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Guangdong Music Series – Mesmerizing Wind and Bowed-strings – A Concert by the Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan



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14 October 2012 (Sun) 8pm
Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
$160, 120

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Artistic Director / Violin / Yangqin / Yehu: Tsoi Wing-hong
Conductor: Chan Kam-fai
Yuehu: Woo Pak-tuen
Dizi: Chan Chi-yuk
Yuehu: Szeto Kin

 
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Programme

Orchestra

Cantonese Opera Tunes Suite

Arr. Chan Kam-fai

Yangqin Solo

Dao-Chui-Lian

Yan Laolie

 

United We Go

Yan Laolie

Yuehu Solo

Spring Comes to the Fields

Lin Yun

Violin & Orchestra

Billowing Waves

Chan Man-tat

 

Fish Frolic in the Water in Spring

Liu Tianyi

 

Hu Bu Gui

Arr. Bu Canrong

Dizi Solo

Meditations in the Boudoir

Ancient Tune

 

 

Arr. Bu Canrong

Yangqin & Orchestra

Laments of Lady Zhaojun

Ancient Tune

 

 

Arr. Chan Kam-fai

 

Thunder in a Drought

Yan Laolie

Yehu Solo

Nanyin

Arr. Chan Kam-fai

 

The Flowing Water and the Drifting Clouds

Siu Tit-hung

Yangqin Solo

Pacing Horses

Ancient Tune

 

The Regret

Ancient Tune

Yuehu Solo

Homecoming

Chen Wenda

Violin & Orchestra

Sky with Falling Petals

Lui Man-shing

Intoxicated under the Moon

Chen Wenda

 

A Victorious Return

Chen Junying

Five-piece Combo

A Hungry Horse Shaking Its Bells

He Bozhong

In Celebration of Good Times

Yau Hok-chau

Yangqin & Orchestra

Autumn Moon over a Placid Lake

Lui Man-shing

 

Pacing Horses in the Countryside in Spring

Chen Deju

Ensemble

Weaving a Rainbow Miles Long

Yang Shaobin

 
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Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan

Established in 2005, the Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan is a registered non-profit-making music organization, with the mission of preserving and perpetuating traditional Chinese culture through music.  Tsoi Wing-hong is the founder and Artistic Director.  Since Guangdong music has been listed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2006, the orchestra popularizes the genre and enhances performance standards.  It has given over 20 performances at various events, including the Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fundraising Concert, Cantonese Music for a Wholesome Life, and the concert A Cantonese Music Concert for the Elderly.  The group has traveled twice to Beijing to perform – in the Sixth Olympic Cultural Festival (2008) and at a concert celebrating the 60th National Day of the People’s Republic of China (2009).  In January 2009, the group performed at the Arts Mart jointly organized by the Home Affairs Bureau, the Education Bureau, and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to promote Chinese music within the community of Hong Kong.  Members of the group include musicians from the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

 

Tsoi Wing-hong

Artistic Director / Violin / Yangqin / Yehu

Tsoi Wing-hong is a renowned recitalist in Cantonese music.  He was trined at the Guangzhou Conservatory of Music (now the Xinghai Conservatory of Music) and was a music instructor with many Cantonese Opera troupes in Guangzhou and Guangdong.  Tsoi is a versatile player of many musical instruments, in particular the yangqin and the yuehu.  He plays the Cantonese yuehu with virtuosity, yielding poignant tone colours and rich vernacular feature.  After resettling in Hong Kong, he joined the Hong Kong Chinese Artists’ Association (Pak Wo) and founded the Yin Ngai Opera and Musical Troupe while teaching music at the same time.  He is also the Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan since it was founded in 2005. Tsoi is dedicated to the research, composition and revival of local Cantonese music culture.  For the past 20 years he has been actively involved in programming for events and for the Artist-in-Residence Scheme for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.  He has invited many renowned musicians from the mainland to perform in Hong Kong in an ongoing effort to enhance cultural exchange, among whom included Yu Xunfa, Gan Shangshi, Yu Qiwei, Tang Kaixuan, and Bu Canrong.  He is currently a guest lecturer of music at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

 

Chan Kam-fai #

Conductor

Homegrown musician Chan Kam-fai received training from the renowned liuqin performer and music instrument innovation expert, Yuen Shi-chun.  Under Yuen’s instruction and influence, Chan launched a musical career in pursuit of excellent and the establishment of an individual performance style.  He has continued to enhance his knowledge in music by taking lessons in harmony, composition and conducting from Kwok Hang-kei, Xia Feiyun and Kuan Nai-chung; at the same time he furthered his training in various instruments, including training under houguan virtuoso Yi Zhilin.  In 1996 and 2002, Chan held solo recitals to wide acclaim.  He has arranged and adapted numerous Cantonese tunes and classics, including Homecoming, Traces of Tears and Red Candle Tears, etc.  In celebration of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he wrote Raging Waves which premiered at the Sixth Olympic Cultural Festival.  Chan is now a contracted musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and a Houguan player and conductor of the Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan.

 

Woo Pak-tuen

Yuehu

Woo Pak-tuen holds two first degrees from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), double majoring in banbu and yuehu under the tutelage of Ngai Kwun-wa and Yu Qiwei.  He also received banhu training from Shen Cheng and Liu Xiang; erhu training from Min Huifen and later other instruments in the huqin family under Lai Siu-ming and Ching Sau-wing.  He also received training from famous musicians including Xia Feiyun, Hu Bingxu, Yan Huichang, He Zhanhao and Wang Fuijan etc. in conducting and music evaluation.  In 2007, he won in the Academy’s Concerto Competition, and performed the erhu concerto, Parting of the Newly Wed with the Academy Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the British conductor, Alexander Shelley.  He has been the Principal of a number of Chinese Orchestras and now is one of the young huqin soloists in the Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan.

 

Chan Chi-yuk #

Dizi

Chan Chi-yuk began learning the dizi under Lam Si-kwan at the Music Office at the age of 11.  He won first place in the Intermediate, Senior and Advanced classes at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival for three consecutive years, and was a First Runner-up in the Hugo Prize for Chinese Instrumental Solo.  In 1997, under the baton of National Class One conductor Qu Chunquan, Chan performed the premiere of For the Love of the Yellow Earth, a concerto for two dizi.  He later entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), double-majoring in Dizi and Dongxiao under Sun Yongzhi and Tam Po-shek.  He was awarded a scholarship to receive coaching from dizi professor Da Ya at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and has toured overseas with many ensembles.  In 2008, he performed with the Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan at the Sixth Olympic Cultural Festival, and received warm applause for his delivery of the medley Two Phoenixes Paying Tribute to the Sun and Thunder in a Drought.  Chan is currently a freelance musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra under the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Music Internship Scheme, and a dizi soloist with the Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan.

 

Szeto Kin #

Yuehu

Szeto Kin began learning the erhu under Qian Yongli at the age of seven.  He was admitted into The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2006, double-majoring in erhu and yuehu under Wong On-yuen and Yu Qiwei.  Over the years, he has won awards at numerous music competitions.  In 2007, he became a freelance yuehu player with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.  In December 2008, January 2009 and February 2010, he performed the pieces Autumn Moon on a Placid Lake and Birds Returning to the Woods with the Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan, and won acclaim as one of the new forces in Cantonese music in Hong Kong.  He is currently a part-time erhu instructor at the Music Office, Erhu Principal in the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, and one of the young huqin soloists in the Hong Kogn Yue Yue Tuan.

 

 

# By kind permission of the Hong Kong 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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Programme Notes
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Ticket 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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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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