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Nan Lian Garden Music Series - Concert by Wind and Silk

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Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
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19.02.2013(Tue)
20:00
$220, $150
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Xiang Hai Xuan Multi-purpose Hall, Nan Lian Garden
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23.02.2013(Sat)
14:30
$220
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*Meet-the-Artist Session after the concert on 23 Feb. (In Cantonese)

The sounds of yesteryear return to bring back memories of ordinary yet happy childhood days, when we were free as birds……

Programme

 

19 Feb (8pm)
"Strings Now and Yore"
 Concert of Revived Ancient Musical Instruments and
Remodeled Musical Instruments by Yuen Shi-chun

 

Remodeled Ruanxian Quintet

 

Fantasia of Thunder in a Drought (World Première)

 

Ming-style Pipa and Tang-style Ruanxian

Liyun Chunsi

 

Tang-style Ruanxian Leading

 

Three Variations on the Weeping Willows

 

String and Winds

   

The Lotus Rising from the Water

 

Remodeled Ruanxian Ensemble

 

Sketches of Life in the North – The Horse Race, Taming the Deer, Fishermen’s Song, Hunting in Winter

 

Yueqin Solo

   

In the Deep of the Night

 

Ming-style Pipa and Dongxiao

Qinglian Yuefu

 

Xiaoruan Solo

   

Domra Concerto (Hong Kong Première)

 

Qing-style Qilu Qinqin Leading

 

Jingling Bells of the Hungry Horse

Rain Lashing on the Plantain

Triratna Buddha

 

Ruanxian Ensemble

   

A Chivalrous Hero (Hong Kong Première)

 

 

23 Feb (2:30pm)
"Sounds of Yesteryear"
 Concert by Yuen Shi-chun and friends

 

Ensemble

   

The Lotus Rising from the Water

 

Ming-style Pipa Solo

 

Pines Flecked with Snowflakes

 

Tang-style Ruanxian Solo

 

Liquormania

 

Ming-style Pipa and Tang-style Ruanxian  

 

Liyun Chunsi

 

Tang-style Ruanxian Leading

 

Three Variations on the Weeping Willows

 

Ming-style Pipa and Dongxiao Ensemble

Qinglian Yuefu

 

Qing-style Qilu Qinqin Leading

 

Jingling Bells of the Hungry Horse

Rain Lashing on the Plantain

Triratna Buddha

 

About the Performer

Ruan Music (19/2 only)

Producer/ Ruanxian/ Qinqin: Yuen Shi-chun

Pipa/ Zheng: Ho Kang-ming

Yehu: To Wing

Dongxiao/ Dizi: Sou Si-tai

Yueqin: Lui Kwan-on (19/2 only)

Xiaoruan: Lem Ling-ling (19/2 only)

Percussion: Ho Tung-kau

Conductor: Kwok Kin-ming (19/2 only)

 

Yuen Shi chun

Producer/ Ruanxian/ Qinqin

Yuen Shi-chun is a pioneer in the remodeling of Chinese traditional musical instruments.  He was born into a family of architects in Hong Kong, having studied civil engineering himself.  He joined the newly formed Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO) in 1974 and was appointed Liuqin Principal.  He has been its Research and Development Officer (Musical Instrument) and Research Fellow of its Research and development Department since 2003.  In 1993, he was made a member of the Expert Group on the Improvement of Musical Instruments under the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, and sat on the Adjudication Committee for Technology Advancement Award.  He was presented the Award for Arts Achievement (Music) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2003. For the last thirty years or more, Yuen has been an active musician, performing in more than 3,000 concerts. But in his spare time, he has been conducting a self-financed project dedicated to the revival, design, research and making of Chinese instruments.  To date, instruments revived under his hand include the Tang-style ruanxian, the quxiang (crooked-neck) pipa, the wuxian (five-string) pipa, the Qing-style qinqin and the jingangtui (a traditional reference to liuqin).  The families of liuqin with double resonators and ruanxian that he modified won a Class Two Technology Advancement Award (1992) and a National Class Three Technology Advancement Award (1998) from the Ministry of Culture of China respectively.  The Eco-huqin Series that he first developed in 2005 for the HKCO has since turned out new models of the gaohu, erhu, zhonghu, gehu and double-bass gehu.  It won him an Innovation Award from the Ministry of Culture in 2012.  Through reviving ancient instruments and improving modern instruments, Yuen has opened up new horizons in academic research and in the performing arts, therefore casting influence on the international music scene and academic sectors.

The modified instruments he created have been used by many radio and television stations for recording and making documentary features.  He has given performing tours and talks in Asia, Europe, the United States and Australia.  His modified instruments are now being used by dozens of Chinese orchestras all over the world.  Yuen has also assisted his students in the setting up of four chamber ensembles in Hong Kong, the Mainland and Taiwan by providing them the improved instruments as well as playing an advisory and mentorship role.  As a result, new performing formats and configurations have emerged, with the Taipei Liuqin Ensemble in Taiwan, the ruanxian ensemble of the Guangzhou No. 7 Middle School in mainland China, and the Hong Kong Ruanxian Ensemble and Ruan Music in Hong Kong.  The Taipei Liuqin Ensemble, in particular, which was founded in 1993, has become a notable name on the Taiwan music scene and in other parts of the world, having cut four records and performed hundreds of concerts in Taiwan, Hong Kong, mainland China and other places.  It has added diversity to Chinese music and paved new ways for its development.

 

Ho Kang-ming

Pipa/ Zheng

Ho Kang-ming was a pipa musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra between 1976 and 1980.  He gave several solo recitals in Hong Kong and Singapore between 1980 and 1981, and premiered many new pipa pieces by contemporary composers.  In 1998, Ho formed the Chinese music group, Wind and Silk, with Yuen Shi-chun, Tam Po-shek and Yu Siu-wah.  In 2004, he was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii, where he performed as well as lectured.  In 2005, he was invited by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra to give demonstration performances of the pipa with silk strings at two of its concerts, The Chinese Lute Down the Ages, and Pluckety Pluck - Chinese Plucked String Music.  He gave a pipa recital at the University of Hong Kong in 2006, and was invited by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to give a series of talks entitled Pleasures Inspired by Music.

 

To Wing

Yehu

To Wing began learning the Chinese vocal music and the huqin at a young age, taught by his grandmother and his father.  Later, he received training from one of the most influential figures in contemporary Cantonese music, Wong Yuet-sang, with whom he also worked for a number of years.  After settling in the United States in 1992, he studied World Music History at the Western Washington University and was invited to give talks on Chinese music and perform huqin music on campus.  In the latter half of the 1990’s, he avidly explored the various genres of Chinese music, including taking lessons in Jiangnan Sizhu under Tong Leung-tak, gaohu performing techniques and Cantonese music under Yu Qiwei in Guangzhou, and Chinese music history under Yu Siu-wah and Chan Hing-yan in Hong Kong.  On the concert stage, To performs with a relaxing, elegant style that puts both the player and the listener at ease, evoking feelings of gratifying contentment, and for this he has won the acclaim of colleagues in the field.  He has released a CD recording in which he was the gaohu leader of a five-piece ensemble.

 

Sou Si-tai

Dongxiao/ Dizi

Sou Si-tai studied Chinese Painting and Calligraphy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and learned xiao and dizi under Wong Kuen in his early years.  Later he received training in guqin under Tsar Teh-yun, and more recently, the making of guqin under Cai Changshou.  He is currently Director of the Deyin Guqin Society, and a guqin instructor in the Music Department of the CUHK and the Baptist University.  Over the years, Sou has been actively engaged in guqin-related activities, such as research and studies, reconstructions, the making of guqin etc..  He has also been engaged in concerts, talks, demonstrations, teaching and recording.  He was on the organizing team of two exhibitions on the instrument - Echoes of Antiquity - An Exhibition on Guqin Heritage and Echoes of Antiquity the Guguqin, and has performed guqin in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Holland. 

 

Lui Kwan-on

Yueqin

Lui Kwan-on is a part-time instructor at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and visiting professor at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts.  She was the winner of the Yueqin Performance Award, the one and only of its category in China, at the first All China Chinese Instrumental Music Competition in 1982.  She graduated cum laude from the NACTA in 1984 and joined the faculty there.  In the late 1980’s, she cut a record Classics in Plucked-string Instruments with Zhang Jianmin of the China Peking Opera Theatre and piap virtuoso Yu Liangmo Lui.  She gave the first ever yueqin solo recital at the Beijing Concert Hall in 1992, which won her critical acclaim from the Ministry of Culture, instrumentalists in Peking Opera, and the music circle in general.  She cut a solo album, Yueqin and Orchestra, in 1994, which was also the first ever of the yueqin genre in China.  Her solo performance of In the Deep of the Night at the 2008 Chinese New Year Variety Show on CCTV also won rave reviews.  She has performed as a guest soloist in concerts presented by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Orchestra of the HKAPA. She was featured in many of the music programmes in China. With her wide repertoire, original performing techniques and style as well as musicality, Lui has been able to maintain a high profile in music in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and mainland China.

 

Lem Ling-ling

Xiaoruan

Lem Ling-ling trained in Chinese Music under Wong Kin-wai at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and later furthered her training under Yuen Shi-chun. She has been teaching and performing since she graduated from the HKAPA.  An active figure on the concert stage of both Chinese and Western music, she has won acclaim for her virtuosity as a performer and her stringent, scientific methodology as a teacher.  Lem has been invited to perform in many cities on the Mainland, and to Singapore, the UK, Italy, etc., and won critical acclaim.  She is currently an instructor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Music Office under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Hong Kong Junior Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Children Chinese Orchestra.  She is also a freelance musician of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Macao Chinese Orchestra.  In 2002, she was a liuqin soloist at the “Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra – Hacken Lee” concert.  Lem is at present teaching instrumental music in many primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.  Many of her students were winners in the solo and ensemble classes of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and achieved outstanding results at the grade examinations of the Central and Shanghai Conservatories of Music. Some of them have entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the China Conservatory to pursue music studies.  She founded the ensemble, Ruan Music, in 2006 with the aim of promoting Chinese music in Hong Kong.

 

Ho Tung-Kau

Percussion

Ho Tung-kau developed a keen interest in Cantonese opera and Cantonese song art at a young age, and has been conducting in-depth study of the art forms.  He has performed with many arts groups, and is currently working as a professional percussionist in Cantonese song art.

 

Kwok Kin-ming, Bosco

Conductor

Kwok Kin-ming, Bosco, trained in zhongruan at the Music Office when he was in secondary school.  Later he entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to study Chinese Music, where he received training in sanxian and zhongruan from Zhu Lirong, and instructions in techniques from virtuosi Yuen Shi-chun and Lui Kwan-on.  While studying at the Academy, Kwok was awarded the Hongkong Bank Foundation Hong Kong-Mainland Exchange Scholarship and the Bloomberg Scholarship to go to Beijing to receive further training in sanxian with Professor Xiao Jiansheng and Zhao Chengwei. He was awarded a Diploma in Performing Arts in zhongruan and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) degree in music in sanxian upon graduation from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).  He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Chinese Music Conducting under Yan Huichang at the HKAPA, and is also taught by Ho Man-chuen.  Kwok has attended many master classes in conducting over the years, including those given by Xia Feiyun, Yan Huichang, Yeh Tsung, Wang Fujian, Henry Shek, Yip Wing-sie, Liu Sha and Scott Parkman. He was a Second Runner-up and winner of the Outstanding Young Conductor in Hong Kong award in the first Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music held in July 2011.  In 2005, Kwok led the Hong Kong Youth Chinese (HKYC) Plucked String Orchestra to participate in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, United Kingdom for cultural exchange. It was followed by its debut performing tour in Taiwan in 2011, in which the HKYC participated in the Contemporary Chinese Orchestra Festival. Kwok has been active in both concert performance and teaching of instrumental music, as a freelance musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and Macao Chinese Orchestra and a Music Officer of the Chinese Music Section at the Music Office. He is also the conductor of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and Music Office Children’s Chinese Orchestra, freelance assistant conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, and conductor of Ruan Music and the Chinese Music Society, New Asia College, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Ruan Music

The ruan has a history of over two thousand years and is one of the oldest plucked string instruments in China.  After modifications and improvements made in the 1950’s, the ruan became a standard instrument in the Chinese orchestra.  The models commonly used in the orchestra are the soprano, the tenor and the bass ruan.  “Ruan Music” is an ensemble founded in 2006 in Hong Kong dedicated to the performance of music for the ruan family of instruments. Its chairman is the young performer Lem Ling-ling, its conductor Kwok Kin-ming, and Artistic Adviser, Yuen Shi-chun.  Other seasoned virtuosi in Chinese music are also on its list of advisers.  The group’s members are mainly young music enthusiasts in schools and from the business and industrial sectors.  The ensemble is made up of four sections - the soprano, the alto, the tenor and the bass ruans. It plays with a range that commands six octaves, and the performing techniques of all the players are unified.  The tone colours thus produced are rich and mellow, forming a pyramid of stereophonic sound effects that are at the same time expressive, moving and appealing. 

The instruments used by Ruan Music are all provided by Mr Yuen Shi-chun.  Invented and developed in Hong Kong, they won the Technology Advancement Award of the Ministry of Culture in 1996, and the Technology Advancement Award of the State Council of China 1in 1998.  These instruments have been widely used by professional orchestras all over the world, including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.  Ruan Music is the first ensemble to be dedicated to the ruan family alone. Its repertoire contains basically new arrangements, works with new instrumentations and original compositions created out of the configuration of instruments.  Performances are in tutti, small ensemble and concerto formats.  As a result, a brand new sound with the ruan at its core has been created.  Since its founding, the group has been invited to perform in concerts and seminars, including those presented by the Home Affairs Bureau and tertiary institutes in Hong Kong.  The ensemble organised a concert and a seminar entitled “Academy Alumni Chinese Music Concert and Seminar Evolution of Ruanxian from Ancient to Modern” in 2006,and “The Wind and Silk & Ruan Music - Concert of Ancient Chinese Instruments Revived and Improved Models of the Ruan by Yuen Shi-chun” in 2010 in its effort to promote this locally created form of performing art.

Ticketing

Tickets available from 12 Dec onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.

 

Discount Scheme

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)

 

‘Nan Lian Garden Music Series’ Series Discount

10% off for each purchase of 2 different programmes;

15% off for each purchase of 3 different programmes;

20% off for each purchase of 4 or more different programmes

 

Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;

15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;

20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets

 

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 each performance is about 1 hour and 30 minutes 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.

 

Enquiries

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Programme Note

19/2
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23/2
23/2

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