Whispering Pines Chamber Ensemble (松濤室內樂團)

An Ensemble of professional and amateur musicians pursue excellence in Chamber Music

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“Ode to Joy” — Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

On August 30, our Chamber Ensemble performed three music pieces including “Ode to Joy” of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. We loved the “Ninth” because it inspires our spirits, brings hopes, stirs the longing to peace and brotherhood.

Program

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“LA FOLIA” — The Most Lasting and Famous Tune in Western Music

Featured Image: www.hulkshare.com Salieri – Twenty six Variations on La Folia

I-Ling invited our members to her home for a family concert. This is to introduce her parents, visiting from Taiwan, to us and to keep our musical practices alive.

I have chosen “La Folia”, arranged by Suzuki as a violin solo piece. It is not a technically difficult violin piece. However, it is difficult to play well with the piano accompaniment because of the change of tempo and mood in each variation sections. Here is a performance from Miho Hakamata 袴田美穂(バイオリン), one of the best performances on this piece.

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Perform in 2014 Taiwanese American Heritage Week

We were invited by OCTA (Orange County Taiwanese Association) to perform at TECRO Orange County Office on May 24, Saturday. This event is to celebrate the Taiwanese American Heritage in a five-week series.

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Embracing Community

Since 2013, NTU Alumni Chamber Ensemble (NTUACE) started to play in the Sunday Worship at the Tustin Taiwan Presbyterian Church, in various community events and in family music parties. We want to get more intimate connections with the community for promoting Classical Chamber Music, and exploring Music Therapy (refer to “Our Intentions”).

I am excited to find an article “Embracing Community: Prometheus Chamber Orchestra” in Violinist.com recently. Prometheus Chamber Orchestra (PCO) was founded in 2013 and has 18 musicians. Here is their artistic statement:

Prometheus Chamber Orchestra is a self-conducted and self-managed orchestra in residence at the historic Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. Comprised of 18 musicians, Prometheus seeks to use the self-conducted orchestra to change the way audiences experience orchestra concerts, the relationship of the orchestra to the community, and the way musicians perceive concert programming and artistic responsibility.

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Review of Year 2013 (NTU Alumni Chamber Ensemble)

I.        ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

In the first half of year 2013, some of our members were traveling and hence our Ensemble had no public performances. Meantime, we continued the weekly practice in members’ homes. The major piece was J.S. Bach’s “Orchestra Suite #2, flute and strings”.  The cello part was played by the bass clarinet with the scores transposed from C to B-flat.

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Expand Our Chamber Ensemble’s Activities

In one of our weekly practice session, Albert mentioned about the new trend of Symphony Orchestra — music healing and discussion followed to expand our Chamber Ensemble’s activities beyond the weekly practices.

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Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor for Flute and Strings

NTU Alumni Chamber Ensemble (NTU Chamber) returns to the regular Sunday night gathering for practice. The Ensemble consists of one flute, one first violin, two second violins, one viola, one bass clarinet and one piano. As for the music, we selected Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor for flute and strings. The cello score was transposed for bass clarinet. We are welcoming musicians to join us, including those play viola, cello and woodwinds.

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Music from Trees

Reading “Music from  Trees” on WP blog site “Calvary Notes” inspired me to think about the connection of human creativity and nature. The YouTube video clip “森の木琴” is a commercial from a Japanese company “NTT DoCoMo“.

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Violin Class for Disadvantaged Children

Here is a YouTube clip, entitled “How Music Saved Venezuela’s Children”

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J. S. Bach’s Violin Music

Violinist Nigel Kennedy made news in last August. He accused fellow violinists of destroying Bach’s legacy in that most performances stripped of passion because the musicians can’t play Bach’s works properly.

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