Songs of Liu Sanjie – A Musical Film in Concert


3 Mar 2018, 8:00 PM - 9:50 PM




Music Director: Tsung Yeh

Director: Goh Boon Teck

Composer: Law Wai Lun

Experience the allure and exuberance of iconic Chinese folk songs from the famous musical film Liu Sanjie in this special concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Even after half a century, several of the songs from the film are still remembered and recognised by many today.

Songs of Liu Sanjie – A Musical Film in Concert is led by Cultural Medallion recipient and Music Director Tsung Yeh and directed by Goh Boon Teck, with music adaptation by Cultural Medallion recipient and the orchestra’s former Composer-in-residence Law Wai Lun. The evening features established vocalists from China and Singapore as well as a 40-member Vocal Associates Festival Chorus, reenacting classic songs and scenes from the film.

A love story set amongst a conflict between rich and poor, the groundbreaking 1961 musical film popularised Chinese folk songs through the Chinese diaspora, relating the story of a legendary folk singer from the Zhuang minority people in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, set against the region’s scenic beauty.

Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Singapore Chinese Orchestra

About Liu Sanjie

Liu Sanjie is an iconic Chinese musical film that tells the story of Third Sister Liu, a legendary folk singer.

Released to much acclaim in 1961, the film is a touching love story that also depicts the conflict between the wealthy and the poor. But what made the film unique was its music. The songs in the film, known as "Songs of the Hills", were sung on hilly terrain and open spaces by farmers and shepherds as they work. Singers would often engage in singing duels where they would pit their wits against each other using riddles and word play.

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Esplanade Concert Hall
1 Esplanade Drive
Singapore 038981