2006-07-18

Taiwan Musicians in China

The Tao Yuan Symphonic Winds have returned from our concert visit to Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, China (PRC). This was an interesting way to see China for the first time--in the company of Taiwanese colleagues, most of whom were making their own first visits to China.

Our concert took place in the main Civic Center auditorium in Shenzhen. This cavernous place with a huge curvaceous roof makes for impressive architecture indeed. The auditorium was designed for spoken presentations, though, so for musical purposes the acoustics were dry.

Here are some audio files from the concert (MP3 format).

Jerome Naulais (b 1933)
Saxtory
featuring the Taoyuan Saxophone Quartet
[15:46]

American Traditional
Lord of the Dance (Simple Gifts)
[3:45]

Atsuhiro Isozaki
Japanese Graffiti IV
[6:56]

Those familiar with the soundtrack of the early George Lucas film American Graffiti will understand Isozaki's medley right away. Japanese Graffiti IV is one of a series of medleys by that title that celebrate popular songs that originated in Japan and played on east Asian radio stations in the late 50s and early 60s.

The trip permitted us visits to two of Shenzhen's theme parks, Splendid China and Window of the World, in Nanshan District. Photos to come.

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