piao Woh De Xin (Moon Represents My Heart), the befitting theme for the evening, and Ji Duo Chou (How Much Sadness)

Tan then belted out the Cantonese hit Man Po Yan Seng Lou (Stroll on the Journey of Life).

The narration continued as profile shots of Teng were displayed on screen, from her younger years as a demure beauty right down to the years before her untimely death.

Tan, now garbed in purple long dress, then sang hits like Woh Ze Zai Fu Ni (I Only Care About You) and Xing (Subaru) in both Japanese and Mandarin.

Teng had mastered the Japanese language and her album was well-received in the Japanese market.

Though Tan did not quite look and sound like Teng at times, she still managed to hold her own with her high-pitched voice for the songs that made Teng such a household and internationally-renowned name.

She reappeared again, this time in an entirely white attire, complete with silky white gloves to sing a medley of favourites like Xiao Cheng Gu Shi (Small Town Story), Lu Bian Di Yeh Hua Bu Yao Chai (Don’t Step on the Flowers by the Roadside), and Ye Lai Xiang (Fragrance of the Night).

Tan ended the night on a high with the rendition of Zai Jian Wo De Ai Ren (Goodbye My Love) before some in the crowd shouted for an encore, which she gladly obliged with numbers like He Ri Jun Zai Lai (When Will You Ever Return).

It was a perfect evening, especially for fans of Teng.

Among the guests present were Star Publications Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datin Linda Ngiam, deputy group chief editor (1) David Yeoh, Malaysian Advertisers Association president Khoo Kar Khoon, Malaysian Newspaper Publishers Association chairman Mohd Nasir Ali, Media Specialist Association president Ranganathan Somanathan, Communications and Multimedia Content Forum of Malaysia chairman Datuk Borhanuddin Osman, Audit Bureau of Circulations chairman Margaret Lim and top management from various media groups.

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