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“A Revival of Traditional Culture” Yau Ma Tei Theatre Series - A Concert of Chaozhou Music

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre
$160, $120
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Chaozhou Gongs and Drums Da luogu



Appointing Generals to Get Ready for Battle

Dance of the Dragon and the Phoenix

All Red Is the River

Chaozhou Gongs and Drums Xiao luogu

Phoenix in the Sky

Lions Playing with a Ball

Suona Music

Selling Groceries

Traditional String Music



Fish Hawks Dabbling in the Water

As the Waves Wash the Sand

Going Up the Mansion

Chaozhou Operatic Song Singing



A Pledge in the Garden from Madam Su

Reprimanding the Son from Taking Her Husband to Court


About the Programme

The legacy of Chaozhou music continues
A definition of ‘Chaozhou music’:  With its roots in the folk and vernacular tradition, Chaozhou music has a wide audience base and spread beyond its native region of the eastern part of Guangdong province, reaching out to other parts of the world. Where there are Chaozhou folks, there is their music and songs. 

Chaozhou music can be categorized into Chaozhou gongs and drums, string poem (xianshi), ‘delicate music’ (xiyue), suites for dizi, and temple music. There are also different modes such as ‘light three six’, ‘heavy three six’, ‘light three heavy six’,  fanxian, and ‘live five’.  By setting poetic verses from Chinese literature with folk music, the people created a highly popular genre, the ‘sung music of Chaozhou’. There are many household tunes sung in their vernacular.

About the Performer

Hong Kong Chaozhou Music Ensemble
The Hong Kong Chaozhou Music Ensemble is a non-professional organization performing Chaozhou music and Chinese opera in Hong Kong. Formed in the 1970’s, the Ensemble was a regular in the outdoor entertainment programmes of the former Hong Kong Urban Council.  Its members are local enthusiasts in Chaozhou music, most of whom with twenty to thirty years of performing experience.  These veterans are now helping to groom younger artists either as coaches or music teachers. Apart from performing as accompanying ensemble for Chaozhou opera troupes in Hong Kong, it has also toured Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. The musicians are in close contact with famous virtuosi in Chaozhou and Shantou, practising with them and actively promoting cultural exchange in a bid to keep the art form thriving.


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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 full-time students and 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.

“A Revival of Traditional Culture” Yau Ma Tei Theatre Series Package Discount
10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for any 2 different performances, 15% off for any 3 different performances, 20% off for any 4 or more different performances.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

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.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Programme Notes

6 Jan
6 Jan

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