Gave it some serious thought and have made up my mind. Will be closing down some of my social network account before March. They have done more harm than good to me in recent years.
Why? - In recent years, I felt like I have been "fed" news, rather than actively reading news, and it has seriously affected my active reading and writing habits. Most of my students realize I do keep a personal writing notebook, and I used to keep a good reading habit as well - at least reading a chapter every 2-3 days. This has not been the case in the past 2-3 years and has seriously affected my "spiritual nourishment" (I cant find a better word lol). The recent privacy issue and silicon valley giants abusing their power also play some role in the decision, but not heavily.
WHICH MEANS, I will not be opening a MeWe account. I am more inclined to withdrawing from these social networks completely rather than just migrating. Below is a summary of my coming up changes -
Social Network apps:
Facebook- shutting down by 1st of March. (I will open another anonymous account for work page management purpose)
Instagram - wlwchung - removing all followers and followings, and remaining a private account(Until I find a way to backup all the photos, eventually will close)
Instagram - choirmaster.william - remaining open for students
Instagram - photonionology - remaining open for my photography interest, but open to migration. Any suggestions?
Twitter - wlwchung - remaining open until further notice (Friends overseas are welcome to follow this account for keeping in touch)
Whatsapp - aiming to completely abandon by March.
Line/WeChat - never used, will not use.
If you would still like to keep in touch with me, here are several ways -
Phone call - the good old fashioned way - why not? If you know me in person you should have my number anyway.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org (personal) / email@example.com (professional work) - I maintain a good habit of clearing my email every single day. I should read your email unless its been sent to trash
RSS Feed - http://www.williamchung.hk/gibberish - yes! I have a personal website with a blog application! Will probably resume some writing.
Signal - I have a signal account with my Hong Kong mobile phone number. You are welcome to contact me through signal as well.
That's it my friends. Looking forward to completely saying good bye to this platform, a fresh new start.
P.S. Gibberish are really rubbish lol.... don't expect to see any intellectually stimulating idea from the blog.
(original post on Facebook)
演出者：莫斯科國立交響樂團及Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (小提琴)
地點：密歇根州立大學 Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall
柴可夫斯基 － 羅密歐與茱麗葉
布魯赫 － 第一小提琴協奏曲
協奏曲向來都不是我喜愛的曲式，自己亦不能作出任何解釋為何有這種感覺。本晚的小提琴獨奏Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg 風格非常豪邁，技術水平極高，樂曲中經常出現獨奏雙音／三音中帶有旋律的寫作手法，Nadja 的演出把旋律精準的帶出同時沒有放棄和弦中其他音符的準確性，仍然保持住帶點狂野的演出台風，實非常吸引。奈何，整體獨奏及樂團演出依然如首曲帶點朦朧弱小的感覺，令自己更覺得可能是音樂廳聲效有問題，加上自己有點疲累，最後竟然在第二樂章中後段小睡了片刻，醒來後朦朦朧朧中聽完第三樂章衝出小食部買了條朱古力補充糖份提神。
柴可夫斯基 － 第四交響曲
第四樂章作為終章，充滿了爆炸力。指揮彷彿為了加強這感覺，又或為了炫技，採用了極快的樂速。俄籍小提琴博士生朋友的評論為「ridiculously fast」，但樂團在快的同時卻依然保持著整晚一貫的工整，感覺就如坐在一輛超跑當中，速度快得彷如要解體一般，但依然加速下去衝過終點，結果我在終章一刻彈離座椅報以熱烈的掌聲，全場觀眾亦同一刻起立為樂團下半場精彩的演出而喝彩！Standing Ovation 在美國向來不是什麼特別的事，但我今晚感覺到的卻是立刻、不帶猶疑的起立鼓掌，應該是人生第一次。
Finally watched Once the movie, two weeks after watching the musical at Wharton centre on MSU Campus, and like all other original VS arrangements, the original almost always win, i.e. I like the movie so much more.
The pace in the movie is much more natural, no more musical silly scenes in an attempt of creating a humorous environment, and the ending is not as abrupt. It's the same ending (and story line) in both the musical and the film, but the way that the movie approached it just feel more humane to me, on the sad side.
<Once> is actually quite a realistic romance film. Not one single kiss (one gentleman kiss doesn't count), no "hanky panky" scene. Just one "noor ho tebbe", which I have to look it up for translation on the internet after the film to confirm the answer, makes me feel as stupid as Glen Hansard. Brutal, but brilliant.
On the side note, this is the way to show life's reality, instead of Richard Linklater's attempt in creating a "reality" in <Boyhood>. For me he just failed miserably, and I have not idea why did I even bother to watch the film. Using the same cast for 11 years is a brilliant idea, I do admit that, but so is <Harry Potter>! I'd rather watch the entire <Harry Potter> again than <Boyhood>, IT'S JUST BORING!
Hong Kong Festival Orchestra Presents
Chankai Vision 全力支持
In collaboration with Chankai Vision
The Young Person’s Guide to HKFO
香港節慶管弦樂團一直以創意、激情、活力推動本土文化藝術發展，在城市的角落埋藏驚喜，與大眾一同分享音樂的喜悦。為慶祝樂團成立 5 周年，節樂 2014 樂季為廣大樂迷錄製全球首個大型合唱交響樂串燒歌音樂影片 -《勁歌交響曲》。由委約作曲家編曲，由得獎導演陳楷主理，走遍香港意想不到的地點演奏拍攝，配合節樂的嶄新演繹，《勁歌交響曲》集合古典音樂 400 年來膾炙人口的經典名曲，帶領樂迷重溫一首又一首難以忘懷的醉人美樂。負笈英倫的鋼琴神童沈靖韜亦強勢回港加入鋼琴曲目的錄製過程。
In celebration of Hong Kong Festival Orchestra’s (HKFO’s) 5th anniversary, HKFO presents the world’s first large-scale choral-orchestral music video - “The Young Person’s Guide to HKFO”, putting on record classical music performed at impossible places. Directed by the award-winning director Chankai, “The Young Person’s Guide to HKFO” is a commissioned work in remembrance of the past 400 years of Western Classical Music, taking you on this voyage through time and set sail across your favourite tunes. The music video features Hong Kong’s prodigious pianist Aristo Sham as soloist for the piano excerpts in the masterpiece.
I am very honored to have been accepted to two festivals this year, Rolf Beck and Helmuth Rilling's masterclass in Hong Kong SingFest 2014 and Dr. Jan Harrington's Masterclass in Princeton Festival 2014. Unfortunately, I have to turn down the Princeton Festival one due to family issues.
I will be conducting a concert while coming back to Hong Kong during the summer as well, which is on 26th August, conducting Hong Kong Festival Orchestra and Voices performing Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Have your calendar marked! ;-)
Attended a fabulous performance of La Boheme produced by the MSU Opera today. Congratulations to all MSU Opera casts and production team for their fantastic work! Was so moved especially by the end of Act I and Act 4. Wonder how would Puccini set that missing Act 3/4? The story would probably make more sense with that act.
I was never an opera fan actually. This is my seventh opera, and it seems to me there is something really special about the MSU opera. As a college production, I felt more vitality from the casts. Although there may be some technical errors, such as today's subtitle screen is not functioning normally and occasionally obstructed the set itself, but the energy of the casts makes the opera so young, and attractive. Probably there is something we could learn from the MSU Opera production and revive this classic art of music and theatre?
Thinking of opera production I have watched in the theatre:
Aida (Opera Hong Kong)
Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci: Double Opera (Musica Viva (HK))
The Heart of Coral (Hong Kong Arts Festival 2013)
Magic Flute (MSU Opera)
Falstaff (Produced by MET)
La Boheme (MSU Opera)
After attending the pre-Carnegie concert, 10th anniversary performance of John Corigliano's "Circus Maximus", presented by MSU Wind Symphony, I decided to google the reviews of the premiere of this piece, because I am simply speechless, overwhelmed, excited, deafened, knocked down.... and the list goes on and on.
"It was a symphonic portrait of a world of extremes, of fragments competing for primacy, of a barrage of eclectic elements assaulting the senses."
"...Corigliano has deftly instantiated an era of spectacle, noise, violence, and disorder."
"...Circus Maximus employs the sonic and theatrical language of American popular mythology..."
" Circus Maximus is, without question, the most important piece of music to hit the repertoire during my conscious lifetime." <---This is exactly how I feel right now.
MSU Wind Symphony, GREAT JOB! Have a blast at NYC Carnegie Hall, blast it off while celebrating the piece's 10th anniversary LoL
I have never been so overwhelmed by one single concert (especially when I don't much like the first half), John Corigliano's name now engraved in my memory.
Here is a recording of MSU Wind Symphony performing the piece 4 years ago during John Corigliano's residency at MSU:
Dr. Hightower was at Michigan State University these two days for the MSU Choir Invitational Festival and workshops with us. Worked on Mozart's Requiem - "Hostias" with State Singers. It was definitely an interesting experience to be in a masterclass for the first time, working with someone you have just met. I think I have a bigger picture of what the choral conducting field (especially in the academic field) is like.
I have to say the State Singers are improving recently, and they sounded amazing in the concert we just had on Sunday! They sounded amazing on Pamintuan's Dulcis Maria and Hark I hear the Harps eternal (conducted by me and Meredith...lol). Recordings will be on youtube tonight hopefully.
composer: Arvo Part
One of the most serene piano piece on earth. Whenever I am feel uncertain, need a peace of mind, unsettled, this will be my piece. Listen to the sound of your heart.