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When Petals Fall in Serenity ─ Atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai

05.12.2014 (Fri)
06.12.2014 (Sat)
06.12.2014 (Sat)
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$480, 360
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Music and Dance Redefined through Ethereal and Serene Interaction


When Petals Fall in Serenity represents an insight into life.  If we see flowers blooming and petals falling as the most natural phenomena in nature, we can transcend common misgivings and face any rise and fall, birth and death with level-headedness and optimism.  We will be able to put our minds at ease and deal with obstacles and setbacks that come our way as we journey through life.  Dunhuang, deemed the most precious treasure trove of Chinese history, art and culture, may be viewed in the same light.  With the passage of time, the loss of the artefacts and weathering of the grotto paintings seem inevitable.  We could perhaps muster a positive artistic approach in which a modern outlook with a new perspective is used to re-interpret, and a contemporary idiom to pass on and re-invent the extant along a different artistic path.  It is with this in mind that the atmospheric music theatre When Petals Fall in Serenity was conceived.


When Petals Fall in Serenity has no storyline nor character-related emotions, only a mood of spiritual serenity. It is, essentially, a stylized concert.  Convoluted and introspective, the music highlights an undefined space for interpretation.  It incorporates the Tibetan singing bowl, vocals, Chinese orchestral and solo instrumental music, interpolated with poem, dance, lighting and media images.  Texts and images are merged into one to create a multi-disciplinary showcase of poetry, songs, dance, music and visual media.  Within a defined boundary, a unique dimension is created, which offers a glimpse of an aesthetic texture that explore artistic depths.


Law Wing-fai

Personnel and Cast


Director/ Composer/ Librettist: Law Wing-fai

Music Director: Wong Chi-ching

Set and Costume Designer: Tsang Man-tung

Lighting Designer: Leo Cheung

Video Designer: Shing Bok-man

Sound Engineer: Chan Pui-ching

Sound Effect Designer: Shao Qing

Music Coordinator: Lam Tsan-tong

Producer: RhapsoArts Management


Cello: Wendy Law

Vocalists: Margaret Yim, David Quah, Xu Zhibo

Dancers: Kong Wei, Ye Ran, Yang Zhijun

Pipa: Wong Chi-ching, Lam Tsan-tong, Gao Sijia, So Pui-yi

Erhu: Zhao Guanjie

Xiao: Zhang Fan

Dizi: Jiang Ning

Sheng: Loo Sze-wang

Percussion: Margie Tong

Guzheng: Au Yuen-ying

Guqin: Xi Yanen

Tibetan Singing Bowls: Tsang Man-tung

Yangqin: Alice Pan

Conductor: Peng Fei


Law Wing-fai

Director/ Composer/ Librettist

Law Wing-fai (Solo Theatre) is a leading composer in Hong Kong, and one of the few to have crossed over the boundary between commercial music and the arts.  He is currently the Artistic Director of Wuji Ensemble and was a Composer-in-Residence at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  He worked closely with Hong Kong’s New Wave directors in films during the 1980’s, having scored for more than 20 films including the award-winning Boat People, Dream Lovers and A Simple Life.  He was the founding Head of Composition of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, a position which he subsequently held for many years.  Law has presented many important works using Chinese-Western mixed instrumentation, the most representative of which are When Mountains Roar and Linli. He also founded Wuji Ensemble, a group that is known for its unique character. 
With a diverse oeuvre spanning serious and commercial music, Law has written for pop music, commercials, drama, opera and in particular, for over a dozen dance dramas such as Song of the Good Earth and Rouge.  His long list of accolades include the Irino Memorial Award presented at the Asian Composers’ League, the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Score, Composer of the Year by the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild, and being selected as one of the “Twentieth Century Masterpieces by Chinese Composers” by the Chinese Culture Promotion Society in Beijing.  Law’s score for the drama production The Peach Blossom Fan was awarded Best Original Music by the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies.  Law was also a five-time winner of the CASH Golden Sail Music Award between 2001 and 2008, with his opera Dreaming Plum Blossoms Away, Flowing Fancies for pipa and Western orchestra, Feng Liu for Chinese plucked strings, A Thousand Sweeps for pipa and Chinese orchestra, and Flowing Phantasm for Chinese orchestra.  In 2013, Law was awarded the Xinyi Cup granted by the Chinese Nationalities Orchestra Society in Beijing for his pipa concerto A Thousand Sweeps.


Wong Chi-ching

Music Director / Pipa

Wong Chi-ching entered the China Broadcast Chinese Orchestra in 1976 and was the Section Leader of Plucked-strings and Pipa Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO) from 1987-2013.  She founded Wuji Ensemble and Wuxin Ensemble in 2003.  Wong has performed as pipa soloist and with various renowned international orchestras on different occasions, among them the performance of When Mountains Roar with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; the mulit-media recital Pipa Images as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival; performance with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta at Saint-Riquier Festival in France; performance of Tan Dun’s Pipa Concerto with Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in the New Vision Arts Festival; performance of A Thousand Sweeps with Kyushu Symphony Orchestra of Japan; performances of Flowing Fancies with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; representing Hong Kong to participate in the China New Music Festival in Canada; performance with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in HKCO Virtuosi – Wong Chi-ching; tour in the United Kingdom; and performed at Taipei Little Giant Formosa Series Wong Chi-ching Solo Recital.  In 2011, the HKCO presented Wong in the solo concert Flowing Fancies.  The same year, Hugo Records released two solo albums by Wong – Pipa Wuqu and Pipa Wenqu.  In 2013, Wong performed in two solo recitals – When Petals Fall in Serenity presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, to raving reviews.



When Petals Fall in Serenity ─ Atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre05.12.2014 (Fri)
06.12.2014 (Sat)
06.12.2014 (Sat)
$480, 360
Buy Tickets


Tickets available from 13 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by mobile ticketing app and 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).


‘Great Music’ Package Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets for ‘When Petals Fall in Serenity ─ Atmospheric Music Theatre by Law Wing-fai’,  ‘The Tallis Scholars’, ‘Los Romeros Guitar Quartet’,  ‘Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’, ‘Piano Recital by Ivo Pogorelich’ and ‘Opera: Puccini’s Turandot’: 5% off for any 2 programmes; 10% off for any 3 programmes; 15% off for any 4 programmes or more.


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 1 hour 30 minutes without intermission.


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


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


The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.



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