From South Korea, Jaeyong is in Singapore for holidays until December. A true piano enthusiast, he has been indulging himself in playing the piano during his stay here. Although Jaeyong is only here for a short period, he has formed a bond with Pianovers through Pianovers Meetup. We hope to know him better and that all of us are able to learn from one another and expand our knowledge.
Jonathan played Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev. This was the first one in the Suite No. 2 from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64ter, a ballet written by Sergei Prokofiev and based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Interestingly, "Montagues and Capulets" was related to death, and was used as the Introduction of Act III, that was played after the fatal duel between Mercutio and Tybalt.
To coincide with the arrival of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Pianovers Meetup #51 was a mooncake-themed one. Held at the residence of Junn, one of our Pianovers, this was a special event that saw people arriving in their traditional attire. In the spirit of the Mid-Autumn Festival, some Pianovers arrived with mooncakes. Others came with presents and red packets for Junn’s newborn, Beatrice. We Pianovers would like to thank Junn for her kind hospitality and for being such a wonderful host!
Jonathan performed his original composition, Heisō (並走) - Japanese for “running in parallel” or in a different context, “mutual fate”. This song was inspired by a scene where two star-crossed lovers boarded two trains that ended up running parallel to each other. This created a fleeting, haunting moment of eye contact between the lovers. Jonathan's piece would tell the story of the lovers’ parallel, almost-identical lives and lamentable truth that they would never meet again. Jonathan creatively expressed this by using, in his words, “the thematic 7ths to evoke a feeling of ‘near yet impossible completion’”.
Janice performed "I Vow To Thee My Country". This was a British patriotic hymn which has its roots dating back to 1921. That year, Holst converted a poem by Sir Cecil Spring Rice (1912) to music. Holst achieved this by adapting the music from a section of Jupiter from his suite "The Planets" to create a setting for the poem. Some may find this piece familiar, as it was used as the main theme for many of Solvil et Titus advertisements - Time Tree, Penguin, That Year.
As an important step in giving back to society, ThePiano.SG has rolled out a social initiative known as Pianovers Assist which provides assistance to needy Singaporeans so that all Singaporeans, regardless of their financial background, can benefit from the best opportunities in piano education. Zafri was the first beneficiary under the Pianovers Assist programme.
Owing to the fact that this Meetup session happened during the September school holidays, the turnout tonight was huge, and list of performers was long. As if this was pre-planned, the lights at The URA Centre were switched off right after the last note from the last performer! Such was the great timing! Everyone present cheered! We were all clearly happy that no one who had registered to play was left out.
Pianovers were updated with two pieces of news. Yamaha Music Asia has partnered with ThePiano.SG, during Yamaha's Piano Fair 2017, on ThePiano.SG's piano donation program "Pianovers Assist" for those in needs, where a beneficiary gets to keep a piano for 6 months free. Also, Pianovers Meetup #49 will be held at the Suntec Convention Centre, Room #333, on 10 Sep, 2pm - 4:30pm, in conjunction with Yamaha's Funtastic Piano Days.
The pianist swims his way into the seat before a grand piano, while the three accompanying violinists stand around him. The music soon starts, with Andre Kempen hitting the ivory keys and the violinists playing along, all breathing air bubbles as they serenade underwater.