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Sounds of Spring

Yu Zhou Chang Wan 渔舟唱晚 (Fisherman's Serenade) [video 1] [video 2]
Sharleen Chen - erhu
Celine Chen - guzheng

This piece depicts the serene scene of the golden sunset's reflection across the sea, and a fisherman is his boat slowly drifting away with the waves.

Zhen De Hao Xiang Ni 真的好想你 (Really Missing You) [video 1] [video 2]
Julia Xu - vocal
Sharleen Chen - erhu
Allan Zhang - piano

This is a popular song of the late 90's that blends modern and traditional sounds. This song is not addressed to anyone in specific, but expresses a deep longing for a loved one or a beloved home from which the singer is separated by large distances. It is well-known for its beautiful melody which has the power to evoke strong feelings of nostalgia.

Harvest Gongs and Drums 丰收锣鼓 [video 1] [video 2]
Celine Chen - guzheng
This piece describes the joy and celebration of harvest.

Wu Xia 无暇 (Flawless) [video]
Sharleen Chen - vocal
Allan Zhang - piano
Eric Wang - violin
Kate Wiber - flute

This song describes two lovers who were forced to part thinking back on the perfection of their love for one another.

Yan Mo 淹没 (Drowning) [video]
Sharleen Chen - erhu solo
Allan Zhang - piano

Chinese Music Society Chamber Orchestra
This song from Lust, Caution depicts the tragically beautiful love between a man and a woman. The man sorrowfully ponders about their relationship after the woman leaves him.

Gada Meilin [video]
Chinese Music Society Chamber Orchestra
Originating from a famous Mongolian epic tale, the symphonic poem Gada Meilin is based on the story of a reluctant leader who guides his people to victory against a tyrannical government who wants to steal their land. At the turn of the 20th century, Mongolia was still very much locked in an agricultural, feudal way of life. When part of their land is sold to the invading Japanese, tribal chieftain Gada Meilin bravely organized the squabbling clans of the region to revolt against the Mongolian government. In the course of his struggles against the forces of greed and injustice, Meilin becomes a her and native legend to the Mongolian people. In this story of heroism, Gada Meilin is thrust into the pages of history.

Mei Gui San Yuan 玫瑰三愿 (The Three Wishes of the Rose) [video 1] [video 2]
Celine Chen - vocal
Chinese Music Society Chamber Orchestra

This piece describes the longing of a person for his or her youth upon seeking the beauty of a rose.

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