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Concert by Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra



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2 June 2012 (Sat) 8pm
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
Tickets: $160, 140, 110

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Performer
Guest Conductor: Xia Feiyun
Saxophone: Kevin Ling
Piano: Avan Yu
Conductor: Li Chun-sang, Leung Yan-chiu, Hung Chun-ming
 
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Programme

 Orchestra

Concert Overture - Wild Dance of the

Tang Jianping

 

Golden Snakes

Arr. Zhang Dasen

 Orchestra

Like the Heavens’ Ways of Self-rejuvenation

Zhou Chenglong

 Percussion & Orchestra

Flying Dragons and Leaping Tigers

Li Minxiong

 Saxophone & Orchestra

Chinese Rhapsody No. 3

Huang Anlun

 Orchestra

The Chinese Dragon

Gu Guanren

 Piano & Orchestra

The Spring River Flows

Xu Jingxin

 
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Details of Performers

Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra

 

Founded in 1962, Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra is a long-established and active amateur Chinese orchestral group in Hong Kong. It first came to attention when it won many prizes in Chinese ensemble in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and by 1972, it was frequently invited to perform at concerts organized by the former Urban Council and former Regional Council, and to participate in Chinese music activities organized by the Music Office. In November 1989, it gave a mass performance at a Cantonese music concert in the inauguration programme of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and marked its place as the first amateur Chinese orchestra to perform there. Since 1981, the Orchestra has initiated collaboration between Hong Kong amateur groups and artists from the Mainland by inviting famous performers from China to perform in Hong Kong. In 2003, it gave two concerts in celebration of the Orchestra’s 40th anniversary featuring virtuosi from all over the world, and was widely acclaimed.

Xia Feiyun

Guest 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.

Kevin Ling

Saxophone

 

Kevin Ling started his first saxophone lesson with Lee Chi-wing. He took saxophone lessons while studying electronics and communication engineering in the University of Warwick. Upon graduation, Ling was awarded a scholarship to further his study for Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Performance in Trinity College of Music and he was awarded the Fellowship status (FTCL) of the Trinity Guildhall. After graduation Ling joined the Music Office as Assistant Music Officer (Wind), serving as saxophone instructor and manager/conductor of the New Territories Youth Symphonic Band.

 

Ling is an experienced performer and has performed in many countries around the world. As a soloist he has performed with many music groups in Hong Kong and the National Saxophone Choir of the United Kingdom. Apart from being a tutor and performer, Ling was invited by Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macao to be one of the adjudicators in the 26th and 28th Macao Youth Musicians Competition in 2008 and 2010 respectively.

Avan Yu

Piano

 

Avan Yu’s music teachers included Shen Jiqiu, who was formerly teaching at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the famous piano duo Ralph Markham and Kenneth Broadway, and Klaus Hellwig at Berlin University of the Arts.

 

A winner of many international awards, Yu caught the attention of the music world when he came first in the Canadian Chopin Competition at the age of 17 – the youngest among the contestants – in 2004. He was the only pianist to have won the First Prize in the Junior and then the Senior divisions of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition. It made him the first ever Gold Award winner with this double honour in the Competition’s history of 20 years. He was awarded the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize at the 16th Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition in 2008.

 

In 2011, Yu was twice invited to perform for the President of the Bundestag in Germany and the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was highly commended for his excellent performance. Yu’s piano musicianship is widely recognised, with his music having been broadcast on many radio and television networks of the world, including Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, China Central Television and Radio, Radiotelevisión Española und Radio Nacional de España and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (North German Broadcasting).

Li Chun-sang

Conductor

 

Li Chun-sang started learning the piano and music theory at a young age under Ho Wai-kum, and since then had the opportunity to be exposed to music of various periods. He later learned pipa and erhu under Ho Yuk-kwong, Chan Kit-man and Ho Ka-chuen, and furthered his training in erhu under Tong Leung-tak.

 

Li joined the Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra in 1968 as a regular member. Through it, he was able to come into contact with the recordings and music scores of mainland China. In 1972 and 1975, Li performed Piano Concerto for Youth and wrote an arrangement, Hong Hu Capriccio, for Wang Kwong’s concerts. In 1977, he made his conducting debut with Wang Kowng in The Spring of Yuanwu Lake and Dance of the Yao Tribe. Later he performed The Spring of Yuanwu Lake in the Chinese Music Extravaganza concert presented by the Hong Kong Polytechnic at the Lee Theatre and won critical acclaim.

Leung Yan-chiu

Conductor

 

Leung Yan-chiu was born in Hong Kong, and is currently Conductor of the Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Shengs, a member of the music group 4Unlike, a freelance musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and a part-time performer with the Music Office of Hong Kong.

 

Leung trained at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he double-majored in sheng and guan. He learned sheng under Loo Sze-wang and Cheng Tak-wai, guan under Ko Tit-kwan, and conducting under Leung Dik. He was also coached by Xia Feiyun, Kwong Hang-kei and Ho Man-chuen. In 2009, he was selected by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Internship Schemes to join the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra as a full-time musician. Leung has performed as a soloist as well as lead player in cultural exchange concerts in overseas and mainland China. He founded the Shengs and 4Unlike in a bid to promote music composition and modern music in the local community.

Hung Chun-ming

Conductor

 

Hung Chun-ming had performed with outstanding results at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, such as winning first place in the Dongxiao (Open) Section, second runner-up in the Dizi (Senior) Section, and the championship in the Dizi (Open) Section.

 

Hung was formerly a Dizi Principal with the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra (HKYCO) while at the same time played an active role in many other orchestras. He was with the HKYCO on their overseas tours between 1988 and 1990, performing in more than 30 shows in Australia and seven cities in North America. Then in 1998, he revisited Australia with the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra in a concert performed with the Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra of Australia and the Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra of Singapore. He was a soloist in some of the items of the concert on that occasion. In 1995, he was with the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra in recording the CD The Erhu Music of Tong Leung-tak.

Hung has been Associate Concertmaster and later Concertmaster of the Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra for six years. Apart from training the orchestra members, he is also a Guest Conductor of the Hospital Authority Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Youth Music Society.

 
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Programme Length

Running time of this performance 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 available from 2 May 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).

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

 
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Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries: 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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