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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2017 橙縣臺灣傳統週

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今年是我們室內樂團第四年參加橙縣台灣傳統週系列活動 — 音樂台灣 : 古典與新潮。

今年我們樂團新增 Recorder (木笛) 來演奏巴哈的樂曲。Mary Van Cott-Hand 客座參加木笛演出。年輕的團員組成絃樂四重奏、提昇選曲的高度技巧。首次與福爾摩沙之愛合唱團合作、我們樂團伴奏月夜愁、由林麗貞女高音獨唱。

我們樂團歡迎有志於推廣台灣民謠與古典音樂的音樂家參加我們的團隊。

We are grateful to Mr. Peter Yang who had done excellent video recordings for the performance of our Ensemble.

Rehearse on J.S. Bach’s Music

Beginning on April 12, 2016, our ensemble rehearsed selected Taiwan Folk Songs arranged by Masaaki Hayakawa. On May 21, we were invited by Taiwan Economic and Cultural Center to perform during Taiwanese American Heritage Week (2016 橙縣臺灣傳統週 臺灣音樂欣賞 ) at their Orange County office. Our rehearsals continued with new Taiwan Folk Songs and recently, we switched to Baroque period music, on J.S. Bach compositions.

In the past, we had rehearsed Bach’s Orchestral Suite #2 and performed in two occasions: (1) 2013 Taiwanese American Heritage Week, and (2) NTU Alumni Choir Concert. In both concerts, we have violins, piano (substitute cembalo), bass clarinet (substitute cello), without viola. This time, we want to rehearse the music with a full string ensemble and piano. Another music piece we selected is J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4. Marie will play the recorder, Grace on flute, Samuel on violin solo with the string ensemble and piano.

Dutch Bach Society (Nederlandse Bach Vereniging) started in 2013 the All of Bach program –performing and recording of all the works of Bach and published the works on line. Each composition is moved by musicians and equipped with necessary basic information for public. Dutch Bach Society was founded in 1921 and is likely the oldest Bach Society established in the World.

Bach’s Orchestral Suite #2 and Brandenburg Concerto #4 had been performed and published in All of Bach. Their performances are superb, and we love their interpretations of the music. In the next few months, we would like to complete the rehearsals and perform the music in public concerts.

Taiwan Folk Songs

Our Chamber Group had been invited to perform in Taiwanese American Heritage Week [橙縣臺灣傳統週臺灣音樂欣賞] in previous years and this year. Taiwan folk songs are the main focus of our music selections. Here are brief summaries of Taiwan Folk Songs (台灣歌謠) from 日治時代 (1932-1939) to 戰後 (1946-1960). 台語通俗歌謠(I);  台語通俗歌謠(II) These PPT summaries were based on the book  “台灣歌謠追想曲” by 莊永明; 前衛出版社 1994.

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2016 橙縣臺灣傳統週

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音樂台灣 : 古典與新潮, in Orange County, California, 2015-05-16

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NTU Alumni Chamber Ensemble’s performance:

“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.

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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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