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"Celebration Concert” by The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
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09.12.2012(Sun)
16:00
$160, 140, 110
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Programme

Prelude of The Dagger Society   

Shang Yi

 

 

Dance of the Yao Tribe

Liu Tieshan & Mao Yuan

 

Arr. Peng Xiuwen

 

 

Erhu Concerto The Red Plum Capriccio

Wu Houyuan

Soloist: Lee Ka-him (erhu)

 

 

 

Scenes of the Four Seasons in Jiangnan

Kuan Nai-chung

  • for erhu, dizi, pipa, zheng and orchestra

 

Soloists: Kwok Ka-wing (erhu), Ling Cho-ho (dizi),

 

Chan Hiu-fung (pipa), Wong Yuen-chun (zheng)

 

 

 

The Tiny Shan Pui River

Joshua Chan

 

 

The Fairy of the Ninth Heaven   

Chen Ning-chi

 

 

Song of the Fishermen in the East Sea

Ma Shenglong & Gu Guanren

 

 

 

About The Performer

Guest Conductor: Xia Feiyun

Conductors: Chan Chiu-yin, Tse Kim-fei

Soloists: Lee Ka-him (erhu), Kwok Ka-wing (erhu), Ling Cho-ho (dizi), Chan Hiu-fung (pipa), Wong Yuen-chun (zheng

The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra

Founded in 1962, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra is a music organization under the Hong Kong YWCA and is one of the Chinese orchestras with the longest history in Hong Kong. The Orchestra has organized performances regularly to introduce Chinese folk music of different styles to the public and to provide training and performing opportunities to local young musicians. 

Beginning from 1996, the Orchestra’s concerts are mainly organized by the Hong Kong government, and were well received by the general public and the music profession. Apart from organizing concerts, the Orchestra participates actively in social services and performs for voluntary groups, including schools, social centres and elderly centres.

In recent years, the Orchestra has collaborated with an array of music virtuosi including Xia Feiyun, Jing Jianshu, Wang Fujian, Qu Chunquan (conductors), Li Zhen, Ma Di (dizi), Qi Baoligao (matouqin), Yang Wei (pipa), Jiang Kemei (banhu/jinghu), Zhang Gaoxiang (yangqin), Guo Yazhi (suona/guanzi), He Tao (erhu), Yang Xue (gaohu/erhu) and Luo Jing (zheng) as well as local music elites like Wai Sing-fat, Pang Yui-sing, Ho Man-chuen, Chan Ning-chi, Alfred Wong (conductors), Lo Wai-leung (suona/guanzi), Purple Lee, Jonathan Wong, David Lui (singers), Chau Chin-tung, Made in Hong Kong @ Four Gig Heads (percussion), The Bear Children’s Choir (choir), Loo Sze-wang (sheng) and Wong Lok-ting (erhu/gaohu). In 2007, the Orchestra toured to Melbourne, Australia to perform a joint concert with Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra. In 2012, the Orchestra was invited to perform at the Cultural Show of the 63rd Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China.  All the performances have received great acclaim from the audiences and the critics alike.

Xia Feiyun (Guest Conductor)

Xia Feiyun was born in 1936 in Zhejiang.  He entered the middle school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1953 with a violin that he made by himself to study violin as a specialism.  Three years later, he entered the Conservatory proper to study Chinese Music Conducting under Yang Jiaren, Wei Zhongle et al.  Upon graduation in 1961, he joined the faculty to teach while at the same time provided training for ensembles in Shanxi and Jiangsu.

With his solid training in Western music and his knowledge of the various characteristics of the Chinese musical instruments, Xia has great insight into the ethos of Chinese music.  He was the conductor for many ensembles and orchestras, including the Chinese Music Ensemble of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, the Chinese National Orchestra of China, the ensemble of the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe, etc.  He was also formerly the Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. He has been on overseas tour to perform and to give talks on several occasions.

Chan Chiu-yin (Conductor)

Chan Chiu-yin is a seasoned music administrator and has been engaged in instrumental music performance, teaching of music, training of orchestras and arts administration.  Chan is currently the Executive Director of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, an honorary committee member of the China Dizi Society, an honorary executive committee member of the Guangdong Dizi Society, President of the Hong Kong Chinese Instrumental Association, an executive member of the Hong Kong Bamboo Flute Society, Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, and Conductor of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Student’s Union Chinese Orchestra.

Chan began learning wind instruments such as dizi, flute, houguan and suona, and Chinese music conducting while he was still in secondary school. Chan graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, with a Bachelor of Education degree with honours and a Certificate of Music Teaching.  He has also taken Arts Administration and Musicology courses at HKU SPACE, and the Modern Distance Music Education College of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Tse Kim-fei (Conductor)

Tse Kim-fei started learning erhu at the Music Office in 1987.  He entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1994, majoring in erhu under erhu virtuoso Wang Guotong and studied conducting techniques under Liang Ti and Henry Shek.  He was awarded an Advanced Diploma from the Academy in 1998.  During his studies at the Academy, Tse was Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Orchestra.  He travelled to performances in Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom with the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Academy Chinese Music Ensemble.  He has performed at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Youth Music Festival, Government House concerts, Hong Kong Film Awards, the opening ceremony of Tsing Ma Bridge, and in CD records and TV commercials.

Tse is active in the local Chinese Music scene, and concentrates on participation and promotion of Chinese music activities.  He is now the resident musician of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble and resident conductor of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra.

Lee Ka-him (Erhu) #

Young huqin musician from Hong Kong, Lee Ka-him is an Assistant Music Officer (Chinese Music) at the Music Office, as well as conductor and manager of the Kowloon Youth Chinese Orchestra, and instructor of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra. 

Lee graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where he took a double major in gaohu under Yu Qiwei and erhu under Hou Shih-chieh.  He furthered his studies of erhu with Chen Yaoxing.  He was awarded several scholarships and graduated with a Diploma in Performing Arts (Music) and a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree at the Academy.  He had successfully given a solo recital at the Academy Concert Hall in 2010.  He was appointed Concertmaster of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra in 2008, and was frequently invited to perform with various groups and visited the Mainland China and various countries including Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Australia and Singapore.

# By kind permission of the Music Office

Ling Cho-ho (Dizi)

Ling Cho-ho graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Music, with a concentration in General Studies.  Ling first learned the dizi under Lee Yiu-cheung when he was in junior secondary school, and has been receiving training under Cheng Shing-tai since 2003.  He was a multiple winner in the annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival while he was in secondary school.  While studying Music at the Baptist University, he went with the HKBU Choir and the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra on tour to Australia.  He is currently a member of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra and the Feng Consort, at the same time working as a dizi instructor in many primary and secondary schools.

Kwok Ka-wing (Erhu)

Kwok Ka-wing started learning the erhu under Kwan Ping-man in the school instrumental class when he was in S.1.  It triggered his interest in Chinese music and apart from the huqin family, he is adept in playing the suona and the zhongruan.  He was a multiple winner in solo competitions at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, including one first runner-up and two second runner-up prizes for erhu, gaohu and zhongruan in the Advanced Class in 2007.  He was a former member of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, and is currently a member of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra.

Chan Hiu-fung (Pipa)

Chan Hiu-fung is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree in Chinese music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with a sanxian major under Zhao Taisheng and a pipa minor under Zhang Ying.  Chan started learning the pipa under Wong Yui-kiu when he was in junior secondary school, and went on to learn the sanxian under Zhao Taisheng when he was in senior secondary school.  He was a multiple winner in pipa and sanxian solo at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.  Last August, he attended the sanxian graded competition for the Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai regions held in Hangzhou, and won a Silver Award in the Specialism Section.

Wong Yuen-chun (Zheng)

Wong Yuen-chun started learning zheng from Tse Lai-chun when she was in secondary school.  In 1992, she furthered her studies of the instrument with Rao Ningxin, Associate Professor of Xinghai Music Conservatory in Guangzhou.  She entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1993 with a major in zheng.  She joined the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra in the same year.  At the Academy, she benefitted from the teaching of Wen Weizhen, Sha Lijing, Xu Lingzi and Zhou Yanjia and gained concert experience both within the Academy and in external engagements.  Wong graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree.  Wong is one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Christian Chinese Orchestra in 1997, with which she has been actively performing on tours.  The Orchestra has visited the Philippines, Perth in Australia, Munich, Regensburg and Bayreuth in Germany, as well as Singapore. She is currently working as a music therapist and zheng instructor.

Ticketing

Tickets available from 9 November onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by 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).

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. 

Programme Length
Running time of each concert is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes. 

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

Enquiries
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

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

 

Programme Notes

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