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Chinese Music Lecture Series
(Conducted in Cantonese)

Speaker: HO Kang-ming


7 – 28 September 2011 (Every Wed, 4 lectures in total) 7:30pm
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum

$50 for each lecture

Pleasures Inspired by Music
With the changes brought about by time, ‘Chinese music’ as we know it today – especially the conventional types – has seen drastic changes, both in terms of performing practices and aesthetics.  There are many traditional Chinese music activities which have become the pleasurable pursuits of small social circles for Chinese speaking different dialects.  What used to be the most representative of the spirit of traditional Chinese culture, the music of the guqin, has been marginalized for a long time.

The special political environment and climate that prevailed in Hong Kong for over a hundred years have provided a breeding ground for various genres of Chinese traditional folk music, and enabled them to survive and thrive.  It is indeed a twist of fate that many of such genres could survive, and those who obtain pleasure from them are blessed by this chance association.

For this series of talks, the speaker has invited a number of his ‘old friends’ to join in this informal discussion of the changes experienced in Chinese music culture during the past three quarters of a century.  At the same time there will be some music- making to turn each session into light-hearted entertainment, to delight, and to inspire.

7 September

A Wanderers’ Autumn Grief

In the last century, many outstanding musicians, whether from the Mainland or having spent some time overseas, moved to Hong Kong to make their living here.  Today, most of them are no longer remembered despite their contribution to the splendour of Hong Kong’s music culture.  There were also many genres, which at one time were extremely popular, such as nanyin (southern tunes) of Guangdong, which is now gradually falling into oblivion.  A Wanderer’s Autumn Grief is one of the most representative tunes of this genre – hence the title of this session

14 September

The Winds of Change

Chinese music saw its revolutionary change in the 1940’-50’s, and many outstanding works emerged.  They have become classics of time, but few of this generation realize that they were the consolation of the spirit during the hard times for the older generations.  How many remain today that can bear witness to these tumultuous years and the changes of time?

21 September

The Halls of Superior Elegance

The oriental philosophy, aesthetics and values that are implicit in the music of the guqin are generally considered as the core concepts of Chinese musical culture.  But nowadays, when everything yields to ‘cost-effectiveness’ as the major premise, would it still be possible for such core concepts to be preserved?  Let us explore in this session.

28 September

Here is Pleasure in Music

With her vast spread of land and ethnic cultures, China is endowed with a rich variety of local musical traditions, each with its own characteristics and is interesting in its own ways.  There are many music activities around us, woven into the fabric of city life in our community for us to enjoy – so let us discover.

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Details of Speaker

Ho Kang-ming
Ho Kang-ming began learning the pipa at a young age.  He has a keen interest in the ancient repertoire, particularly in the more lyrical and expressive wenban.  He was a full-time musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra between 1976 and 1980, and gave solo recitals in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore.  His enthusiasm in Chinese instrumental music led to collaborations with many composers, and he premiered new pipa pieces by Law Wing-fai, Chan Wing-wah, Richard Tsang and Man-yee Lam of Hong Kong, and Hsu Po-Yun of Taiwan.  In 1998, Ho formed the “Wind and Silk” group with friends, with the aim of revitalizing the authentic timbre of ‘silk and bamboo’ (Chinese strings and pipe music).  In 2004, he was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii, where he performed as well as lectured.  In 2005, he was invited by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra to give demonstration performances of the thirteen-fret pipa with silk strings at two of its concerts, The Chinese Lute Down the Ages, and Pluckety Pluck - Chinese Plucked String Music.  In late 2005, he was part of a new theatre experience when he gave live accompaniment on the pipa to the City Contemporary Dance Company’s dance drama, The Conqueror.  It was followed by a pipa recital at the University of Hong Kong in the following year.

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Programme Length
Running time of each lecture is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 8 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;
15% off for 10-19 standard tickets;
20% off for 20 or more standard tickets

Each patron can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

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The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The presenter reserves the right to substitute speaker should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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