My Life at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong 2011-2013

Extraordinary Music Night

This week’s music night was absolutely amazing. I even think it might be the best one we ever had; the quality of performances was simply stunning. The several acts that were brought to stage were all quite different, yet very professional, even though some students performed for the first time in their lives in front of other people. José for example, my co-year from Spain, hat never played the piano or even sung to anybody. In this music night, starting with a trembling voice but growing stronger with every word, he performed Katy Perry’s song “The One That Got Away”. We were all very surprised by this hidden talent and gave him a big applause:

We hosted a quite various range of performances that night. Once again, I played with Ensemble, and we performed Edvard Grieg’s piece “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from “Peer Gynt”. Practicing and playing this particular piece was a lot of fun, but also quite difficult and we put a lot of effort into it. Especially the end, where the ensemble has to play faster and faster yet stay organized was a real challenge. Eventually though, I think I can say we really mastered the performance. I love this piece, so I enjoyed playing it a lot. Have a look!

Other performances included the choir singing Michael Jackson’s “We Are The World”, a superb opera performance by two firstyears – which really blew our minds -, our one and only Irish Hannah Read on her bass, a duet consisting of  harp and flute, and, finally, the possibly most stunning performance of the evening: Gaelle, the girl from Haiti who’s story I blogged about earlier, and Stephanie, her roommate, performed “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” for their secondyear roomies. Their performance was absolutely brilliant, and especially Gaelle, who was singing, moved everybody deeply. At her first words I felt goosebumps, and when she stood up and was completely overtaken by passion, I and many others in the audience were driven to tears. In the end the effective majority of the audience was sobbing at the beauty of Gaelle’s singing. When her last words slowly disappeared from the room, we all burst into mighty applause. The whole room jumped to their feet, cheering, clapping and crying, and we were so thrilled by it, that whenever we stopped clapping, we immediately re-started after only few seconds of silence. Gaelle had simply blown us away. It was possibly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen live on a stage. Absolutely brilliant:

The whole evening was a full success, and those who had not come were probably driven insane with jealousy when everybody else told them how it had been. Music nights of the future will have a hard time beating this one in passion, emotion and quality.

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