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The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra - A Concert of Chinese Orchestral Music of Hong Kong



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27 November 2011 (Sun) 4pm
Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre
$160, 140, 110

 
Performers

The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra
Conductor: Chen Ning-chi
Jinghu / Gaohu: Wong Lok-ting
Conductor: Alfred Wong
Conductor: Chan Chiu-yin
Conductor: Tse Kim-fei

 
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Programme

Orchestra

 

Ng Tai-kong:

Swaying Coconut Palms Dance Suite

Kuan Nai-chung:

Scenes of Yunnan

Lo Leung-fai:

Winter

Richard Tsang:

Dai-Lok-Tin

Alfred Wong:

Song of the Sea

 

 

Jinghu and Orchestra

 

Tong Leung-tak:
Orch. by Joshua Chan

Farewell My Concubine

 

 

Gaohu and Orchestra

 

Chen Ning-chi:

Music from the Southern

 
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Details of Performers

The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra

 

 

Founded in 1962, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra is a music organization under the Hong Kong YWCA and is one of the Chinese orchestras with the longest history in Hong Kong. The Orchestra has organized performances regularly to introduce Chinese folk music of different styles to the public and to provide training and performing opportunities to local young musicians.

Beginning from 1996, the Orchestra’s concerts are mainly organized by the Hong Kong government, and were well received by the general public and the music profession. Apart from organizing concerts, the Orchestra participates actively in social services and performs for voluntary groups, including schools, social centres and elderly centres.

In recent years, the Orchestra has collaborated with an array of music virtuosi including Xia Feiyun, Jing Jianshu, Wang Fujian, Qu Chunquan (conductors), Li Zhen, Ma Di (dizi), Qi Baoligao (matouqin), Yang Wei (pipa), Jiang Kemei (banhu/jinghu), Zhang Gaoxiang (yangqin), Guo Yazhi (suona/guanzi), He Tao (erhu), Yang Xue (gaohu/erhu) and Luo Jing (Zheng) as well as local music elites like Wai Sing-fat, Pang Yui-sing, Ho Man-chuen (conductors) and Lo Wai-leung (suona/guanzi), Purple Lee (singer), Chau Chin-tung (percussion), The Bear Children’s Choir (choir) and Loo Sze-wang (sheng).  In 2007, the Orchestra toured to Melbourne, Australia to perform a joint concert with Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra.  All the performances have received great acclaim from the audiences and the critics alike.

Chen Ning-chi

Conductor

 

Chen Ning-chi entered the middle school of music affiliated to the Zhongnan Institute of Music (now the Wuhan Conservatory of Music) in 1956, and entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1959.  Upon graduating in 1964, he worked in the Central Song and Dance Troupe (now the China National Song & Dance Ensemble), the National Ballet of China and the Central Philharmonic of China (now the China National Symphony Orchestra). Chen settled in Hong Kong in 1973.  Apart from music composition, he was actively involved in a variety of music activities. When the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra was still an amateur group, he was already one of its conductors.  He was instrumental in helping it turn professional in 1977, and was subsequently invited to be its Guest Conductor.  Chen relocated to Taiwan in 1989 where he became the Resident Conductor of the Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra.  While in Taiwan, he was invited to guest conduct the Taipei Chinese Orchestra and the National Chinese Orchestra of the Republic of China on many occasions.  He was presented with a Kaohsiung City Literary Award (Music) in 1991. 


He returned to Hong Kong in 1993 to be the Assistant Music Director of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. Subsequent posts with the HKCO included Resident Composer and Assistant Conductor (1997-99), Resident Conductor and Promotion Assistant (1999-2001), and Head of Research and Development (2001 -01).  In 2009, he was an arts critic and an examiner on the panel of grant assessment of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

 

His Reminiscence at Chi Bi, written for piano, won him ‘The Most Performed Work Award’ presented by the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH) in 1994. Between 2002 and 2003, he was twice invited to guest conduct the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. He was a guest speaker at the 2008 Symposium on the Development of Vocal Music in Hong Kong. In the Composers’ Festival of Hong Kong organised by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, a concert was dedicated to his works entitled ‘The Battle of Chibi – Chen Ning-chi’, in which his symphonic poem The Battle of Chibi was premiered. In March 2011, he was invited to guest conduct the Chinese Orchestra of the National University of Singapore at a concert featuring all his works.

Wong Lok-ting#

Jinghu/ Gaohu Solo

 

Wong Lok-ting was born in Hong Kong and started learning the erhu at the age of eight.  She was a multiple award-winner at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival when she was in secondary school, having won the first prize in the Banhu (Advanced), Erhu (Advanced), Gaohu (Advanced) classes as well as the First Hugo Prize for Chinese Instrumental Solo.  She gave two solo recitals in Hong Kong in 1994 and 1999.

Wong
graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Music in 2001.  She trained in erhu major and banhu minor under Tong Leung-tak, and guqin minor under Leung Lai-wan at the Academy.  During her studies, she also went to mainland China to receive coaching from Chen Yaoxing, Min Huifen, You Jishun, Li Heng and Shen Cheng.

 

In 2002, Wong won a Special Award in the Young Professional Section at the first Ethnic Musical Instruments Solo Competition in China.

 

Wong joined the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in 2006 and is currently Acting Assistant Gaohu Principal. She has been studying for a Master’s degree in gaohu under Yu Qiwei at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since 2010.

 

Her erhu can be heard on soundtrack recordings of many period costume dramas of TVB, some of the most popular series include Rosy Business, Beyond the Realm of Conscience, Can’t Buy Me Love, among many others.

# By kind permission of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Alfred Wong

Conductor

 

Wong has composed and arranged more than a hundred items, his music has been performed worldwide, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Taiwan and Macao. He has awarded CASH Scholarships twice, his music Echoes was shortlisted for the finals of the SCO International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition 2006, Flame was selected in International Society for Contemporary Music 2009. Songs from China was published by the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, while Mountain and Flowing River was recorded by Modern Audio Limited. His recent commission includes theatre music The Eight Immortals' Adventures, jointly presented by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Repertory theatre.

 

Wong is also an active conductor in Hong Kong, collaborating with groups of varied nature, such as Windpipe Ensemble, Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Children’s Choir and Tertiary Students' Ensemble. In 2009, Wong was invited to conduct in Sabah Chinese Music Festival, and he was invited to conduct Guangzhou Youth Palace Wind Orchestra and Taiwan Chin Yuan Chinese Orchestra in 2011.

 

Wong received his bachelor and master degree in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He studied composition with Chan Wing-wah, piano with Cheng Wai, percussion with Lung Heung-wing and conducting with Ho Man-chuen. He is currently teaching courses at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Associate Degree of the Hong Kong Institute of Education and School of Professional and Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong.

Chan Chiu-yin

Conductor

 

Chan Chiu-yin is a seasoned music administrator and has been engaged in instrumental music performance, teaching of music, training of orchestras and arts administration. He is currently the Artist and Executive Director of the Windpipe Chinese Ensemble, an honorary committee member of the China Dizi Society, an honorary executive committee member of the Guangdong Dizi Society, Vice President of the Hong Kong Chinese Instrumental Association, an executive member of the Hong Kong Bamboo Flute Society, Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, and Conductor of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Student’s Union Chinese Orchestra.

 

Chan graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, with a Bachelor of Education degree with honours and a Certificate of Music Teaching. He has also taken Arts Administration and Musicology courses at HKUSPAPCE, Hong Kong, and the Modern Distance Music Education College of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. He began learning wind instruments such as dizi, flute, houguan, suona etc. and Chinese music conducting while he was still in secondary school.

Chan began learning dizi under Wong Ka-wai when he was young, and furthered his training in mainland China under dizi virtuosi Li Zhen, Zeng Yongqing, Yu Xunfa, Jiang Guoji and Da Ya in a bid to improve his technical knowhow of the arts of dizi.

Tse Kim-fei

Conductor

 

Tse Kim-fei started learning erhu at the Music Office in 1987. He entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1994, majoring in erhu under erhu virtuoso Wang Guotong, and was awarded an Advanced Diploma in 1998.

 

During his studies at the Academy, Tse was Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Orchestra. He travelled to performances in Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom with the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Music Ensemble. He has performed at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Youth Music Festival, Government House concerts, Hong Kong Film Awards, the opening ceremony of Tsing Ma Bridge, and in CD records and TV commercials.

 
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Programme Length
Running time of each concert is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.  Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.
 
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets NOW available 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)

 
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Enquiries

Programme Enquiries : 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries & Reservations: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

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

 
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