Category Archives: Chamber Music

New Sites Announcement

Two “New Sites” had been built to replace this site (NTU Alumni Chamber Ensemble):

  1. “Whispering Pines” for activities on chamber orchestra and classical music blogs/posts.
  2. “Taiwan Missions” for activities on Gospel missions in Taiwan.

Laguna Beach Parks

Recently, I joined with some members to practice Chamber Music in Thursday morning.  On 1/23, we decided to relax and drove to Laguna Beach Parks to celebrate I-Ling’s birthday. We loaded the foods prepared the day before, the drinks, the picnic essentials, rice cooker and ice chest to I-Ling’s SUV and traveled to the beach via State Rd. S-133. It was a sunny day, with mild temperature and slight breeze.

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Our first stop was Heisler park. Shortly after arrival, we walked down through stairs to the beach. It has fine sand, and there were not many people around. The sounds of the sea-waves and the sea-gulls filled the air.


Walked back up to the shore and we met an artist painting. People walked by and chatted with him. Some of our members attend painting class and we all love arts.


We watched the birds flocked on top of the offshore-rocks, surrounding by seawater, couple hundred feet away from the shore. Occasionally, large birds flew by, gliding with wings extended wide open.


There were people surfing and boating, showing their skills. People walked with their dogs, some were in slow tempo and others were in quick steps. Moms pushed strollers with their babies wrapped in warm clothes. People sat on the park chairs quietly, enjoying the morning sun. A peaceful scene in the park and there was not much noises. We paused often to take photos in turn and enjoyed the scenery.

Crescent Bay Park

One hour passed, and I-Ling took us to Crescent Bay Park. I have visited Heisler Park many times, but it was my first time at the Crescent Bay Park. Amazingly, there were only a few people around including us. We unloaded the food and other picnic essentials, but could not find a table. And so, we placed the dishes, bottles, drinks, paper plates, napkins, and of course, the birthday cake on the concrete wall surfaces. We took some photos of the food, and then started eating our lunch under the sun and touched by the sea-breeze.

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After the lunch, we sang the birthday song to I-Ling and she cut the cake. During all this time, we were joking to each other and got to know each other more. We took lots of photos and enjoyed watching the scenery and the birds. Both I-Ling and Esther had to teach music in the afternoon. Therefore, we left the park in early afternoon and went back homes with refreshed spirits.

We decided to share our experience with our Chamber members and friends, hope to get more outdoor trips like this in the future.

REVIEW OF YEAR 2013 (NTU Alumni Chamber Ensemble)


In the first half of year 2013, some of our members were traveling and hence our Ensemble had no public performances. Meantime, we continued the weekly practice in members’ homes. The major piece was J.S. Bach’s “Orchestra Suite #2, flute and strings”.  The cello part was played by the bass clarinet with the scores transposed from C to B-flat. Continue reading REVIEW OF YEAR 2013 (NTU Alumni Chamber Ensemble)

Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor for Flute and Strings

NTU Alumni Chamber Ensemble (NTU Chamber) returns to the regular Sunday night gathering for practice. The Ensemble consists of one flute, one first violin, two second violins, one viola, one bass clarinet and one piano. As for the music, we selected Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor for flute and strings. The cello score was transposed for bass clarinet. We are welcoming musicians to join us, including those play viola, cello and woodwinds. Continue reading Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor for Flute and Strings

Violin Class for Disadvantaged Children

Here is a YouTube clip, entitled “How Music Saved Venezuela’s Children”

The remarkable accomplishment of a great humanist, José Antonio Abreu, who dedicated his life to set up the ‘Sistema’ in 1975, an extraordinary music and social project which has been running in Venezuela in an attempt to transform the lives of the nations poorest children. Continue reading Violin Class for Disadvantaged Children