FW: Yellow River Cantata concert
> Yellow River Cantata Concert
> Dear friends, have you ever visited the Yellow River, ever seen the
> towering waves, ever heard the thundering roars of this great and famous
> river? Would you like to experience the fiery fight between the boatmen
> and the Yellow River? Would you like to refresh your memory of the
> miseries the Chinese people suffered during the Japanese Invasion 70 years
> ago? Would you also like to participate in the battles against the
> invaders? Please come and join us in reliving that unforgettable and
> splendid history.
> In memory of the 70th Anniversary of the Japanese Invasion of Northeast
> China, (September 18, 1931), as a united action, three Overseas Chinese
> choruses -- Silicon Valley Chorus, Harmonic Chorus, and Great Love Chorus
> -- are jointly presenting a concert, "Yellow River Cantata". Also to be
> performed are "America The Beautiful", "On the Taihang Mountain", "When
> You Believe", as well as other famous Chinese and American folk songs.
> Music Director and Conductor: Timothy Ding
> Piano Accompanist: Jenny Lin
> Time and Place:
> Sept. 15, 2001 Sat. 8:00pm
> Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, Las Alto Hills
> Sep. 16 2001 Sun. 3:00pm
> Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
> Ticket Sale and Information:
> If you need tickets, please contact Ching Lee 408-2103151 or email
> ching.lee@..., ticket price $15
> or contact the following
> Admission: $15, $25
> Nan Hai Co. 510 Broadway, #300, Millbrae (650) 259-2121
> S. F. Star Inc. 1044 Grant Ave. S. F (415) 397-9708
> Chinese American Association of Commerce: 778 Clay St. Suite A. S.F. (415)
> Herbst Theatre City Box Office (415) 392-4400, www.tickets.com
> or Call (408)313-1967, (650) 759-6228.
> The Yellow River Cantata
> Music by Xian, Xinghai (1905-1945) Lyrics by Guang, Weiran
> Xian, Xinghai and Guang, Weiran finished the Yellow River Cantata at a
> time when the whole of Chinese society was suffering from foreign
> invasion. Resistance was the cry of the day, and the passionate call to
> arms, the ring of patriotic fervor that swept the land, became the
> dominant note in the composer's music. The Yellow River Cantata won the
> applause of the people, but irritated the invaders. As the Chinese people
> fought back, this particular musical work underwent the same persecution,
> the same course of struggle and resistance, and eventually the same
> liberation. The fate of the Cantata and the fate of the Chinese people
> are one.
> In October 1938, after the fall of Wuhan, poet Guang, Weiran led the third
> resistance opera troupe from Eastern Shanxi Province through the Luliang
> Mountains, an anti-Japanese base area, and crossed the Yellow River.
> Along the way they passed through treacherous gorges, raging rapids,
> reefs, and waterfalls. They witnessed the boatmen on the Yellow River
> battling the fierce wind and towering waves; they listened to the deep,
> resounding work songs of the boatmen. Deeply moved by this experience,
> Guang, Weiran began to write a poem to be called "The Yellow River" after
> arriving at Yan'an in January, 1939. On the eve of Lunar New Year, he
> read the poem at a New Year celebration. Xian, Xinghai was present, and
> upon hearing the poem, was overjoyed. He expressed his determination to
> create the Yellow River Cantata for the opera troupe.
> Housed in a crude, earthen cave, the ailing Xian, Xinghai worked for six
> consecutive days and finished the composition in March. On April 13, the
> Yellow River Cantata premiered in the auditorium of the College of
> Shanbei. It was an instant success, whereupon it quickly became known
> throughout China.
> The Yellow River Cantata is divided into eight sections, including two
> solos, one duet, and chorus. The spirit of each piece is effectively
> introduced by a short recitation preceding the music.
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