KOTA KINABALU: Head of State Tun Haji Juhar Datuk Haji Mahiruddin has graciously accepted the invitation to be the guest of honour and officially declare open the “Dream of the Red Chamber” piano symphony concert at the Auditorium of the Sabah State Administrative Centre (PPNS) on July 18.
The concert is jointly organised by the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment.
It will showcase world-renowned Malaysian-born pianist Claudia Yang who is making her Sabah debut, accompanied by an 80-member Guangxi Symphony Orchestra from China led by Chinese conductor Tang Muhai.
Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Christina Liew and Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu, Liang Caide jointly extended the invitation to the Head of State during a courtesy call at the State Istana on Thursday.
Briefing the Head of State, Liew and Liang said the concert is being organised to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Malaysia.
Some 1,200 concert tickets will be offered to specific guests comprising cabinet ministers, assistant ministers, assemblymen, government officials, Chinese community leaders and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), among others.
Liew said the concert is based on the novel “Dream of the Red Chamber” (Hongloumeng) written by Cao Zhan in the 18th century. His work was published in English as “Dream of the Red Chamber” in 1929.
“Hongloumeng is considered to be the greatest of all Chinese novels. The story line is about a love triangle and the fall of a great, wealthy and influential family in Beijing,” she said.
The love triangle consists of the main character, Jia Baoyu, his beautiful cousin Lin Daiyu, and his future wife, another beautiful cousin named Xue Baochai.
According to Liang, the classic novel has been translated into 23 languages, including Bahasa Malaysia.
It is an episodic record of the lives of the members of the Jia Clan, made up of two branches, the Ningguo House and Rongguo House in the Qing capital, Beijing.
Among those who attended were Vice-Consul Ren Jie, Consul Zhong Jing and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, William Baya. Also present were Political Secretary Vivien Lee, Sabah Tourism Board (STB) Acting General Manager, Noredah Othman, Sri Pelancongan Sabah General Manager, Zachary Mobijohn and STB Senior Marketing Manager, Tay Shu Lan.-SabahNewsToday