BRISBANE, Australia—When Gerardo Dirie, Composer and Head of Music Studies at Queensland Conservatorium, came to the Chinese Spectacular in Brisbane, he was most intrigued by the traditional music scores and the singing.
"I preferred the [traditional] instruments... because the sound was very attractive, but especially the composition and as such I think this was probably the finest in the section," he said of the musical backing for the Mongolian Dance [Mongolian Bowl Dance]," he said.
"Very well-written, we should congratulate the composer who wrote that section of the composition, beautiful music, beautiful the flute part... just gorgeous, really gracious costume especially in that dancing—and very uplifting chorography," he added.
His feelings were echoed by a friend who also watched the opening night of the Spectacular in Brisbane.
"I haven't been exposed to [Chinese music] at all really…I guess that's what I was expecting and so when it came along that is what made me the happiest," said Ian Maurer, Chairman, Brisbane Concert Choir at St Andrew's.
Mr Dirie also singled out the singers as being "very good".
"I enjoyed very much the singers also the classical singers as traditional western classical singers even when they were singing in Chinese…that was very good."
He commented that the meaning of the songs carried a clear message of "distancing" from the "Chinese government" and trying to "remind everyone that... the Chinese general feeling are still based on all that traditions of faith and the transcendental and peace, yea and expressing that in a very direct way."
Meanwhile, Mr Maurer believed that the show was "trying to bring humanity forward as the main point of the show, that's what I thought about it".
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