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. Here is the trailer for the film: “Following the Ninth” by Kerry Candaele, a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural…
“LA FOLIA” — The Most Lasting and Famous Tune in Western Music
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…
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.
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. I am excited to find an article “Embracing…
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…
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.
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…
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”.
Violin Class for Disadvantaged Children
Here is a YouTube clip, entitled “How Music Saved Venezuela’s Children”
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.