A Poet and His Muse - Yu Kwang-chung’s Poetry In Music: Celebration of poet’s words through music and film
Singapore, 20 November 2013 – For the first time in Singapore, the words of world renowned poet Yu Kwang-chung [余光中] will be celebrated through music in a one-time only concert, A Poet And His Muse – Yu Kwang-chung’s Poetry In Music [诗人的缪思 - 余光中诗歌音乐会], at The Arts House on 6 December.
In conjunction with the concert, there will also be a forum on Yu Kwang-chung’s Words and Music, where experts will explore the impact of Yu’s works on the Chinese musical and literary scenes, as well as a special screening of documentary on Yu’s life, The Untrammeled Traveler [逍遥遊]. Both events will take place on 7 December. This series of programmes is co-presented by The Arts House and SIM University.
Says William Phuan, Director, The Arts House: “Yu Kwang-chung is one of the Chinese-speaking world’s best-known and best-loved poets and authors. His poems are extremely popular with composers in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This concert was first staged in Hong Kong this March to sell-out performances. We are very excited to bring it to Singapore, and also present the world premiere of a few new compositions. Hopefully audiences here will enjoy it as well and gain more insight into the aesthetics of his poems.”
Adds Professor Eddie Kuo, Academic Advisor, SIM University and Director, UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies: “Through notes of composers, voices of singers, visual narration of filmmaker and discussion of scholars, this series of activities shall lead us to a deeper understanding of Yu's literary work.”
Born in Nanjing in 1928, Yu Kwang-chung is one of the most important Chinese poets today. He is most well-known for the poignant expression of emotions in his poems, which have become popular with composers in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. These poems have been set to music to express nostalgia for the motherland, concerns for mankind, nature and reflections on life.
Well-versed in English and Chinese, Yu is an instrumental figure in enhancing the understanding of and mediating ideas across cultural boundaries. His works cover poetry, prose, criticism and translation and number more than 50 titles. These include his poetry collections A Bitter Gourd Carved in White Jade, Dream and Geography; prose collections Listen to the Cold Rain, and A Bronze Dream; criticism collections From Xu Xiake to Van Gogh, Raise the Glass to Heaven and Laugh; translation collections Lust for Life, The Importance of Being Earnest, and A Translation of the Famous Works of John Keats.
This series of events is organised In collaboration with the TAIPEI REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN SINGAPORE [驻新加坡台北代表处]; sponsored by the Spotlight Taiwan Project (Special patron Dr Samuel Yin) [台湾文化光点计划 (特别赞助人尹衍樑博士)]; and supported by the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region[香港特别行政区民政事务局艺术发展基金].
Tickets to A Poet And His Muse – Yu Kwang-chung’s Poetry In Music [诗人的缪思 - 余光中诗歌音乐会] could be purchased from www.bytes.sg. For more information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg.
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