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A Musical Journey to Northwest China - A Concert by Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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08.06.2014(Sun)
20:00
$140, $120, $100
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Trailer: A Musical Journey to Northwest China - A Concert by Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

Programme

 

Ensemble

Reverberating Charm of Shaanxi

Zhang Xiaofeng & Wang Fangliang

 

Dance Music of Southern Xinjiang    

Zhou Yuguo

 

Overlapping II (Hong Kong Premiere)

Li Ying

Dizi & Ensemble

The Gobi Desert

Ma Di   Arr. Wang Shaowei

 

Landscape of the Frontier

Ma Di

Guanzi & Ensemble

Dance of Qiuci

Zhao Jiping

Aijieke & Ensemble

Spring in Xinjiang

Ma Yaoxian & Li Zhonghan   Arr. Lo Leung-fai

Dizi Solo

A Lyric on Qinchuan

Ma Di

 

Looking Homeward

Ma Di

Erhu Solo

Qinfeng

Jin Wei

Yangqin Solo

A Symphonic Poem of Tianshan

Huang He

Quintet

Dunhuang (Hong Kong Premiere)

Jiang Ying

 

About the Performer

 

Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

Founded in 2003, the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble is a professional Chinese music ensemble actively promoting local talents and producing quality chamber concerts with a mission to promote Chinese music culture in Hong Kong and to show the unique charm of Chinese instrumental ensemble music genre, known for being ‘small but elegant’ and ‘simple yet refined’. The Ensemble currently consists of 16 resident musicians, who are all graduates majoring in music or performance from various institutes in Hong Kong with rich experience in concert performance and they are versatile and flexible in both traditional and contemporary repertoires. The formation of the ensemble configuration has made reference with traditional Chinese sizhu, or silk and bamboo format. The Ensemble has commissioned and premiered around 20 new works. It was incorporated as the ‘Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble Ltd.’ in 2011, with conductor Ho Man-chuen as its Artistic Adviser and the Ensemble’s founder, Chan Chiu-yin, as Executive Director.  It is at present a grant recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and a registered non-profit organization in Hong Kong.

 

The Ensemble Website: www.hkwindpipe.org

 

Huang Kuang-yu

Conductor

Acclaimed by the Chinese music circle in Taiwan as an outstanding young conductor, Huang Kuang-yu is a much sought-after guest conductor for various orchestras. Huang is currently the conductor of the ZhongHua Chinese Orchestra, a lecturer at the Chinese Music Department of Chinese Culture University. He is also the conductor and Artistic Director of the Taipei Zanying Chinese Orchestra and Kinmen Chinese Orchestra.   Huang graduated from the Chinese Culture University where he trained in dizi under Liu Chih of the Chinese Music Department.  He completed his postgraduate studies at the University’s Graduate Institute of Arts and was awarded a Master degree in Music with his thesis, ‘The Development of Modern Chinese Music – A Study of Chinese Music in Taiwan in the 1970s’ under the supervision of Cheng Te-yuan.  Huang first studied conducting under Chen Ru-chi and Yu Hsing-yi, and at the time was coached and influenced by Ku Pao-wen.  Huang participated in a number of conducting masterclasses, which were conducted by Yeh Tsung and Shao En, etc..

 

Ma Di

Dizi

Ma Di is a professional dizi player. Ma is currently a member of the Chinese Musicians Association, Chairman of the Shaanxi Bamboo Flute Society, Visiting Professor of the China Conservatory of Music and Xi’an Conservatory of Music, and Professor of School of Arts of Xi’an University. Ma is well-known for his dizi playing technique of the Chang’an stylistic school.  While Ma inherits the traditional techniques of dizi playing, he also deploys many new techniques to enrich the expressiveness of the instrument. He is also a prolific composer who has dedicated decades of his music career to the composition of many new works.  He has written dozens of works for solo dizi such as A Lyric on Qinchuan, The Gobi Desert, Landscape of the Frontier and Looking Homeward, etc.. As a performer, composer and professor of dizi, Ma dedicates himself to promote not only ancient Chinese flute music but also the splendid culture of western China for the general audience to appreciate and enjoy.

 

Han Jingna

Erhu/Aijieke

Currently a huqin musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra(HKCO) and a member of the Chinese Musicians Association, Han Jingna started her training at the age of six, and her teachers included the erhu virtuosi Jin Wei, Li Changchun, Lu Rirong, Yu Fenyang and Chen Yaoxing.  She has in-depth knowledge of the indigenous music of Shaanxi as well as the performing practices of the Qin stylistic school of erhu.  She participated in the recording of film and television scores as well as for record releases. Han was the Concertmaster of Xi’an Youth Chinese Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of Xi’an Conservatory Eastern Chinese Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in several countries including Austria, Germany and Singapore, etc.. She was the winner of the Gold Award at the ‘3rd All China Competition for Youth Ensemble in Ethnic Musical Instruments of the Wenhua Arts Academy Awards’ in 2008.  In 2012, she received aijieke training with the aijieke player, Adil Abliz.  Since then, she has performed the aijieke in several of the HKCO concerts.

 

Kwok Ka-ying

Yangqin

Young yangqin player of Hong Kong, Kwok Ka-ying, is the first postgraduate to be awarded a Master’s degree in yangqin from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is currently an instructor in yangqin at the College of Allied Arts of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts – Chinese Opera and its Junior Music Programme, a freelance musician of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, a resident musician of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, a member of the World Cimbalom Association and the Founder and President of the Hong Kong Dulcimer Institute.  Kwok studied yangqin under Hu Ruoxiong, Wang Wenli, Chan Sam-lam, Cheung Yu-chu and Yu Mei-lai.  Kwok toured France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Mainland China, Macao and Taiwan. Kwok went on to win the Silver Award at the 2012 ‘CCTV Ethnic Instrumental Music Television Competition – Traditional Folk Ensemble Section’, organized by China’s Central Television. 

 

Wu Chun-hei

Guanzi

Wu Chun-hei is currently a freelance musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, an instructor of the Junior Music Programme of the School of Music of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, a part-time instructor and part-time performer with the Music Office, and a resident musician with the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble. Wu graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) Degree and Master of Music degree, where he majored in suona and guan under Guo Yazhi, Law Hang-leung, Xia Boyan and Lo Wai-leung.  He won the Best Performance Award at the first ‘China Wind Instrumental Music Festival’ in 2011 and the first ‘All China Suona Invitation Competition’ in 2013.  He has performed in Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Tianjin, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shantou, Malaysia and Russia.

 

 

Ticketing

 

Tickets available from 24 April onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card 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.

 

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.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

 

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

 

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

Programme Notes

Pre-concert Talk: A Close Look at Northwest China

(Conducted in Cantonese & Putonghua)

 

Speaker (Putonghua): Huang Kuang Yu

Speaker (Putonghua) & demonstration: Ma Di & Han Jingna

Moderator (Cantonese): Chan Chiu-yin

 

Free admission on a first-come-first-served basis

Venue Date & Time Price
AC1, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
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05.06.2014(Thu)
19:30
Free Admission

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