A Special Night with ‘The Grazia Deledda Chorus’
Our B39 event ‘Grazia Deledda Tenors in Hong Kong’, that took place on Wednesday 4th of February 2015 at the Sheung Wan Civic Theatre, has been an amazing success and it registered a full house. The attendance of local Chinese audience, people from Italy and from other countries was impressive. This is a sign of the wide cultural interests shown by both Hongkongers and expatriates, and it encourages us to introduce more and more interesting initiatives.
The show started with a beautiful dance performed by Rita Ladu and Giuseppe Rendini, dressed in the typical Sardinian costume. The dancers walked graciously forward holding hands, moving their feet according to a particular rhythm.
The four young Tenors, Gianmario Cucca, Nino Chessa, Gabriele Mereu and Enrico Poddie came to the stage after the opening dance. They started their ‘a Tenore‘ singing, whereas one of the four men acted as a lead singer, and the other three followed the tune with different guttural or vocal sounds. The effect was quite mesmerizing and at times almost hypnotizing. It was good to be able to read the English transcript of the songs on the screen, because the words talked about pure and everlasting feelings: love, devotion, faith in God or in the beloved woman, a tribute to Grazia Deledda… In a way, these songs expressed the heart and souls of Barbagia, the remote and secluded area of Sardinia, nested among mountains, where this unique singing tradition comes from.
A short presentation of Sardinian history and culture, in between the two parts of the show, could give the audience an idea of the rich cultural heritage of the island.
The singing continued and a final dance involved the audience: sound and dance blended in a cheerful finale that left everyone only curious for more.
To complete the night in the best way, a good number of people followed us for dinner. Here we could get the chance to have a chat with these promising young performers and to listen to the Tenors once more.
Beyond Thirty-nine is very proud of the success of this event, which aimed at creating an important cultural bridge between Hong Kong and our country, Italy. B39 will continue to work in this direction, exploring new possibilities and introducing less well known but fascinating aspects of the multifaceted, traditional and distinctive culture of our land.
My personal ‘thank you’ to our friend Ciriaco Offeddu, for working hard on this project, making it possible, and for being able to share so well, with all of us, his passion for Sardinia. Thank you to the Italian Cultural Institute in HK, for sponsoring the event. Special acknowledgements to the amazing singers and dancers for their performance, to all the supporting staff and friends from Italy and Hong Kong, to the very numerous audience and to all our faithful followers.