Back in 2009, a multimedia piano concert that goes by the name of “Nodame Cantabile” once astonished audiences with its innovative presentation. On 1st of March, this concert will be making its return to Shanghai at the Shanghai Culture Square. Song Siheng, a young Chinese pianist, will be the one performing.
“Nodame Cantabile” is a Japanese television series famous for its romantic plot and wonderful recitals of both Beethoven and Chopin. It was then adapted into a multimedia piano concert by Siheng and first staged in 2009. Classic compositions such asBeethoven’s “Piano Sonata No. 8” (“Pathetique”), Debussy’s “Deux Arabesques No. 1 in C Major” and “La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin”, Chopin’s “Etude in E Major” and “Etude in C Sharp Minor”, Liszt’s “Feux Follets” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” will all be included in the performance.
There will be a big screen to showcase scenes from the television series while Siheng is playing the pieces on the piano. In order to add additional colour into the concert, there will also be certain jazz elements and improvisation involved. The 33 year old pianist won the National Piano Competition in Beijing when he was only fourteen years of age. He then went on to win the Leeds International Piano Competition, Dublin International Piano Competition as well as the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition.
Siheng mentioned that he is not very satisfied with the normal way of presenting music. He believes that multimedia concerts are a good way to help introduce classical music to more individuals. According to him, fast-developing visual technology such as the likes of film, television and lighting effects have the ability to capture the attention of audiences. A piano and/or a musician on their own may not have the sufficient ability to satisfy many modern people today. “We are trying to open the gate wider to attract a larger audience, but we are not lowering the threshold. Great classical music and an excellent performance are still the focus of the concert,” he explained. For the full story, you can read it from here.
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