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5lements – A Confluence of Chinese Chamber Music and the Five Elements



19 Feb 2022 (Sa) Esplanade Concert Hall 7:30PM 1 hour (No Intermission)

Tickets: $38*, $48 *Limited concessions for students, NSFs, seniors, PWDs: $30


An Esplanade Commission Presented by Ding Yi Music Company


Ding Yi Music Company presents a world premiere of 5lements, a Chinese chamber music piece specially written for this concert by renowned composer TANG Jianping, featuring guest cellist Leslie TAN.


The Chinese philosophy of the Five Elements—consisting of Fire, Water, Wood, Metal and Earth—pervades all things in the world we live in. In traditional Chinese music, it is found in the five core musical tones of Gong, Shang, Jiao, Zhi and Yu, which make up the basic pentatonic scale. Similarly, the five elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine correspond to the spleen, lungs, liver, heart and kidneys, affecting our mind and body.


5lements – A Confluence of Chinese Chamber Music and the Five Elements explores this shared connection between music and the human mind and body in a bold and ground-breaking style. Experience Chinese chamber music in a new way through the Five Elements, showcasing a tightly woven relationship that governs how art can influence us.


This concert is presented under the baton of Creative Director QUEK Ling Kiong, and features narration by BAI Ying Wen and direction by GOH Boon Teck.


Narrated in Mandarin, with English surtitles.


Creative Director/ Conductor: QUEK Ling Kiong Composer: TANG Jianping Director: GOH Boon Teck Cellist: Leslie TAN Narrator: BAI Ying Wen



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