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A Dragon Soaring in the East Concert by Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra



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28 October 2012 (Sun) 8pm
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
$140, 110, 80

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Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra
Artistic Director/Principal Conductor: Ho Man-chuen
Conductor: Wai Sing-fat
 
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Programme

Banquet at the Sichuan Court

Zhu Zhou, Yu Shu, Gao Weijie

Nocturn

Law Wai-lun

The Silk Road

Jiang Ying

The Legend of Shadier

Liu Yuan

The Great Verdigris Bell

Joshua Chan

A Dragon Soaring in the East

Liu Changyuan

 

Lead Percussionists: Jason Leung, Tse Tsz-chung, Lau Wai-hung

Dragon

Law Wai-lun

Burying the Flowers from Dream of the Red Chamber Suite

Wang Liping

 
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Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra

Since its establishment in 1979, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra has been a driving force behind Chinese music. Apart from giving regular concerts in Hong Kong, it has been invited to perform in Macao, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, Sichuan and Zhejiang in China, Malaysia, Australia etc..  In these musical exchange activities, the Orchestra has established close ties with the local organizations and cultural sectors.  The orchestras it has collaborated with include the China Chengdu National Music Orchestra, the China Youth Chinese Music Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Music of Beijing, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Tianjin Folk Orchestra, Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra of Singapore, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra of Australia, the Professional Cultural Centre Orchestra of Malaysia, etc.. The Orchestra has collaborated with many music virtuosi, including Kuan Nai-chung, Song Guanghai, Wang Fujian, Yang Li, Xiao Biayong, Wong On-yuen, Yu Qiwei, Ubulikasm, Liu Ying, Sun Huang, Chen Ruei-bin, Li Chuanyun, Guan Mucun, Chen Lingyu, Huang Hongying, Tang Biao, Gong Linna, among many others.

The Orchestra regularly participates in concerts presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It also participated in the concerts organized by the Department for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and Hong Kong 2009 East Asia Games. It has performed in charity concerts for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Regeneration Society, China Star Light Charity Fund Association, Xuan Yuan Education Fund Association etc..  The Orchestra has cut many recordings in tape and CD formats, including the Golden Disc Award winner, Fishermen’s Song of the East Sea.  The current Resident Conductor of the Orchestra is Wai Sing-fat. Ho Man-chuen, the famous conductor and former Head of the Chinese Music Section of the Music Office, joined the Orchestra as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor in May 2012.

 

Ho Man-chuen

Artistic Director/Principal Conductor

Ho Man-chuen is a renowned music educationist and conductor. Emigrated to Hong Kong in 1980, Ho joined the Music Office of Hong Kong SAR Government and had held the position as Assistant Music Officer and Music Officer until his retirement in 2009. During his tenure, he has nurtured numerous young musicians. Ho is currently appointed as visiting lecturer of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and resident conductor of its Chinese Orchestra; Artistic Director of Windpipe Chinese Ensemble; and Artistic Director cum Principal Conductor of the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra.

Ho received tuition on conducting with Xia Feiyun, and participated conducting masterclasses held by maestros Tang Muhai, Chen Zhaohuang and Peng Xiuwen. Ho had been conductor of Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra of Music Office for 29 years and taken the orchestra to tour the United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Nanjing in China. In Hong Kong, Ho has conducted numerous orchestras including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Joint Orchestra of Hong Kong (for 1997 reunification concert), Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, HKYWCA Chinese Orchestra, Yao Yueh Chinese Orchestra, Windpipe Chinese Ensemble, etc. Ho has collaborated with various soloists including Min Huifan, Xiao Baiyong, Yue Qiwei, Zhu Changyao, Hao Yuqi, Gong Yi, etc.

 

Wai Sing-fat

Conductor

Wai Sing-fat graduated from the Diploma course of The Hong Kong Conservatory of Music, Bachelor Degree course of the music department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Master Degree course from the School of Business and Administration of The Open University of Hong Kong respectively.

Wai was first initiated into conducting at a conducting course first organized by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
and taught by Miran Kojian in 1984. He has conducted many orchestras, and even founded the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra (HKMLCO) in 1979 with a group of young musicians.  Under Wai's baton, the HKMLCO had performed widely in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and United States. Wai also conducted the HKMLCO in a CD recording produced and distributed by BMG, which won a Golden Disc Award in 1992.  As a guest conductor, Wai had worked with Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, the University of Hong Kong Chinese Chamber Ensemble, Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association, Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Music Society Chinese Orchestra, Eight Sound Chinese Orchestra, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, Singapore Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra, Malaysia Professional Cultural Center Orchestra, Australia Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra, China Chengdu National Music Orchestra, China Tianjin National Music Orchestra, China Youth Chinese Music Orchestra of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, China Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra, Musicians of All Saints in Britain and Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in Czech Republic. With the invitation from organizations such as Hong Kong Composers' Guild and Chinese Music Virtuosi, Wai conducted the premiere of a number of modern compositions. Wai maintained keen interest in training youth orchestras, he has trained the Children Chinese Orchestra in Summer Camp organized by the Hong Kong Music Office. Wai also trained the Brighton Youth Orchestra in a winter camp held in United Kingdom. In 1997, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra organized the first concert in the 1997 Reunification Music Festival and invited more than 20 orchestras to form the Hong Kong United Chinese Orchestra performing in the concert. Wai was elected to be the conductor and chairman of the organization committee of the combined 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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Ticket and Concession
Tickets available from 28 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.
 
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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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