This semester I participated in chamber music class, and was assigned to play the piano in a violin sonata. Previously, I had also collaborated with other musicians for chamber music including piano trio, quintets, and accompanying singers; however, this was the first time I played an instrumental sonata. It was quite a novel challenge but I enjoyed it very much as well.
As a part of the course, we had the opportunity to perform in a community concert. My partner and I scheduled ourselves for the Carle Concert on November 4th in Smith Recital Hall. The Carle Concert was a part of a special series of performances for hospital patients. Performances were live-streamed and recorded for them to enjoy the music virtually. Although it was a “requirement” for class, I still treasured the opportunity to share music with others. For me, every performance is a memorable experience. And because our audience was primarily local hospital patients, I played with even more sincerity, hoping to warm their hearts with the music.
This was the first time the violinist and I attended this community concert and we were both not sure about how the concert would proceed. We arrived at the venue according to the schedule and then started our rehearsal. Stepping on the stage and playing, I was very excited because it was the first time I performed in the historic Smith Recital Hall. The echoing sounds in the hall were quite beautiful and inspiring! Since the acoustics of the recital hall were different from those of normal rehearsal classrooms, during the rehearsals, my group and another group of friends who were also performing took turns helping listen to the sound balance and gave each other suggestions, so that we felt more confident and could express music more freely.
After rehearsing, a man who was in charge of live-streaming adjusted the camera framing and then clapped his hands in front of the camera (perhaps as an indication of starting the performance for the patients). Followed by his instructions, our performance officially began! My partner and I first introduced ourselves briefly, and then talked about the music we played. However, considering that the hospital patients might not know classical music well, we introduced the piece in a way that is closer to daily life and invited them to imagine the picture and story when listening. After that, we started to play the music. It’s worth mentioning that, although this was a live-streamed concert, when we were playing, there were performers for other program pieces sitting under the stage. They also listened attentively and gave enthusiastic applause after the end of our music. Their applause was the greatest encouragement to us and I believed that the patients in the hospital also enjoyed our music. This was truly an unforgettable and meaningful performance!
Chin-Hsuan Sharon Cheng (written in November)
Photo: Nora Majdoubeh (violin) and me (piano)
參與一場社區演出是修課要求之一，所以我和室內樂夥伴報名11月4日在Smith Recital Hall參與Carle醫院社區音樂會。這個音樂會是給醫院病患的線上音樂會，演出會被直播、錄影給他們遠距聆賞。雖然這算是修課要求之一，我仍非常珍惜上台和大家分享音樂的機會，且每次演出都是個特別、難忘的經驗，況且這次的觀眾是醫院中的病患，我更是抱著誠摯的心演奏樂曲，希望能藉由我的音樂溫暖療癒他們的心靈。
這是我們第一次參與這個醫院公益音樂會，對流程也都不了解。演出當天，我們依照表定時間到場開始彩排。第一次踏上古色古香的Smith Recital Hall的大音樂廳演奏，那裡漂亮的聲音回響令我激動且非常振奮人心！因為音樂廳的音響效果跟一般教室的不太一樣，彩排時很高興另一組表演的朋友也有在場，我們幫對方聆聽了音響的平衡，互相給予建議，讓我們可以更自信、自在地表現音樂。
Chin-Hsuan Sharon Cheng (2021年11月)