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Preview: A Voyage to Nanyang V – Balik Kampong by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra

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Quek Ling Kiong

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra returns this November with SCO Young People’s Concert: Voyage to Nanyang V – Balik Kampong. This time around, they’ll be featuring the beloved “Ah De” in this final episode, played by SCO Resident Conductor Quek Ling Kiong as the orchestra takes audiences on a trip down memory lane!

Ismahairie Putra

Rediscover Singapore’s old days, where the multicultural and heartwarming kampong spirit is all about, and is an chance for young audience members to experience and understand the uniqueness of every culture, and how racial harmony can and has been maintained from the past to now. As much as the physical kampong no longer exists, one must continue to keep the spirit of the kampong alive. The concert itself is split into four segments: The Scenic Kampong, Fun at the Kampong, Kampong Tunes, The Kampong Nostalgia, and features a spectrum of musicians not limited to the Chinese Orchestra standards, with gambus musician Ismahairie Putra and venu musician Raghavendran Rajasekaran joining the lineup.

Raghavendran Rajasekaran

In The Scenic Kampong, audiences will be led on a journey as they listen to music illustrating the beauty of the village era, including Gu Guan Ren’s Chinatown from A Glimpse of Singapore, a Malay folksong duo including Burong Kaka Tua and Geylang Sipaku Geylang re-arranged by Sim Boon Yew, and Yii Kah Hoe’s Buka Panggung. In Fun at the Kampong, audiences witness the fun activities during kampong days, with a programme that includes Soh Kay Cheng’s Ah Lee & Ali, Liong Kit Yeng and Phang Kok Jun’s Street Opera of the Lion City. 

Pipa Player Zhang Yin

In Kampong Tunes, SCO will share Singapore’s multicultural and racial harmony through traditional music and instruments from different races performing together, as Raghavendran Rajasekaran performs Bho Shambo with SCO dizi musician Tan Chye Tiong, while gambus musician Ismahairie Putra will partner SCO pipa musician Zhang Yin to present the world premiere of Wang Chenwei new work’s Pelayaran. The concert will end off with Kampong Nostalgia, where the orchestra will perform Indonesian folksong Lenggang Kangkung, re-arranged by Chow Jun Yi, and Wang Chenwei’s Confluence, concluding the concert with a presentation of how Singapore has seen success today because of the harmonious multiracial society we’ve maintained over the years.

Dizi Player Tan Chye Tiong

In addition, on 10th November, SCO will conduct free and exciting pre-concert activities for ticket holders to reminisce and play old-school games such as five stones, chapteh, hopscotch, goli (marbles), and pick up sticks. Come join the SCO as they bring the historical kampongs to the modern urbanites of today, as these multi-faceted musical elements are woven together through multicultural instrumental dialogues and bring you one serious blast to the past!

SCO Young People’s Concert: A Voyage to Nanyang V – Balik Kampong plays on 9th and 10th November 2018 at the SCO Concert Hall. Tickets available from SISTIC

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