Written by Thomas Harper and NUS Wind Symphony
Last month, the NUS Wind Symphony wrote an article promoting their upcoming concert, InTempo 2017: Rise of the Transhuman, as part of the coming NUS Arts Festival: Brave New Worlds. A key highlight of this performance will be the debut of H.P. Human Progress, a newly commissioned piece by the burgeoning talent Daisuke Shimizu.
Transhumanism is a contentious topic, and the power and adaptability of the human race was a key driver for Daisuke as he is known for embracing the possibilities of what is to come. “I think the future has unlimited possibilities”, he says.
H.P. Human Progress is a piece that musically represents the dawn of a new era, followed by the evolution of human civilisation through scientific advances. The piece concludes with a spectacular choral finish as a metaphor for humankind’s continuous progression despite an unknown future.
H.P. Human Progress is a piece that embraces the future, and the NUS Wind Symphony and NUS Centre For the Arts (CFA) are extremely proud to support the future of wind music in Singapore by making the composition freely available to all wind bands in Singapore, following the NUS Arts Festival!
This gift to bands around Singapore is a gesture of thanks from the NUS Wind Symphony and CFA.
Now entering its 50th year, the group has received immense support from the Singapore community for half a century. The NUS Wind Symphony’s Golden Jubilee celebrations will continue throughout 2017.
“One of our goals at the NUS Centre For the Arts is to promote the appreciation and practice of the arts,” says the Director, Sharon Tan. “Following nearly five decades of success, the NUS Wind Symphony’s generosity to share their music has reached and inspired a wide audience.”
To be the first to hear H.P. Human Progress, along with a repertoire of diverse and inspiring music that follows the transhumanism theme, tickets to InTempo 2017: Rise of the Transhuman are now on sale at nusartsfestival.com.
Title: InTempo 2017: Rise of the Transhuman
Date: Sunday, 19 March 2017
Venue: University Cultural Centre Hall, National University of Singapore
Tickets: Public – $27, Full time students- $19, 10% discount for bulk purchases of 10 tickets
Tickets are now available at nusartsfestival.com
One last gift
As an extra gift to The Band Post readers, simply like this article on the Band Fusion Facebook page, and then like the NUS Arts Festival Facebook page for a chance to win two more tickets to InTempo 2017: Rise of the Transhuman.
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