Writer: Avik Sakar
Editor: Janice Fan
“Cue 3, GO!” said Stage Manager, Zhou Yang, into his walkie talkie. Curtains parted and lights came on, revealing the CAC Resonance on stage, armed with hand-held mics and a determination to bring the stage to life. What followed was a magical night… with the myriad of melodies from the various choir and acappella groups of NUS reverberating in the UCC Theatre and an enthralled audience, Amplitude 2010 was a simply breathtaking experience. Too bad for the people who missed it! :P
For those of you who are new to the event “Amplitude”, let me tell you that this is THE event if you are a lover of acappella music or choir recitals. Amplitude is a lively, relaxing musical extravaganza with a mix of pop, classical, jazz and folk music performed by the choir and acappella groups of NUS to showcase their talent to the general audience.
This year’s Amplitude was organized by KE7 hall and the EMCC. The Amplitude committee was headed by our very own Yee Zhuangli, and the stage was managed by Gavin Cheah of KE’s Culture Committee. As for the repertoire… well, read on!
Amplitude started with CAC Resonance singing the three songs- ‘Fire’, ‘You Gotta Be’ and ‘I’m Feelin’ You’. Marveling at the near-perfection of the performance, we then saw KR Choir take over. They performed ‘The Beatles Medley’, ‘Somebody To Love’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believing’. They were followed by our very own KE7 Acappella which performed a Korean and a Japanese song namely, ‘Hug’ and ‘If’. They were followed by Sheares Hall choir performing ’O Magnum Mysterium’ and ‘Iddem-dem Mallida’, an Indonesian folk song. Temasek Hall Acappella was next in line, and they wowed the audience with ‘Only Hope’ and ‘A Whole New World’.
What never ceased to amaze me was the fact that each group set high standards for the next with their splendid performance, and yet the next group would live up to the audience’s expectations! In fact, in certain cases, it would set the bar even higher for the next group!
Excitement filled the air during the interval. People didn’t dare to leave their seats in case they missed out on another heart-thumping performance. Next up was the fabled NUS Choir. This time, presenting us with two very old and famous pieces , namely With ‘A Lily In Your Hand’ and ‘Credo’. The audience was mesmerized. With the tunes still ringing inside their heads and accentuated by their beating hearts, they were yet enthralled by ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ and ‘Words’ sung by the Eusoff Hall Acappella. Next came the Raffles Hall Choir with ‘May It Be’, ‘Slow Me Down’ and ‘Sing Me To Heaven’. Hardly had the applause died down when Sheares Hall Acappella entered the stage and gripped the hearts of people with their soulful songs ‘No One’ and ‘More Than Words’. They were followed by the Eusoff Hall choir presenting ‘Lovin’ You’ and ‘Sinten Nunggag Sepur’, a Malaysian folk song. They were succeeded by Kent Ridge Hall Acappella group which managed to intensify the excitement level in the air several folds by their two well chosen songs, namely, ‘The Moon Heart’ and ‘Isn’t She Lovely’.
Lastly, KE Choir ended the night with the bang that was needed to top it all off. The choir started off with Diu Diu Deng, a traditional Chinese folk song from Taiwan. The song depicted a village’s excitment of having a steam train in their quiet town, and the choir masterfully painted this image in the audience’s head through melodic waves of “Ku…chi…Ku chi…Ku….Chi…” . Next up was Soleram, a soulful Indonesian composition, which kept the audience at the edge of their seats with the numerous crescendos and sways in mood. The last song for the night was a energetic and joyfully melodious piece, Pasigin, a Phillipine folk song. This playful piece told a story of a lazy fishing village and how the fishermen rejoiced over their daily catch of fish, prawn and crab. The effect was such that the when the song was over, tunes could be heard lingering in the air as if pleading for this night to go on and on…
After our performance, the emcees called it a night, and soAmplitude 2010 ended. Sigh, all good things come to an end! But Amplitude 2010 certainly ended with a lasting impact on the spectators, some of whom were full of praise for the performers they came to support. As I left backstage and made my way towards the UCC Foyer to be congratulated by my friends, I felt a tinge of sadness that Amplitude was over just like that. All we can do is to wait patiently for the next year’s Amplitude. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces only accentuated the feeling that Amplitude is far from over; there is always next year, the year after, and the years to come.