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Nan Lian Garden Music Series – Recital on Silk String Guqin by Wang Duo (The Wu Stylistic School)

Venue Date & Time Price
Xiang Hai Xuan Multi-purpose Hall, Nan Lian Garden
Gallery, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (Inside Hong Kong Park)
The Maestros talking the Qin

01.01.2014(wed) 14:30
Free Admission

*Meet-the-Artist Session after the matinee performance (In Putonghua)


The music Ascending the Great Void describes the transcendental state of a Taoist priest who has attained enlightenment, and can let his mind and spirit rise above the mundane world. It therefore carries a touch of Tao.
Listen: Nan Lian Garden Music Series – Recital on Silk String Guqin by Wang Duo (The Wu Stylistic School)

About the Performer

The Wu style is limpid and soft, meandering like the Yangtze and with slow, lingering sounds that fade off. It is reminiscent of the literati of yore.


Wang Duo is a native of Suzhou. He received guqin training under Wu Zhaoji, a representative figure in the Wu stylistic school, at a young age, and has therefore inherited his mentor’s flair in creating a distinctive ethos in playing qin music. He advocates expressing the inherent didactic meaning of the qin, and looks for the metaphysical states of harmony, quietude, clarity and profundity. The way he plays has a natural, easy charm, with less focus on keeping the tempo than on maintaining an overall flow. Wang is dedicated to the upholding of the tradition of using silk-string qins in making music, and teaches by example. He encourages his disciples and mentees to develop and make high-quality silk strings for their own use.  In recent years, he promotes the concept of nurturing physical as well as mental well-being through qin music and abiding by the rules of Nature. He has reconstructed scores of qin pieces, with particular interest in reviving Taoist qin music. Wang makes teaching silk-string guqin his everyday interest, and occasionally gives public performances on the qin. He held solos recital in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Taipei which were warmly received. Wang is currently an adviser to the Kunju and Guqin Research Society of China and the China’s Academy of Guqin and Vice President of the International Society of Guqin for Life Enhancement.


Matinee Performance

Ascending the Great Void, Flowing Water, High Mountains, Trekking on Mei Mountain, Dialogue between the Fisherman and the Woodcutter, Yu-Mei-Ren (String Song), Wild Geese Landing on Smooth Sand, On the Northern Frontier, A Wanderer’s Loyal Heart, Mist and Cloud over Rivers Xiao and Xiang, All Red the River, In Search of True Nature.


Evening Performance

Listening to the Pines, On a Rock by a Stream, The Pure Orchid and Bamboo, White Snow, A Sunny Day in Spring, Xing-Xiang-Zi (String Song), The Innocent Seagulls, A Raining Night on the River, Long Pureness, Waves Washing the Sand, Song of Religious Practice, The Crow’s Caw at Night.


Tickets available from 18 November 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

For each purchase of standard tickets: 10% off for 2 different programmes; 15% off for 3 different programmes; 20% off for 4 or more different programmes.


Group Booking Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets: 10% off for 4-9 tickets; 15% off for 10-19 tickets; 20% off for 20 or more tickets.


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


Other programmes in the “Nan Lian Garden Music Series:

The Charm of Qin by Deyin Qin Society, and Guqin Recitals by Lau Chor-wah, Sou Si-tai, Tse Chun-yan, Cheng Gongliang and Dai Xiaolian, Zeng Chengwei and Zeng He.


Programme Length

Running time of each performance is about 1 hour 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.



Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009

Programme Enquiries:2268 7321

Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk


The Maestros talking the Qin

"The Intricate and Metaphysical States of Silk String Qin Music"

Wang Duo (Conducted in Putonghua)

Admission free on a first-come-first-served basis

Running time of each talk is about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Venue Date & Time Price
Gallery, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (Inside Hong Kong Park)
Free Admission


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