【2017/18】20171024-Pine, Bamboo & Plum Brossom Works of CHENG Si-Sum
Composer CHENG Si-Sum made his name in traditional Chinese music circles with his cyclic The Winter Trio: Pine, Bamboo and Plum Blossom. In addition to his compositional work, he was also a “crossover” pioneer in traditional Chinese music, with works spanning performance arts, from dance, drama, to opera, as well as scores for film and television. In his career, he invigorated traditional Chinese music in Taiwan, helping it take root in everyday life. With this concert, TCO pays tribute to his legacy. CHENG Si-Sum learned the pipa when he was 11 and won his first top prize in pipa performance at 14, after which he was accepted with recommendation into Shantou City Art College in Guangdong, where he realized his musical potential. After fleeing from persecution five times and being sent to labor camps three times, he was finally reunited with his parents in Hong Kong. Afterwards, CHENG was active in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Eventually settling down in Taiwan, he devoted himself to the development of traditional Chinese music. To the loss of the music circle, CHENG died of cancer at the young age of 43. The programme for the concert include CHENG’s pipa concerto Splendid Dew and The Path, concerto for Erhu and Zhonghu. In his life, CHENG’s conducting was as graceful as a dance, and his musical notes became visual. Although we can never again witness the master musician at work, this concert will remind you of his dedication to traditional Chinese music in Taiwan.
PERFORMERS Conductor: QU Chunquan Pipa: CHEN Li-Chin Erhu: LIANG Wen-Hsuan Zhonghu: LIN Chia-Hui Taipei Chinese Orchestra
PROGRAMS The tune of Pegiu Opera Splendid Dew Pipa concerto The Winter Trio : Pine, Bamboo and Plum Blossom The Dancing Thrush The Path concerto for Erhu and Zhonghu The selection from Tanabata Rain the Traditional Chinese dance drama