Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Arts Sphere Chamber Ensemble in the 4th ASEAN Festival of the Arts

From March 22-27, the Philippines hosted artists from the ASEAN members to participate in the 4th ASEAN Festival of the Arts. I was privileged to have been chosen to be the Liaison Officer assigned to Singapore (Singapore will be hosting the festival in 2012).

Singapore sent over the Arts Sphere Chamber Ensemble, which was a fairly young organization. Arts Sphere was established in mid 2007, with an aim to strongly establish the genre of Chinese chamber ensemble. Within a short period of time, in 2008, the ensemble drew national attention by clinching first prize in the National Chinese Music Competition organized by the Singapore National Arts Council. In the Following year, the ensemble clinched the first prize in the 2009 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, Instrumental Folk Solo/Group Competition.

The rest of the ASEAN artists who participated made the festival the colourful tapestry that it is and made participants and audiences alike prouder that we share that one ASEAN culture and dream.

Here goes the ASEAN Song:

"Raise our flag high, sky high Embrace the pride in our heart ASEAN we are bonded as one Look-in out-ward to the world. For peace, our goal from the very start And prosperity to last. We dare to dream we care to share. Together for ASEAN we dare to dream, we care to share for it's the way of ASEAN

Go ASEAN brothers and sisters!  

Here's my prized photo with my babies from the Arts Sphere Chamber Ensemble :) 

See the rest of the photos here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3582455&id=525367919#!/album.php?aid=159300&id=525367919

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