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Butterfly Ladies Band at Dunstan Playhouse - Review

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by Stacey Canavan (subscribe)
I'm a 27 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
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[LINK=http://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/]The Adelaide Festival Centre[/LINK,] together with China Cultural Centre, presents Butterfly Ladies Band - Chinese New Year Concert 2017 on January 21st at 7:30pm at Dunstan Playhouse. Butterfly Ladies Band leads you on an epic journey through the sights and sounds of China.

Starring Sanhu Song, Yu Zhang, Yang Gao, Qianqian Xiao, Rong Zhou, Tao Xie, Shuyu Zhang, Jia Lan, Bin Wang, Yipan Mao, Lan Yang, Yan Liu, Luosi Che and Ting Li. The show features a 15-piece ensemble of Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra playing traditional Chinese music with a selection of instruments including the bamboo flute, strings and woodwinds.

This show is a beautiful representation of Chinese Culture through music. It's not just songs its experiences, each piece features a description about what the song is about while the audience watches a clip. You can then picture the clip in your mind as the music plays to create a unique experience.

The show features a number of traditional songs including 'Tea Picking Dance', 'Song of Joy', 'Departure at the Front', 'Joyful Night,', 'Dingdingdang', 'Melody of Waterside Village', 'Fishing Boats Home from Harvest', 'Ode to the South', 'The Fairy Garment Dance', 'Interplay of the Moon and Lanterns', 'Fighting Typhoon' , 'Blooming Flowers and the Full Moon' and 'The Stage Warming'.

Stand out songs included 'Melody of Waterside Village' - it was a beautiful piece of a town close to water where fisherman float over glassy waters thinking of home. 'Joyful Night' was festival music played on Chinese New Year and 'Song of Joy' represented children playing. 'Fighting Typhoon' was a powerful piece of a person fighting a large wave. The dramatic movement of loud to soft tones made you feel as though you were the one fighting for your life. This song was beautiful and received a large sound of applause that was well deserved.

The performance featured different combinations of instruments from instrument ensembles, bamboo and Silk music, Quintet of String Instruments, Gong and Drum duos, String and Woodwind instruments and plucked strings. Each song was composed by a different composer including Zhou Dafeng, Hu Dengtiao, Liu Weijia, Li Guogang, Zhu Liangkai, Zhu Yi, Wang Changyuan and Huang Yijun.

This performance was a great representation of Chinese New Year and the music and culture involved. Overall a beautiful performance that sadly only went for one night only. 5/5 Stars.
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Why? Chinese Orchestra
When: January 21st at 7:30pm
Where: Dunstan Playhouse - Adelaide Festival Centre
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