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China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong)
The Yellow River Cantata Concert



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11 August 2012 (Sat) 8pm
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
$140, 110, 80

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Performers

Music Director/Principal Conductor/Violin Soloist: Lim Kek-han
Soprano: Chan Lai-chun, Vivian
Baritone: Cheung Kin-wah, Petrus
Guest Conductor: Terry Leung

Hong Kong Youth Choir
The Spring Chorus
Kwan Sing Choir
Hong Kong Young Ladies Chorus
Hong Kong Qiao You Association Choir
Hong Kong Bah Tsung Choir
Hong Kong Senior Education Workers Choir
Tien Ma Chorus
 
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Programme

Tchaikovsky

1812 Overture

Xian Xinghai

Yellow River Cantata

He Zhanhao & Chen Gang

Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

 
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Details of Performers

China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong)

Lim Kek-han founded the Lim Kek Han Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977, with himself as Music Director and Principal Conductor. The Orchestra holds a number of concerts every year and brings music of different kinds to the audience. Famous soloists and guest conductors are also invited from the mainland and overseas to perform with the Orchestra. The Orchestra works hard to introduce to the audience of Hong Kong Chinese music rearranged in modern style and has held numerous Chinese music concerts. In 1982, the Yellow River Cantata concert took place at the Hong Kong City Hall and was ardently supported by the public. In the Festival of Asian Arts 1982, an outdoor concert given by the Orchestra with a choir of 300 members was recorded by the Beijing Central People's Broadcasting and Television Unit and broadcast nation-wide in mainland. In 1993, the Orchestra changed its name to Hong Kong China Philharmonic Orchestra, which was further changed to China Philharmonic Orchestra on 1 July 1997. Recently, the Orchestra was renamed to China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong).

 

Lim Kek-han

Music Director/Principal Conductor/Violin Soloist

Lim Kek-han was born in Indonesia of Chinese parentage. He began violin lessons under renowned Russian teacher Ywan Federoff and Dutch teacher Frits Hinse at the age of six. He graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in Amsterdam in 1951. Lim represented Holland three times in international music forums and he was the concertmaster of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. He later furthered his studies on conducting at Paris Conservatoire and the National Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 1958, he went to the former U.S.S.R. as a representative of China and performed with the best-known orchestras there. Lim resided in Hong Kong in 1971 and has been well-known as one of the local conductors and violinists.

 

Chan Lai-chun, Vivian

Soprano

Vivian Chan (LRSM, LTCL) is one of the most active sopranos in Hong Kong in recent years. She began her music training in voice first under Chen Leh, and continued under renowned vocalists Chiu Shao-chiu and Lola Young. She gave her debut recital in 1995 at the Hong Kong City Hall and won critical acclaim from the music community. In 1996, at the invitation of the Musicians’ Association of Quanzhou and Xiamen in China, she gave two recitals at the Tan Kah Kee Memorial Hall of Huaqiao University and the Xiamen Gulangyu Concert Hall respectively. In 1997, she was invited to sing in a cultural exchange programme in Guangzhou celebrating the reunification of Hong Kong with China. It was followed by two engagements to appear in Macao and Zhongshan in 1998, and another invitation to perform as soloist in the Yellow River Cantata concert in Beijing, which was accompanied by the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra in 2005. Chan has also been frequently invited to appear as guest soloist with choirs and orchestras in Hong Kong. Her repertoire includes selections from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and arias from Italian operas. She was a soloist in the full-length production, the Humen Beihuan, a cantata about the life and times of Lin Zexu, the Qing Dynasty officer who burnt thousands of caskets of opium imported by the western traders at Bocca Tigris.

 

Chan is currently the Artistic Director and conductor of the Boheme Children’s Choir. Her profile is listed in A Dictionary of Chinese Musicians published by the People’s Press in March, 1998.

 

Cheung Kin-wah, Petrus

Baritone

Petrus Cheung was born in Hong Kong and trained in voice under the tutelage of the renowned tenor, Yung Ho-do. An outstanding vocalist in Hong Kong, Cheung is endowed with a rich and powerful voice that exudes passion, which makes him an excellent interpreter of Ode to the Yellow River. He was invited by the Macao Cultural Centre and the Macao Polytechnic Institute to perform this piece in 2005, and by the China Singers and their conductor, Yau Siu-pun, to perform the same in 2007, all to critical acclaim.

 

For the past few years, Cheung has appeared frequently with the Hong Kong Oratorio Society as lead singer in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Verdi’s and Schumann’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Cantatas, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Ode to Joy’. He has made two CD recordings with the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, and appeared on the same stage with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra of China, conductors such as Prof. Chan Wing-wah, Prof. Chen Tscheng-hsiung, Carmen Koon, Veiga Jardim and Allison So.

 

 
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Programme Length

Running time of this performance is about 2 hours 15 minutes 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 11 July 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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