Last Sunday, some 70 of us (with many guests) were treated to a wonderful evening of culture and music. Organised by the Senior Fellowship who also brought us “Elvis” last year, this time we were given a taste of more classical culture in the form of a flute recital by the renowned Ms. Keiko Nakagawa, currently the priniciple flautist for the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra.
The evening started with food and Loh Sang in keeping with the theme of it being a Chinese New Year celebration (although it was actually a few dates past the official CNY period). After a hearty meal and boisterous fellowship at the tables, the crowd was hushed as our cultural program begun.
Ms. Nakagawa had prepared four sets of music and was ably accompanied by one of her students on the piano. The evening began with 5 Chiese New Year songs including “Spring Returns to the Earth” and “Flowers that Welcome the Spring”. From the beginning, she had the crowd clapping along and singing along to the familiar tunes.
The second set included two beautiful Christian Hymns, “Be Thou My Vision” and “Away in the Manger”, followed by two classical pieces by Bach. The third set of Japanese Songs were also very well received. Both songs in the original Japanese are poignant songs. However, the latter was also made famous in the English speaking world in the form of an adapted cover, “Sukiyaki”. The final set bringing the evening of music to an end were “Salut d’amour” and “The Last Rose of Summer”.
The evening was one of good food, good fellowship and great music. If you weren’t there, too bad! Make sure you don’t miss out on the next Senior’s Fellowship event.