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Concert review: Gala: A Bowed Affinity by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Published on Jul 27, 2014 9:02 AM

Singapore Conference Hall

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This pair of concerts was supposed to have been legendary Chinese erhu virtuoso Min Hui Fen's final orchestral engagement. Unfortunately she died from a cerebral haemorrhage on 12 May in Shanghai at the age of 69. What would have been a celebration of her artistry instead became a requiem and memorial.

Replacing her was one of her finest pupils Liu Guang Yu. Alongside Singapore Chinese Orchestra erhu principal Zhao Jian Hua, also a student of hers, and her son the conductor Liu Ju on the podium, this was to be more than a fitting tribute. Naturally, concertante erhu works championed by Min were the order of the day, but there was lots more to be served.

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