3 July 2006, Monday, 3.45pm
St. Luke´s Hospital Conference Room
Level 2, St Luke’s Hospital (2 Bukit Batok Street 11)
Singapore, 30 June 2006 - Patients of St Luke’s Hospital can relax to the soothing strains of the pipaand guzhengthis coming Monday when the SPH Gift of Music presents its third SCO Caring Series concert there.
These classical Chinese string instruments will take centrestage at this 45-minute concert performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.Music played on these instruments are said to have a therapeutic quality to calm the minds of those suffering from physical discomfort. The sounds of these string instruments can be lively and charismatic, with overtones that have been likened to the female voice.
SCO musicians Yu Jia (俞嘉) and Ma Xiao Lan (马晓蓝) will charm the audience with their popular Chinese folktunes. Be mesmerised by Yu Jia’s pipaskills as she performs beautiful folktunes such as Send Me a Rose (送我一枝玫瑰花), Dance of the Yi Tribe (彝族舞曲) and Flying Flowers on Jade (飞花点翠), while Ma Xiao Lan´s rendition of Lotus out of Water (出水莲), Fish Hawks Playing in Water (寒雅戏水) and Red Flowers on the Mountain (山丹丹花开红艳艳) on the guzhengare bound to delight the audience.
Launched in April this year as part of the second season of the SPH Gift of Music series, the SCO Caring Series aims to bring the joy of Chinese orchestral music to the patients, as well as their families and caregivers. It has so far enjoyed two well-received performances at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in April and Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital in May. The remaining hospitals that will benefit from this concert series are St. Andrew´s Community Hospital, Dover Park Hospice and Singapore General Hospital.
About SPH Gift of Music
Since its launch in May 2005, the SPH Gift of Music series has been staging outdoor concerts for the Singapore audience. The SPH Gift of Music brings concerts to the community with performances in the heartlands, parks, and now at hospitals and hospices to connect with the community.
The concert series is one of many outreach events, which SPH supports as part of its broadening community involvement.
About Singapore Chinese Orchestra
SCO, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has grown by leaps and bounds. The 70-strong orchestra has established a strong reputation as Singapore’s only professional Chinese orchestra. As a leading local performing arts group, the SCO aspires to introduce Chinese orchestral music to an ever-broadening audience.
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