Monday, April 18, 2011

Nanyin at Esplanade Concourse

As part of the Tapestry of Sacred Music programme organised by Esplanade, Siong Leng Musical Association performed on 16th and 17th of April at the concourse of the Esplanade. The Siong Leng ensemble performed in three sessions of 30 minutes each, from 7.15pm, 8.15pm and 9.15pm on 16th April, and from 5.15pm and 6.15pm on 17th April.

In the first session, they performed the piece, "In Praise of Guan Yin of the Southern Seas" 南海观音赞 (Nan Hai Guan Yin Zan). In the second session, they performed two pieces, "Before the altar" 第子坛 (Di Zi Tan) and "The Plum Blossons" 梅花操 (Mei Hua Cao). In all the performances, the turnout was very good, some who came to watch and others who passed by.

On family brought their old grandma (probably in her late 80s or early 90s) in a wheelchair to watch. She must have watched or perhaps even sung Nanyin in her younger days.

Thanks to the handouts by the Esplanade, the audience could have a better appreciation of the stories from which the songs sung.