Weiwuying invites Musicians to join the Music Playing of Musical Offering
Many performances have been affected during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a “center for the arts, arts for the people,” National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) aims to keep performances going. General and Artistic Director CHIEN Wen-pin is initiating the “Music Playing of Musical Offering” project, which centers around Musical Offering (BWV1079) by Johann Sebastian BACH, hoping to inspire cohesion throughout the performing arts and positivity among the people. Starting at 7:30 p.m. (Taiwan time) on Friday, April 3, several musicians will be invited by CHIEN to post his/her own rendition of BACH’s Musical Offering.
As a platform for dialogue and interaction, Weiwuying’s “Music Playing of Musical Offering” allows performers to connect and accompany audiences through the internet in times when venues are unavailable for programs to be carried out as scheduled. CHIEN stated: “The management team and various performing arts companies are working hard to find ways to contribute to society. This is a time for the performing arts to cultivate their vitality, also a time for people to encourage one another. Weiwuying’s “Music Playing of Musical Offering” highlights music’s essential role to communicate and comfort, and spreads these qualities through online platforms. I have already invited a few musicians to participate and look forward to their exciting performances.”
The music of BACH is filled with grace and order; the musical form and structure of Musical Offering, a masterpiece which was composed during his later years, seems simple at first glance but is, in truth, extremely complex. Musical Offering extends an infinite series of canons from the original theme, a quality that coincides with the temperament of the digital age. Musicians who participate in the performance can either perform the original or arranged scores of Musical Offering or improvise and create new work based on the theme, with no restrictions on the performing method or number of the performers. Participants can upload their video to their social media page and invite other musicians to join in.
Through the digital technology, musicians are able to present their performance, even though not performing on stage; it too frees the audience from the limitation of space and time, giving us the opportunity to explore various forms of the performing arts. Log on to Weiwuying’s Facebook fan page for more information on the “Music Playing of Musical Offering” from 7:30 p.m. on April 3, Taiwan Time. Alternatively, visitors can search for “#musicalofferingweiwuying” or “#衛武營接力聯演音樂的奉獻” to see the exciting performances.
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