Penn State’s Asian Classical Music Club held its annual showcase titled “Celebrate Late Spring” at 7 p.m. Sunday in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Heritage Hall.
Funded by Penn State Global, the club performed 10 songs for the showcase with a variety of instruments.
“We wanted to show everything we do,” said Zixin Chen (an accounting graduate). “We love using all kinds of instruments to make music, and I hope it sticks with people.”
The show began with a video of musicians playing a song, as club musicians set up the stage in traditional attire.
“A String that Lost Bone” was the first song of the evening, and it was performed as a solo. A small group from the club performed the fast-paced love song “A Rose for You.”
Each song had a video in between to provide more context and also give the performers more time to set up.
A slower song titled “Moonlight” followed, which included various piano solos. “A Town With an Ocean View” had guitar solos with an ocean sound in the background.
“Bipolar” was a song that involved many different instruments, including a synthesizer.
“The song is so different from anything I’ve ever heard,” said Boyke Feng (young in economics). “It was fantastic.”
“Blossoms on a Moonlit River in Spring” was a mandolin-piano duet that followed.
The club also performed the main theme from “Game of Thrones” and a song from the show called “Light of the Seven”. It included a large group of musicians.
“That was probably my favorite song of the whole show because I love [‘Game of Thrones’]said Wen Ren (junior engineer). “I’m so glad they played there.”
“Fantasia: Chang’an in Ancient China” was another great group number that featured many instruments. The song “Pleasures” followed, and it featured a variety of percussion instruments.
The last song titled “Sing for Chinese Opera” was performed by a small group of musicians in the style of Peking Opera. The band then bowed and thanked the audience for coming.
“It was a great show, and I’m so happy that a lot of people came to support us,” Chen said. “We all like to play music.”
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