Sunday August 5, 2012
Orchestra brings beauty of classical music to masses
KUCHING: The soothing sounds of classical Chinese orchestra music resonated through the Kuching City South Council building.
Amid the cacophony of merriment taking place outside at the Kuching Festival, the orchestra effortlessly enchanted the audience in the packed auditorium last night.
There to officiate at the musical was SUPP secretary-general Prof Dr Sim Kui Hian.
In his speech, Dr Sim said classical music usually took a long time to learn well.
“Especially these days when the people are too engrossed with mobile devices these days, the interest to learn classical music is somewhat fading,” Dr Sim said.
Having said that, he believed society could use today’s technology in a positive way to preserve this traditional art.
He said people could do this by recording these performances and posting them on sites like YouTube.
This way, he said, talents from Sarawak would be made known to the world.
The orchestra playing last night was the Oriental Traditional Orchestra Kuching.
The musicians comprised students from three schools namely SMK Green Road, SMK Kuching High and SJK Chung Hua No. 1.
They were guided by the orchestra’s alumni.
The event aimed to provide a platform for young musicians to show their talents as well as promote and preserve classical music to the people, particularly the younger generation.