Ku­lang­su Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Ends With Or­gan Mu­se­um Con­cert Fea­tur­ing Harp, Snare Drum, and Aus­tralian Or­gan Ex­pert (鼓浪屿音乐会在风琴博物馆谢幕)

The 2017 Ku­lang­su Mu­sic Fes­ti­val end­ed a suc­cess­ful week with a com­plete­ly unique clos­ing con­cert in the Or­gan Mu­se­um, fea­tur­ing Chwen-Huei Tsai, Chair of the Tai­wan Or­gan So­ci­ety; Jer-Huei Chen, Per­cus­sion Prin­ci­pal of the Tai­wan Phil­har­mon­ic; or­gan­ist Hsiang-Yu Chen; and con­cert harpist and record­ing artist Hsin-Yi Chen.

Kulangsu Music Festival Ends With Organ Museum Concert Featuring Harp, Snare Drum, and Australian Organ Expert (鼓浪屿音乐会在风琴博物馆谢幕)

Seats were set up for the au­di­ence on three sides of the gi­ant pipe or­gan, which was per­son­al­ly hauled to Ku­lang­su from Eu­rope and re-as­sem­bled by Aus­tralian or­gan ex­pert Ian Wake­ley. Wake­ley, who comes to Ku­lang­su sev­er­al times per year to tune and main­tain the mu­se­um’s im­pos­ing col­lec­tion of or­gans, al­so per­formed in the con­cert as the op­er­a­tor of the pipe or­gan’s push-and-pull levers. Wake­ley has been work­ing ex­tra-hard dur­ing his vis­it this sum­mer to get the new branch of the or­gan mu­se­um ready for open­ing lat­er this fall.

Kulangsu Music Festival Ends With Organ Museum Concert Featuring Harp, Snare Drum, and Australian Organ Expert (鼓浪屿音乐会在风琴博物馆谢幕)

The evening be­gan with a com­plex con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ku­lang­su’s un­of­fi­cial theme song, “Gu­langyu Zhi Bo.” With Tsai’s hands and feet mov­ing keys and ped­als at light speed, Wake­ley was po­si­tioned be­hind her, scam­per­ing back and forth just as quick­ly, push­ing and pulling the levers with verve. Sev­er­al min­utes of com­plex arpeg­gios and jazz riffs lat­er, the main theme came in and the au­di­ence chuck­led in recog­ni­tion. In “The Voice of King,” Tsai and Chen played a piece for four hands with a more church­like feel.

Kulangsu Music Festival Ends With Organ Museum Concert Featuring Harp, Snare Drum, and Australian Organ Expert (鼓浪屿音乐会在风琴博物馆谢幕)

Next came pieces for or­gan and harp that ranged from beau­ti­ful to whim­si­cal (Mex­i­can Hat Dance). The ten­sion built with a con­tem­po­rary piece by Yam­ing Hsu called “Grad­ual Psalms” duet be­tween Tsai and Jer-Huei Chen, Per­cus­sion Prin­ci­pal of the Tai­wan Phil­har­mon­ic, who be­gan with a vir­tu­oso snare drum set wor­thy of a rock stage be­fore the pipe or­gan joined in.

Kulangsu Music Festival Ends With Organ Museum Concert Featuring Harp, Snare Drum, and Australian Organ Expert (鼓浪屿音乐会在风琴博物馆谢幕)

Next was Rhein­berg­er’s Pas­sacaglia, like Catholic pro­ces­sion mu­sic with a few bluesy mo­ments thrown in. This was fol­lowed by Widor’s Toc­ca­ta from Or­gan Sym­pho­ny #5, an im­pres­sive and wor­thy fi­nale that ex­er­cised the or­gan to its lim­its with big, rolling mi­nor and ma­jor chords and fan­ci­ful ca­den­zas. With this mem­o­rable fin­ish, along with a hearty round of ap­plause, the 2017 Ku­lang­su Mu­sic Fes­ti­val drew to a close.

2017年鼓浪屿音乐节在风琴博物馆,由蔡纯慧,台湾凤琴社主席;陈哲辉,台湾打击乐团团长;风琴家陈相瑜;乐团竖琴师和唱片艺术家陈欣意。音乐厅专门为观众,从欧洲运输到鼓浪屿,由澳大利雅风琴专家Ian Wakeley重新专配了三大排的座位。这最后一场音乐表演,为2017年的鼓浪屿音乐节画上了圆满的句点。