CUCOS 2013-14 is recruiting! First rehearsal schedule is out!

CUCOS is an experienced orchestra that holds concerts, recitals and performances on Cambridge’s major stages. We aim to promote Chinese music, performed using both traditional Chinese instruments as well as standard Western orchestral instruments.We are the only music group that features instruments of contrasting origins on the same stage and even in the same composition –it will be a truly unique and amazing experience with us, no matter what instruments you play!

Last year, we successfully presented a charity recital, three other recitals in coordination with other music groups, wonderful performances on CNY GALA, CNY BALL as well as Robinson May Ball, and a groundbreaking annual concert. This year, more exciting events will come up on stage- there will be plenty performing opportunities with us, from solos to full orchestra performances. Musicians of all skills levels are welcomed and there will be NO auditions.

Our first Rehearsal will be held in:

 

1. The Old Labs, Newnham College from 13:30 to 16:30 on Sunday 20th October for Chinese instrument players; 

2. Music Room, Robinson College from 16:00 to 19:00 on Sunday 20th October forWestern instrument players.

We look forward to meeting you in our first rehearsals and please bring along your instruments if you have.

For any questions or more information, please don’t hesitate to e-mail Cassie Yang (zy239@cam.ac.uk), music director of CID, or Zhuocong Xiao (zx223@cam.ac.uk), music director of WID. Hope to see you soon!

 

Intercultural Expressions Concert

CUCOS Chinese Instrument division will be participating in this year’s Intercultural Expressions Concert presented by the Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College.

6 pm 23rd April (Tuesday)
Recital Room
Churchill College, Cambridge

Concert tickets: £5 / £3, available at the door

CUCOS will be performing in Act III

Czardas by Vittorio Monti
Kok Foong Lee (Erhu – fiddle)
Kok Foong Lee plays an erhu adaptation of Vittorio Monti’s Hungarian dance for violin. The conductor of CUCOS, Kok Foong was a prize winner in the Malaysian National Chinese Orchestra Solo Competition in 2009. He is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Queens’ College.

Ming Mountain by Wang Zhongshan
Aylwin Low (Guzheng – zither)
Alwyn, a chemical engineering student at Fitzwilliam College, was one of the top three winners in the Guzheng Solo National Chinese Music Competition organized by the Singapore National Arts Council.

Beautiful Africa by Yu Qingzhu
Chi-Chen Wang (Yangqin – dulcimer)
Chi-Chen Wang is a MA Music Therapy student at Anglia Ruskin University. A skillful yangqin player, Chi-Chen was a special education teacher at a primary school in Taiwan. ‘Beautiful Africa’ portrays the vast wilderness of the savannah and warmth of the African people.
Chrysanthemum Terrace by Jay Chou
CUCOS Ensemble
The CUCOS ENSEMBLE plays the work of Jay Chou, a talented Taiwanese composer who successfully integrates Western musical elements with Chinese literature and musical traditions in his compositions. The piece portrays the chrysanthemum as a metaphor for love.

For more information, contact
Moira Cox
Churchill Music Society
(mlc62@cam.ac.uk)
Valerie Ross
(vr270@cam.ac.uk)
www.cimacc.org

For descriptions and playlist, see attached pdf programme.

CIMACC Concert Programme 23 April Churchill College

2013 Concert Success! -Chapters of Life. 浮生若戏

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Congratulations to all our musicians, committee members, volunteers, and supporters for for their work in making the 2013 Concert: Chapters of Life a huge success!

“CUCOS has come so far, in music quality, visual presentation, audience numbers and publicity, and so on – the concert was professional and absorbing!”
-John Chen, CUCOS President 2011-2012

Photos of the performance have been uploaded here.

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Charity Concert: Michaelmas 2012

Presenting Cambridge University Chinese Orchestra’s first concert of this year: Michaelmas 2012 Charity Concert

8-10 PM, 25th November
Auditorium, Queen’s Building
Emmanuel College

Tickets: £2 with reservation; £3 at door

To reserve: send your name, numbers of tickets needed and phone number(optional) to zy239@cam.ac.uk or 07801559488. Pay and collect at the door, no advanced payment needed. Advanced booking strongly recommended.

Rehearsals

Please be reminded that our first rehearsal of the academic year will be 16:30 – 18:30 tomorrow(Sunday 14/10/2012), at the Music Room of Robinson College.

Our plan tomorrow is to get to know each other and play an abstract of the Butterfly Lovers. The music would be nice but easy.

For violinists: as the piece is a violin concerto, the solo part is extremely important. But it is also a golden opportunity to show your talent and improve your skills. Honestly, it doesn’t happen often that a whole orchestra accompanies you. If any of you is interested in being the soloist, do let me know at dz257@cam.ac.uk, or at the rehearsal.

Here is a Google map showing the location of the college shown below. The college is built with red bricks, opposite the University Library.


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I have also included a map of Robinson College in the attachment. The music room has the Label 22, at the top right corner of the map.

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As usual, you can always contact Dan(07927292306) or Xiaoyang(07547211920) if there are any questions.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow!

Squash!

To freshers and members alike, CUCOS invites you to this year’s squash! Come meet and greet the members of our society, and find out more about future events. All are welcome!

Place: Newnham College, Sidgwick Hall,

Time: 2pm – 5pm, Sunday 7th October


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P.S. We have food

Ready to start anew!

The Cambridge University Chinese Orchestra Society (CUCOS) is delighted to welcome all new joiners for another exciting year! We are passionate about Chinese music and perform Chinese music in great venues with all Chinese/western instruments. We have two orchestras- CID (Chinese Instrument Division), and WID (Western Instrument Division). We look for ALL instrument players from any background that shares a passion/interest for Chinese music! (No age/university/school restrictions!)


Upcoming Events 2012-2013:
West Road Annual Concert
8pm Sunday, 24th February, 2013
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Michaelhouse Café Music Festival Concert
Saturday, 11th May, 2013
St. Michaels Church, Trinity Street, Cambridge Please find us in the Cambridge University Fresher’s Fair on Tuesday 2nd – Wednesday 3rd October, 2012.

To join the orchestra mailing list contact:
Jingyi Liu (Deputy head of CID): jingyiliu690@gmail.com
Xiaoyang Lu (Deputy head of WID): xl326@cam.ac.uk

For Further information contact:
Danny Onsiong (Head of CID): dmo29@cam.ac.uk
Dan Zhao (Head of WID): dz257@cam.ac.uk