Xiamen chorus back for encore

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  • Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The much anticipated Xiamen University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra will be back in Kuala Lumpur next month to perform the classic Yellow River Cantata.

Apart from performing the classic cantata on June 24, the troupe will also perform along with several local choirs in an exchange programme on June 23. Both performances will be held at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur.

The 100-member ensemble — under the Xiamen University Exchange Troupe – wooed the local audience with their successful performance of The Long March Suite last June.

“Many people have expressed their disappointment at not being able to watch the show last year, so we are bringing them back,” said Malaysia–China Culture and Arts Association secretary-general Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.

The cantata — described as the most important and influential symphonic work — was composed in 1939 by Xian Xinghai, based on the patriotic poem Yellow River by Guang Weiran, to inspire the people to participate in the anti-Japanese war.

It describes the wild and intractable nature of the Yellow River — the mother river that has bred the great Chinese civilisation — to demonstrate the great power of the Chinese in enduring hardship while fighting to defend their wishes for world peace and harmony of mankind.

“For this performance, we have given the cantata a new life with new arrangement to mark the 40th anniversary of the Malaysia-China diplomatic relations and the establishment of the university’s first overseas campus in Malaysia.

“Such a performance organised at this moment is of extraordinary significance,” deputy routine director Prof Zhu Shuiyong told a press conference recently.

He also revealed that Xian had lived in the then Malaya for seven years, since he was six years old.

Also to be performed at the show on June 24 is the poem Ode to Peace, which was originally written by Gao Zhanxiang and read aloud from the space travel of Shenzhou VI spacecraft.

The troupe has often received invitations to perform overseas including in the Europe and US.

“But such a big-scale performance, we are only bringing to Malaysia to show our gratitude for the people here who have helped the university (for nearly a century),” said Xiamen University’s department of party publicity work deputy director Lou Hongying.

The Yellow River Cantata will be performed at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas on June 24. Tickets are priced at RM80, RM120, RM150 and RM250.

An exchange performance with local choirs from Universiti Malaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Seremban Chung Hua Alumni Choir and Malaysian Institute of Arts Choir will be held at the same place on June 23.

Tickets are priced at RM60, RM80 and RM125.

For details, call the secretariat at 03-6188 0393 or email to info.pkkmc@gmail.com for details.

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