“My Song Book” focuses on art songs from various parts of the world. They include staples such as Chinese art songs, Italian art songs, German Lieder, the French Melodie and of course Malaysian folk tunes.
Each session will feature a soloist, which will present a piece of choice and shares with you the background and the story of the piece. Together with the accompanist they will demonstrate the intricacies of art songs as a team work between singer and accompanist.
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Soprano Wong Ming Li received her early vocal training from Low Kok Yau, Wong Wai Quan and Tan Kar Ghee. She later won the scholarship of the Chin Yong Young Singers’ Competition and continued her vocal studies at the Nanjing Normal University, in the studio of Assistant Professor Chen Jie.
While in China, she was frequently selected as lead singer for the prestigious university choir, which received gold prize for two consecutive years in the Jiangsu Zijin Choir Festival and in 2018, the top prize in the All-China University Students Performing Arts festival. In addition, Ming Li also presented a solo recital titled “Baroque Melodies From A Foreign Land” by invitation from Nanjing’s iconic Avant Garde Bookstore.
In Malaysia, Ming Li was the choral coach for Tsun Jin High School as well as The Waitankung and Neitankung Society’s choirs. She was also the resident conductor for SAB A-Cappella Band. In 2011, Ming Li was involved in the musical “Magic Mirror” at the Istana Budaya – a joint production between Malaysia and China.
Ming Li now teaches voice and choirs around the Klang Valley. Not resting on her laurels, she is undertaking further voice studies from renowned voice pedagogue Cha Seng Tiang.
Catch Ming Li in the upcoming The Singing Balcony - My Song Book on 11th November an Zhong Shan Building, where she will perform and share with you the story of “Mayila Variation” a Chinese art song inspired by the stories from the Chinese-Kazakh heritage of the Xin Jiang province.
I remember the first time I played my song/ at hi tones no lyrics no sing along/ but bodies moving/ shaking and grooving/ to a tune I created/ dam it I made it! / I thought to myself/ joy springing from
head to belt/ club bouncing/ from the sounds I'm announcing/ no boos or renouncing/ just reverb surrounding/ the beats these subs are pronouncing/ it was the happiest of times/ no longer feels that way I turned art into a crime/ a joyless endeavor/ I do for the pleasure/ from now till forever/ saying I'll get better/ when I'll stop never/ but forget to look back and see/ what it is and who I be?