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Cheers!: Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra

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4 December 2011 (Sun) 8pm
Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre
$160, 140, 110

10 December 2011 (Sat) 8pm
Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
$160, 120

7 January 2012 (Sat) 8pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
$120, 100

 
Performers

Conductor

Xia Feiyun (4/12 only)
Zhao Xintai (10/12 only)
Ching Sau-wing

Erhu

Ching Sau-wing Wan Hei-man

Guzheng

Yu Hong Ng Hiu-hung

Dizi

Chan Chun-nin Cheng Chawen

Pipa

Lam Siu-king

Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra

 
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Programme

4/12 (Sun)

10/12 (Sat)

7/1 (Sat)

Orchestra

Spring Festival Overture

Spring Festival Overture

Li Huanzhi Arr. Li

Fubin

You Sent Me a Rose

You Sent Me a Rose

Xinjiang Folk Song

Yellow Earth Suite

Yellow Earth Suite

Arr. Huang Xiaofei

Tan Dun

Rousing Games in the Bridal

Rousing Games in the Bridal

Chamber

Chamber

The Stone Slab Waist Drum

The Stone Slab Waist Drum

Flying Apsaras

Flying Apsaras

Flying Apsaras

Xu Jingxin & Chen

Dawei

TV Themes Suite

TV Themes Suite

TV Themes Suite

Koo Kar-fai

The Happy Times

Guangdong Music Qiu

Hechou Arr. Peng

Xiuwen

Guest from Afar, Please

Mai Ding Arr. Zhou

stay

Chenglong

Rendezvous at Midnight

Rendezvous at Midnight

Kwan Sing-yau

A-Mei Dance

Taiwan Folk Song Arr.

Zhou Chenglong

The City Without Night

Peng Xiuwen

Colourful Clouds Chasing

Ren Guang Arr. Law

the Moon

Wai-lun

Strings Ensemble

Song of a Wayfarer

Lu Xiutang Arr. Qu

Chunquan

A Beautiful Night

A Beautiful Night

Liu Tianhua Arr. Gu

Guanren

Erhu Ensemble

There is a Golden Sun in

There is a Golden Sun in

Tibetan Folk Song Arr.

Beijing

Beijing

Jiang Cariru

Song of Harvest

Song of Harvest

Yang Huilin, Xu Jiangde

Dizi & Orchestra

Ballad of Lan Hua Hua

Guan Ming

Dizi: Chan Chun-nin

Erhu & Orchestra

The Newly Weds' Farewell of

Zhang Xiaofeng, Zhu

Each Other

Xiaogu

Erhu: Wan Hei-man

Honghu Capriccio

Arr. Min Huifen & Qu

Erhu: Ching Sau-wong

Chunquan

Guzheng & Orchestra

Eternal Regret at Lin an

Lin Jiliang, He

Guzheng: Yu Hong

Zhanhou

The Mulberry Song

Zhou Yanjia

Guzheng: Ng Hiu-hung

Little Stream

Yunnan Folk Song Arr.

Guzheng: Ng Hiu-hung

Zhang Dasen

Erhu Solo

Honghu Capriccio

Arr. Min Huifen

Erhu: Wan Hei-man

Birdsong in a Desolate

Liu Tianhua

Mountain

Erhu: Wan Hei-man

Dizi Solo

Spring on River Xiang

Ning Baosheng

Dizi: Cheng Chawen

Shepherd's New Song

Jian Guangyi & Wang

Dizi: Chan Chun-nin

Zhiwei

Pipa Solo

Moonlight on the Spring River

Ancient Tune Arr. Qin

Pipa: Lam Siu-king

Pengzhang & Lou

Zhongrong

Three pieces from Ying Zhou

Ancient Tune

Ancient Melodies

Pipa: Lam Siu-king

Love Song at the Torch

Wu Junsheng

Festival

Pipa: Lam Siu-kin

 
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Details of Performer

Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra

Established in 1994, the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra has made unremitting endeavours over the decade to promote Chinese culture, to enhance the development of Chinese music in the territory, and to foster extensive exchange activities between local and overseas music circles. At the invitation of BMG in 1995, the orchestra released three albums of Chinese music, among which the Erhu Showpieces by 3 Maestros recorded with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra has remained one of the best-selling albums in the Asian-Pacific region. In 1997, the orchestra staged “The Love for Our Motherland” concert in celebration of Hong Kong’s reunification with the Mainland. In 2000, a series of five concerts and 11 seminars were organized in the form of a chronicle under “A Retrospective Look at Chinese Music in the Twentieth Century”. Being the first of its kind in the realm of Chinese music, the programme attracted great interest in the music circles on the Mainland as well as overseas. The orchestra is recognized as a very promising Chinese orchestra.

Xia Feiyun

Conductor

Xia Feiyun was born in 1936 in Zhejiang. He entered the middle school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1953 with a violin that he made by himself to study violin as a specialism. Three years later, he entered the Conservatory proper to study Chinese Music Conducting under Yang Jiaren, Wei Zhongle et al. Upon graduation in 1961, he joined the faculty to teach while at the same time provided training for ensembles in Shanxi and Jiangsu. With his solid training in Western music and his knowledge of the various characteristics of the Chinese musical instruments, Xia has great insight into the ethos of Chinese music. He was the conductor for many ensembles and orchestras, including the Chinese Music Ensemble of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, the Chinese National Orchestra of China, the ensemble of the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe etc. He was also formerly the Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. He has been on overseas tour to perform and to give talks on several occasions.

Zhao Xintai

Conductor

Zhao Xintai graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he studied composition and conducting under Xia Feiyun and He Zhanhao. He has been the Principal Conductor of many professional orchestras, including the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Television Hunan, and is currently the Music Director and Resident Conductor of Shantou Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association and the China Conductors’ Society. Apart from conducting professional orchestras, Zhao is also dedicated to grooming and training amateur orchestral groups in China, including the Golden Phoenix Symphony Orchestra which is made up of students of middle schools at Shantau. The orchestra has received high acclaim in China music circles under Zhao’s leading. His work has won many prizes. Zhao and the Shantou Philharmonic has performed with the violinist Li Chuanyun, the pianist Sun Meiting, the Erhu artists Min Huifen and Ching Sau-wing and other world famous musicians.

Ching Sau-wing

Conductor/Erhu Solo

A renowned Erhu performer, Ching is currently an Honorary Director of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society and the Erhu Society under the Chinese Musicians’ Association, and Art Director of the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra. He graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he was trained in the Erhu under Min Huifen, Xiao Baiyong and Xu Jiangde, and in composition and conducting under He Zhanhao and Xia Feiyun. With his virtuosic techniques, emotional lyricism and impassioned delivery, Ching has won many prizes, including a Class One Award at the National Chinese Music Solo Competition. His successful concert with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra at the Beijing Concert Hall in 2005 won media and professional acclaim in China. A live recording of the concert was featured on CCTV. His latest solo album, Ching Sau-wing: Erhu and Orchestra – The Story of Torrents of the River was released in late 2006 and won critical acclaim. Ching has been actively devoted to promoting Chinese music in Hong Kong through training ensemble groups and serving as conductor in many concerts presented by the former Urban Council and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong.

Wan Hei-man

Erhu Solo

Wan Hei-man has been trained in the Erhu under Ching Sau-wing since he was six. He won several prized in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival including the winner of the Erhu (Advanced) in 2003 and Erhu (Senior) sections in 2006. In September 2005, he performed with Ching Sau-wing and the China National Symphony Orchestra in a concert held at the Beijing Concert Hall, and performed with Ching and another Erhu virtuoso Min Huifeb in December 2007 in Shanton. When Wan was studying form 6 in Diocesan Boys’ School, he was the chairman and the concertmaster of the School Chinese Orchestra. He is now the principal of the Erhu section of the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra.

Yu Hong

Guzheng Solo

Yu Hong graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Guzheng. She is a National Class One Performer, a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association and Music Director of the Tsuen Wan Yuen Yin Chinese Orchestra of Hong Kong. Yu began learning to play the Guzheng at the age of seven, and already won a Gold Award at the All China Junior Instrumental Music Competition a year later. At 15, she was a young cultural ambassador from China on tour to the United States, and performed solo at the White House for Nancy Reagan, wife of the former President Reagan. Yu was a winner of many prestigious awards including an Outstanding Award at the International Competition for Chinese Solo Instrumentalists, the Gold Award of the Instrumental Music Competition which was part of the Jiangsu Music and Dance Festival – twice in running, a Class One Award for Guzheng at the 3rd Chinese Instrumental Music Competition of Jiangsu, and another Gold Award at the ‘Jasmine Cup’ Chinese Instrumental Music of Jiangsu. She has been the artistic adviser to many Guzheng ensembles as well as a Guzheng instructor at the Department of Music of the Nanjing Normal University. She has given performing tours in the United States, Japan, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Taiwan. In recent years, Yu has been active in Hong Kong and on the Mainland. She has given recitals and concerts. Yu founded the Tsuen Wan Yuen Yin Chinese Orchestra in April 2002, which she often leads to appear in major variety shows.

Ng Hiu-hung

Guzheng Solo

Connie Ng is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She trained under Rao Ningxin, Hon See-wah, Gao Zicheng and Louis Chen. She has taught in many tertiary institutions and at the Music Office. She founded the Connie Ng Guzheng Music Centre and Ensemble and the Hong Kong Children’s Zheng Ensemble in 2001, of which she is also the Music Director. She was the Artist-in-Residence on RTHK Radio 4 in 2003. Ng has appeared with various performing arts groups at gala shows and has given Guzheng recitals to wide acclaim. She has also performed in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, the Mainland China, Portugal, Moscow, Singapore, Britain and Australia. Ng’s discography includes two solo Guzheng albums, The Butterfly Lovers (1996) and Meng Jiangnu (1998) under the BMG label, coming third on RTHK Radio 4’s classical records chart, making it one of the best sellers in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2001, ROI Productions Ltd issued another of her albums, Red Leaf, which combines Ng’s performance with computer MIDI effects. One of the pieces, Autumn Scenery, was made into a music video by Suzhou Broadcasting System, which has since won several Class One Awards at cultural shows and competitions on television.

Chan Chun-nin

Dizi Solo

Under father's influence and educates, Chen Chun-nin has started learning music since childhood and his Dizi performance received highly acclaim. He participated in the Chinese Orchestra enthusiastically when he was in secondary school. He has won many prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Chen then studied the Southern Dizi under Chan Hung-yin at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He also learned the Northern Dizi with several Dizi virtuoso in the Mainland China including Zhao Songting, Li Zhen and Yu Xunfa.

Cheng Chawen

Dizi Solo

Cheng Chawen received Dizi training from Lai Kam-biu and Lam Si-kwan when she was young, and benefited from the coaching of Chan Hung-yin. She won many prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. In 2004, upon the invitation of the ROI Productions Limited, she performed with the Chinese Female Musicians Ensemble in Japan. Cheng's playing demonstrates her comprehensive grasp of the performing practices. Apart from the Dizi, she also plays the western flute. She is the principal of the Dizi section of the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra. She is the guest Dizi player of the Chinese Orchestra of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and the Hong Kong Fire Services Department. Cheng is also currently working as a recital artist and a teacher, dedicating her efforts in promoting the art of the Dizi music.

Lam Siu-king

Pipa Solo

Born in Hong Kong, Lam Siu-king learned the Pipa under Chan Min-chong and Li Ping at the Music Office at the early stage. She was the winner of the Pipa sections (Intermediate, Senior and Advanced) in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Lam then studied under Pipa virtuoso Xuhong at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and obtained the honorary Bachelor degree of Music. She has performed in Europe, the United States and other Asian regions with the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Chinese Ensemble of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She was also invited to perform a recital by the former Urban Council. Lam was awarded a master degree majoring in Pipa, under the training of another Pipa virtuoso Wong Chi-ching.

 
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Programme Length

Running time of the concert is about 2 hours with an intermission of 20 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.
 
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 15 October 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 CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission#

Cheers! Series Discount#
10% off for each purchase of 2 different programmes;
15% off for each purchase of 3 different programmes;
20% off for each purchase of 4 or more different programmes.

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

(HKOS 2011 X’mas Concert: A Thankful Christmas offers special group booking discount)

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

# All discounts are not applicable to Puppetry Workshop for Fruit Story by Fantasy Puppet Theatre, Family Workshop by Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China and The Creation of Vegetable Musical Instruments Workshop by The Vegetable Orchestra (Austria)

Other programmes in the Cheers! Series:
Fruit Story by Fantasy Puppet Theatre, The Puppet Ballet – The Little Mermaid by Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu Puppet Troupe of China, An Evening of Ballet Music by Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, The Snowman & The Bear by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer by Weeping Spoon Productions (Australia), A Fantastic Journey @ X’mas by Jumbo Kids Theatre, HKOS 2011 X’mas Concert: A Thankful Christmas, Heroic Boys by Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China, Red Star Red Army Chorus (Russia), ONIONOISE by The Vegetable Orchestra (Austria) and The Little Snowman & Sunflower II by Make Friends With Puppet

Please refer to the booklet and individual programme leaflets for details

 
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Enquiries

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

 
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