It was fun to hear Tchaikovsky played well (it also reminded me of the movie Three Amigos! with its uptempo beat and staccato tambourines that sounded like galloping horses.) The second violin concerto "Butterfly Lovers" by He Zhanhao & Chen Gang was as moving as a grand Chinese dramatic movie (those historic ones that the protagonist heroically dies at the end.) The most interesting part was seeing how these classically train musicians incorporated traditional Hakka folk music. The second half of the performance was an epic symphony written to show the proud culture of the Hakka: "The Echoes of Hakka's Earth Buildings" by Liu Yuan. There was a traditional Hakka folk singer that used these cool stick percussion instruments. There was also a really neat folk musician who used a leaf as an instrument! It sounded like a high pitched kazoo! I was so excited seeing this and nudged Andy because he knows of my love of kazoos!
|Hakka folk musician aka The Leaf Blower! (image from PianoMania)|
To cap off the night, we went to the Makansutra aka Gluttons' Bay hawker centre that's located right outside of the Esplanade. Tons of delish food but what caught my eye was this huge slab of deep fried pork belly Filipino style! mmmmm... bacon.
|Roasted Lechon Kawali or in my eyes "OH YEEAH. IT'S A DEEP FRIED SLAB O' BACON!" (image from googled from another blog)|