Esplanade Presents | Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 华艺节 2018


Songs of Liu Sanjie – A Musical Film in Concert

Singapore Chinese Orchestra (Singapore, China)
An Esplanade Co-Production
1hr 50mins (including a 20min intermission)
Esplanade Concert Hall
Performed in Mandarin with English and Chinese surtitles.
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Music Director: Tsung Yeh
Director: Goh Boon Teck
Composer: Law Wai Lun

Experience the allure and exuberance of iconic Chinese folk songs from the famous musical film Liu Sanjie in this special concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Even after half a century, several of the songs from the film are still remembered and recognised by many today.

Songs of Liu Sanjie – A Musical Film in Concert is led by Cultural Medallion recipient and Music Director Tsung Yeh and directed by Goh Boon Teck, with music adaptation by Cultural Medallion recipient Law Wai Lun. The evening features renowned Chinese soprano Wang Qing Shuang who portrays the main character Liu Sanjie, together with other vocalists from China and Singapore including Jonathan Charles Tay (as Ah Niu), William Lim (as Old Fisherman), Peng Siran (as Zhou Mei), Alvin Chiam (as Mo Huai Ren), Jeremy Koh, Raymond Lee and Alvin Tan (as Scholar) re-enacting classic songs and scenes from the film, with the 40-member Vocal Associates Festival Chorus.

A love story set amongst a conflict between rich and poor, the groundbreaking 1961 musical film popularised Chinese folk songs through the Chinese diaspora, relating the story of a legendary folk singer from the Zhuang minority people in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, set against the region’s scenic beauty.

Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Singapore Chinese Orchestra

About Liu Sanjie
Liu Sanjie is an iconic Chinese musical film that tells the story of Third Sister Liu, a legendary folk singer.

Released to much acclaim in 1961, the film is a touching love story that also depicts the conflict between the wealthy and the poor. But what made the film unique was its music. The songs in the film, known as "Songs of the Hills", were sung on hilly terrain and open spaces by farmers and shepherds as they work. Singers would often engage in singing duels where they would pit their wits against each other using riddles and word play.

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