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Hearing Kinmen - The Anniversary Concert of the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis

Hearing Kinmen - The Anniversary Concert of the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis
Reporter: Chen Li-Yu/Jincheng

The Cultural Affairs Bureau held the "Anniversary Concert of the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis" on the 60th anniversary of the bombardment of Kinmen by the PRC. The concert commemorated the sacrifices and dedication of the heroes of the event, and the bureau invited the Kinmen Chinese Orchestra and Taiwan Chinese Orchestra to put on a stunning performance. Yesterday, Huang Guang-You conducted this stunning orchestra in performing "The Legend of the Wind-Lion God" among many other songs written about Kinmen. The famous composer Liu Chang-Yuan’s "Imagining Kinmen," which was written based on the concept of "peace", was also performed in public for the first time. This song manifested the spirit of the concert and also received wide acclaim from the attending audience.

Kinmen County Government's Cultural Affairs Bureau stated that the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis, which took place almost 60 years ago, is of paramount importance to the Taiwan Strait. As Kinmen is the first line of defense, the prospect of war is always at the forefront of the minds of Kinmen's residents. To honor and remember the sacrifice and dedication of their ancestors, the bureau specially put on the Anniversary Concert of the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis over the summer break, inviting the Kinmen Chinese Orchestra and elite soloists from the Taiwan Chinese Orchestra. Starting on July 9th, this public performance series goes until August 12th, touring to several major destinations across Kinmen.

The very first large public performance of "Hearing Kinmen - Anniversary Concert of the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis" happened just last night. Conducted by Huang Guang-You, this performance also brought together Kinmen's own erhu soloists Jhang Fong-Yi and Chen Jia-Lin as well as dulcimer soloist Syu Siao-Yuan together with the Kinmen Chinese Orchestra to perform the following pieces: "Drunken Fugue in the Golden City of Kinmen" by Jhu Yun-Song, "The Legend of the Wind-Lion God" and "The Prosperous Kinmen" by Su Wen-Cing, and "Love in the Golden City" by Lu Liang-Huei, all of which are classic songs depicting the life and land of Kinmen. The songs give listeners insight into the special characteristics and styles of Kinmen.

Among other things worth mentioning, in addition to the songs written in and about Kinmen, the composer Liu Chang-Yuan, who achieved a great success on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, was invited. He has created an all-new innovative, groundbreaking style based on the concept of peace to compose "Imagining Kinmen", performing it at the concert for its first public performance. For an encore, they performed "Sweet Potatoes" and "Anthem of Kinmen County" in the Chinese music style, to much praise.

The Kinmen Chinese Orchestra specially performed "Imagining Kinmen" after the Kinmen County Cultural Affairs Bureau commissioned its creation in 2017. The composer Liu Chang-Yuan took inspiration from the ringing bells of the seaside Haiin Temple to help pray for peace. The powerful melodies perfectly reflect the warmth and joy of Kinmen's sacrificial festivals. The middle of the song and its arrangements have quite dissonant cords, evoking the sensations of war. They carry listeners into a trance, taking them back to those days when flames of battle raged across the land, leaving them frightened and trembling. The erhu sounds as if they are weeping and moaning, conveying the sorrow of Kinmen's citizens. At the end of the peice, the music displays the hardship and difficulties of reconstruction after war. The entire song's peaks and valleys of intensity convey the lyrical, passionate, and magnificent nature of the song, perfectfully conveying Kinmen's citizen's love and desire for peace. Those hearing the song can hear how precious peace is to the residents of Kinmen, and their passon and confidence in driving the message of peace.

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  • Date:2017-12-12