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Guangdong Music Series – Cantonese Music in Hong Kong - A Concert of 'Hard-bow' Ensemble

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13 October 2012 (Sat) 8pm
Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
$160, 120

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Docent in Cantonese: Ho Kang-ming
Suona, Houguan, Dizi: Yu Mau
Ensemble Leader on the Drums: Wong Hon-keung
Luobo: Yu Sai-yue, Wong Cheuk-tong
Erxian, Tiqin: Tse Chi-ming, To Wing, Chan Pik-sum
Sanxian: Yu Wing-ka
Yangqin: Guo Jiaying
Houguan: Leung Yan-chiu

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‘Hard-bow’ Ensemble

Excerpts from 'The Eight Celestials Sending Their Birthday Wishes'



'Opening: Bringing Longevity Wishes'



'A Picture of the Big Buddha'



'Crowning You with Laurels'



'Closing: The Son-giving Goddess'


‘Wild Geese on the Sandbank’


'Boarding the Fishing Boat'


'An Ingot of Gold'

Erxian Solo

An Inebriated Tune'

Sanxian Solo

'Butterflies Flying in Pairs'

Yangqin Solo


‘Hard-bow’ Ensemble

'Song of the General'


'Selling Groceries'


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Details of Performers

Ho Kang-ming

Docent in Cantonese

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.  In 2004, he was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii.  He was invited by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the University of Hong Kong to give performances, as well as the City Contemporary Dance Company to give live accompaniment on the pipa, between 2005 and 2006. 


Yu Mau

Suona, Houguan, Dizi

Yu Mau is a seasoned virtuoso in Cantonese music known for his diversity in playing Chinese wind instruments such as the xiao, dizi and houguan.  He is particularly adept at accompanying the narrative singing of dishui nanyin.  Yu received his training from some of the most notable figures in the genre, including music masters Wan Chi-chung and Chan Man-tat, and Cantonese Opera stars Sun Ma Sze Tsang, Tang Bik-wan and Ho Fei-fan.  His knowledge of Chinese wind instruments has enabled him to become an instrument maker himself, particularly in the winds and pipes subgenre.  The instruments he uses are either made or remodeled by him.  Now at the venerable age of 80, Yu is still actively playing music in Hong Kong, Macao and the Guangdong area.  He believes in lifelong learning, and is eager to groom younger artists.  He is therefore a figure of high esteem among players of Cantonese music.


Wong Hon-keung

Ensemble Leader on the Drums

Wong Hon-keung developed a keen interest in Cantonese operatic song music since he was young, and later joined song art societies to receive training in the art form as well as in percussion, which led to professional engagements as a musician in Cantonese Opera ensembles.  For many decades, Wong has continued to hone his skills and now has an in-depth grasp of traditional song art and gongs-and-drums music in Cantonese Opera.  He is also a seasoned pinghou singer of Cantonese operatic arias.


Tse Chi-ming

Erxian, Tiqin

Tse Chi-ming was born into a family of musicians – his father, Tse Chi-wai, was a famous violinist of the 1930’s.  He was therefore exposed to music at a young age.  As he grew older, he began learning various instruments in earnest, with particular focus on the violin and the erhu.  Since retiring, he has been an active participant of charity functions.  He was also a member of the Organizing Committee and adviser to the Canton International Music Festival.  He was an ensemble leader in the vocal concerts of Man Chin-shui, Leung Siu-sum, Law Yim-hing, Ho Wai-ling, and many more.  With decades of performing experience, Tse is recognized for his virtuosity, wide-ranging experience and a unique timbre in his music.


To Wing

Erxian, Tiqin

To Wing was born into a family steeped in the tradition of Cantonese music.  He began learning the two indigenous art forms under his grandmother and his father at a young age.  As he grew older, he received training from one of the most influential figures in contemporary Cantonese music, Wong Yuet-sang.  He studied World Music History at the Western Washington University and was invited to give talks on Chinese music.  To perform with a relaxing, elegant style that puts both the performer and the listener at ease, and for this he has won the acclaim of colleagues in the field.  He has released a CD in which he was the gaohu leader of a five-piece ensemble.


Chan Pik-sum

Erxian, Tiqin

Chan Pik-sum graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree (Hons), where she majored in erhu and gaohu under Yu Qiwei.  Later she completed her Master of Arts (Music) degree programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  She was the concertmaster of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Orchestra, and is currently the concertmaster of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble.


Yu Wing-ka


Yu Wing-ka graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music Degree (Hons), where she majored in pipa under Cheung Yim-yu.  Yu has won in many pipa competitions in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and has been on tour with the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble to mainland China, Malaysia and Taiwan for music exchange.


Guo Jiaying


Guo Jiaying graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Music (Hons) and a Master’s degree in Yangqin Performance. She trained in yangqin performance under Chan Sam-lam, Cheung Yu-chu and Yu Mei-lai. She also trained in guzheng under Xu Lingzhi, and was the erhu principal of The Academy Chinese Orchestra.


Leung Yan-chiu


Leung Yan-chiu received his Professional Certificate in Performing Arts (Music) from 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 and guan under Ko Tit-kwan.  He is currently the Artistic Director of the group Shengs, a member of the music group 4Unlike, a freelance musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, a part-time performer with the Music Office of Hong Kong and the Conductor of the Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra.


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Programme Length

Running time of this performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audiences 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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Ticketing and Concession

Tickets available from 19 September onwards available 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.

‘Guangdong Music Series’ Package Discount
10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for any 2 different programmes; 15% off for any 3 different programmes; 20% off for any 4 or more different programmes.

Patrons 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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Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
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The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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