Toronto Chinese Orchestra 多倫多中樂團

Healthy ingredients 健康成長要素

fresh-vegetables 在往前直奔的生活道路上,有時候也會有回想一下所經歴過的一切,藉此作為繼續前進的經驗借鑑。在與多倫多中樂團所渡過的時間裡,樂團總是給我驚喜。

健康成長要素之一,是內在的、是令人欣悅的。它是在樂團內有不少的家庭成員湧現,可以是姊妹、夫妻、母女及父女等。有的甚至是全家出席排練,總覺得有種温馨、團結的感覺。相信樂團能融滙一起的部分基礎就是建立在這種緊密的家庭関係之上。
健康成長要素之二,是外在的。它是另一種基礎顯現在與社會的聯繫上。每次音樂會我們都會與專業音樂家合作演出。因為樂團堅信專業音樂家們必定能夠帶給樂團積極的動力。今年樂團就幸運地邀請了中國第一代阮咸教授苗曉雲女士及巴烏、葫蘆絲及笛演奏家周金美博士参予是次音樂會。她們兩位所提供的演奏曲目就是今次音樂會主題意念的催化劑。

為了令樂團更有彈性及生命力,樂團鼓勵團員在其原有主樂器的堅實基礎上,更能夠演奏第二及第三種甚至更多的不同樂器,使樂團在某方面就像劇團那樣,每位團員都能夠扮演不同角色,獨當一面,從而能以不同角度去體現樂團的團隊合作性,使整個樂團更能融滙整合在一起。

另一方面,樂團亦明白小組室樂能培養訓練個人小組合作的重要性。於是自夲樂季開始,樂團開始舉辦小組室樂音樂會,這次音樂會裡的「新花鼓調」及「快樂的女戰士」便是該次小組室樂音樂會的優秀作品。

詩意雲南和美麗台灣是樂團這次音樂會的兩條旋律線,它們既相互交織又相互輝映,描繪出中華大地兩端寶地的嫵媚。在欣賞優雅樸素音樂會海報的同時,請大家留意一下出自同一設計師手筆的嶄新的樂團團徽,到樂團網址細閱它的含意,希望大家更能進一步欣賞設計師的創作意念。這位多才多藝的設計師原來就是在我們樂團之中,實在令人興奮。

樂團健康成長所需要的不僅就是這些成長的要素,閣下的支持,作為整個音樂創造循環的一環,是何等的不可或缺和重要。

There are many healthy ingredients to be discovered from the TCO each year. This year, I discovered two and added the third. First is the ”family tie” ingredient of this orchestra, the second is the “community tie”. The last important ingredient is “versatility.”

The family tie ingredient is that we can see sisters, couples, fathers, mothers, daughters, etc., rehearsing and performing in our orchestra. There is even an entire family. It is very encouraging and exciting to me. This phenomenon really shows that this orchestra is formed with very strong family ties. As a result, the orchestra is also knitted together strongly. It is a healthy ingredient.

Another ingredient is the community tie. We are very fortunate to have prestigious artists joining us in each concert. We believe that every professional artist can have a positive impact on us. This is definitely an important resource that enables us to grow. Ms. Xiaoyun Miao, Dr. Kim Chow-Morris, and Ms. Wendy Zhao are our valuable resources not only this evening, but also future concerts.

I added the last ingredient. I encouraged every member in the orchestra to be versatile, just like actors in a theatrical troupe are able to play a wide variety of roles. This may not be easy for everyone but it is possible. As a matter of fact, we now have some multitalented members who can play more than one instrument very well. I believe this is necessary so that the orchestra can be more flexible and able to adapt to the different needs of the repertoire.

As the orchestra is in the process of growing to maturity, we must not forget the following sequence.

Team work
Challenge
Ovation