Last year, Weiwuying's The Film: Live in Concert Christmas series was widely praised and received an enthusiastic response from theater audiences. For Christmas 2020, this film screening-live concert combination will feature two award winning animated films, The Bear and Peter and the Wolf.
The Bear, which will be presented during the first half of the program, was written by renowned British illustrator Raymond Briggs and composed by Howard Blake, and follows on the heels of their previous collaboration, The Snowman. The Bear tells the story of a friendship between a girl and a polar bear and the fantasy journey they embark on together. The second half of the program is dedicated to Prokoev's well known Peter and the Wolf. This stop-motion animated film is directed by British director Suzie Templeton, and differs from previous versions in that the moral is more profound and there is a surprise ending. Templeton's version of the story has won numerous awards including the 2008 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. (Written by Pokey LIN)
Creative and Production Team
Conductor| Stuart HANCOCK
Ensemble| Counterpoint Ensemble
Author| Raymond BRIGGS
Composer| Howard BLAKE
Peter & the Wolf
Author| Suzie TEMPLETON, Marianela MALDONADO
Composer| Sergey PROKOFIEV
Conductor | Stuart HANCOCK
Between 1999 and 2005, after graduating with distinction from the Masters course in composing for film and television at the London College of Music and Media, Stuart was full-time with London music production company Mcasso, where he composed and produced music for all commercial media. He is now forging a career as a busy freelance composer and orchestrator of film, television, commercial, theatre and concert music.
Stuart won industry awards for his music and sound design from early on in his career as a commercial composer, including his work on campaigns for the British Board of Film Classification, Burberry New York and the BBC's World Cup coverage. He has gone on to score many independent films, both shorts and features; a first big hit was EMR, which won the Raindance Film Festival and went on general release in the summer of 2005 following its Cannes premiere. Stuart's soundtracks to two MMA action feature films - Underground and Bodyguard: A New Beginning - were released on CD and to download in June 2009 to rapturous reviews. In 2010, Stuart scored the World Cup football documentary One Night In Turin, which went on general cinematic release, and the album of his choral/orchestral score to the fantasy film Hawk has garnered many accolades on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 1997, Kung-Ling LIANG, the Art Director and founder of Counterpoint Ensemble, gathered the impassioned, professional musicians and built up the Ensemble in Southern Taiwan. The Ensemble has not only performed in chamber music, but also created interdisciplinary program, in which the Ensemble works with visual artists, dancers, actors to express classical music in the diversified circumstances. In 2011, the Ensemble worked with a renowned French mime group and performed L’Amour. Bunya Koh and His Two Wives, the multidisciplinary program the Ensemble made in 2014, had been nominated by Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture. The commentator of National Culture and Arts Foundation once considered the performance of the Ensemble was “the perfect balance of music and theater.” Counterpoint Ensemble had performed in several concert halls in Taiwan, including Kaohsiung and Taipei, also acquired commendation from government for almost a decade. Furthermore, the Ensemble has received commendation from Taiwan Ministry of Culture for 5 years, being a recognition for the Ensemble’s effort and quality.