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Nan Lian Garden Music Series – Erhu Recital by Wang Guotong

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Venue Date & Time Price
Xiang Hai Xuan Multi-purpose Hall, Nan Lian Garden
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13.01.2013(Sun)
14:30
$220
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Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
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25.01.2013(Fri)
20:00
$220, $150
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The Phenomenal Erhu Master

* Meet-the-artist session after the concert on 13 January (In Putonghua)

Programme

 

13.1.2013 (Sun)      Nan Lian Garden

 

Erhu Solo, with Electronic Synthesizer

Drifting snow

Ray Wong

 

Feeling

Ray Wong

 

 

 

 

Erhu Solo, with Yangqin

Meditation During Confinement in Sickness

Liu Tianhua

 

Red Decorations in Candle Lights

Liu Tianhua

 

 

 

 

Erhu Duet, with Yangqin

The Grasshopper Teases the Rooster (New Version)

Folk Song of Taiwan

Arr. Wang Guotong

Song of a Promising Future

Liu Tianhua

Arr. Wang Guotong

 

 

 

Erhu Solo, with Zheng

Fishermen’s Nocturne

Ancient Tune

Arr. Cao Zheng & Zhu Yuzhi

Triratna Buddha

Ancient Tune

Arr. Wang Guotong

 

 

 

Erhu Solo, with Electronic Synthesizer

A Lullaby for Our Baby

Ray Wong

 

Memories

Ray Wong

 

 

 

 

Erhu Solo

Autumn Moon in the Han Palace

Ancient Tune

Compiled by Jiang Fengzhi

A Warm Southerly Breeze

Ancient Tune

Compiled by Wang Guotong

 

 

 

Erhu, Yangqin and Zheng Trio

Rain Lashing on the Plantain

Folk Music of Guangdong

Arr. Wang Guotong & Ding Guoshun

 

 

 

25.1.2013 (Fri)       Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre

 

Erhu Solo, with Piano

Leaving                      Ray Wong

 

Erhu Solo, with Electronic Synthesizer

For Love

Ray Wong

 

 

 

 

Erhu Duet, with Piano

Searching for Plum Blossoms after a Snowfall

Huang Zi

Arr. Wang Guotong

Flowers But Not

Huang Zi

Arr. Wang Guotong

Birdsong on a Desolate Mountain       

Liu Tianhua

Arr. Wang Guotong

 

 

 

Erhu Solo, with Piano

Apricot Blossoms against a Blue Sky

Jiang Kui

Arr. Wang Guotong

 

 

 

Erhu Duet, with Piano

 

Mountain Ballad

Wang Guotong

 

 

 

 

Erhu Solo, with Electronic Synthesizer

Flying Snowflakes

Ray Wong

 

Love Forever

Ray Wong

 

 

 

 

Erhu Solo, with Piano

Exquisite Scenery of the South

Wang Guotong

 

 

 

 

Erhu Duet, with Piano

Undulating Waves in the Wheat Fields

Wang Guotong & Li Xiuqi

 

 

 

 

Erhu Solo, with Piano

Conversation with the Lord

Wang Guotong

 

 

 

 

Erhu Duet, with Piano

Caprice of the Taihang Mountains

Wang Guotong

 

 

About the Performer

Erhu: Wang Guotong

Guest Erhu: Ray Wong

Zheng: Xu Lingzi (13/1 only)

Yangqin: Guo Jiaying (13/1 only)

Piano: Zhang Baolong (25/1 only)

 

Wang Guotong (Erhu)

Wang Guotong, an erhu master and music educator, trained in erhu under Chen Zhenduo and Jiang Fengzhi, disciples of the distinguished maestro in erhu, Liu Tianhua.  He has been well-known in music circles since the 1960s.  His innovative rendition of The Sanmen Gorge Capriccio was hailed at the time as “having developed a new style” and “setting an epoch-making milestone for erhu performance”.  He has performed with leading orchestras and has been invited to lecture in more than 30 countries around the world.  He has also given close to one hundred erhu concerts and demonstration lectures in Hong Kong and the Mainland since 1994.  In 2008, Wang had a busy performance schedule which included appearances at the Master and Masterpieces from China concert in April, which was part of the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival presented by Stanford University in the United States, as well as the Wang Guotong Erhu Asia Tour 08 in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Nagoya and Kobe.  Since November 2008, Wang has given erhu recitals and lecture demonstrations in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Shanghai and Tianjin.  Everywhere he went, he was widely acclaimed.  In 2010, he was invited to participate in the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and he gave an erhu concert with students he has taught for the last 50 years, a demonstration lecture on erhu and a symposium on his art. All were critically acclaimed.  Over the years, he has composed and arranged several hundred erhu pieces and etude and has recorded over 40 albums. His album Reflections of the Moon on the Waters was awarded the First Gold Disc Prize by the China Record Corporation in 1989.  Wang Guotong’s Erhu Music also won the Best Selling Audio-Video Award which was presented by the Hong Kong Record Merchants Association in 2008.  In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the art of erhu, Wang was awarded the title “Outstanding Young Contributor at National Level” by the Chinese Government in 1992.  With his artistic achievements, he was listed in Who’s Who in Contemporary Chinese Culture and the Arts, Portraits of Famous Persons in Arts in Chinese and Overseas, A Dictionary of Chinese Artists, and the Book of World Celebrities – Cambridge Centre, the United Kingdom.  Currently Wang is the President of the Hong Kong Erhu Arts Centre, Director of Beijing Wang Guo-Tong Erhu Arts Center and Visiting Professor of the Central Conservatory of Music.

 

Ray Wong (Guest Erhu)

Ray Wong is currently General Manager of the Wang Dynasty Entertainment, a member of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH), President of the Hong Kong Erhu Arts Centre, and a part-time instructor at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Baptist University of Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE). He has performed in Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia.  As a recording artist himself, Wong has a discography of many popular works, including Touching - an album featuring all his own compositions, Amazing Grace, Love Fills the World and the album Autumn Thoughts which features the traditionals and the classics in Chinese erhu music.  Apart from performing and teaching, Wong is also the editor of several teaching aid kits for the erhu, and a prolific composer, with more than 60 Canto-pop songs to his credit, sung by many pop stars of Hong Kong.  Among his many original compositions, Autumn Feelings won the 1998 CASH Golden Sail Most Performed Works Award in the Local Serious Work category.  He was presented the "Outstanding Instructor Award for Professional Erhu" by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture of China in 2006 in recognition of his contribution to erhu music.

 

Xu Lingzi (Zheng)

Xu Lingzi is a famous guzheng virtuoso, a National Class One Performer, supervisor on a Master’s degree programme, and director of the Guzheng Commission for Professional Artists under the China Nationalities Orchestra Society. She graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and joined the faculty upon graduation in 1983, where she was subsequently presented with a Commendation Award and Outstanding Teacher Award. She was seconded to be a soloist with the China National Orchestra, and was the winner of the first ever China Gold Records Award in 1989 with two of her recordings.  She was listed in the Who’s Who of Contemporary Artists in China.  As a soloist, she has toured 20 countries and regions.  She is at present teaching Chinese music at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  She has given lectures on the stylistic schools of zheng music, its expressiveness and the many qualities of zheng techniques at the top music institutions in Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing, as well as many series of talks in Hong Kong.

 

Guo Jiaying (Yangqin)

Guo Jiaying graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Music (Hons) and a Master’s degree in Yangqin Performance.  She trained in yangqin performance under Chan Sam-lam, Cheung Yu-chu and Yu Mei-lai.  She also trained in guzheng under Xu Lingzhi.  During her studies at the Academy, she benefitted from the coaching of such music virtuosi as Gui Xili, Yu Qiwei, Tang Kaixuan and Pan Weiwen.  In 2005, Guo entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts on a full scholarship.  She was awarded the Hongkong Bank Foundation HKSAR/Mainland Exchange Scholarship Programme and the Society of The Academy for Performing Arts scholarships every year during her study at the Academy.  She has represented Hong Kong to give performances in the Mainland, Germany, France and Belgium.

 

Zhang Baolong (Piano)

Zhang Baolong is taking postgraduate studies in Piano Performance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under the supervision of Professor Eleanor Wong.  He came sixth in both the KAWAI Asia Piano Competition – Open Class and the TOYAMA Asian Youth Piano Competition.  While at the Academy, he held several solo recitals and performed in joint concerts.  He also gave two chamber concerts featuring all Schumann and all Dvorak works.  He has performed at the Hong Kong City Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre with the erhu virtuosi, Wang Guotong and Ray Wong, and at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall and the Shenzhen Concert Hall.

Ticketing

Tickets available from 12 December 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.

Other programmes in the ‘Nan Lian Garden Music Series’ includes Japanese Koto Concert, Concert by Wind and Silk, Fujian Nanyin Concert and “When Petals Fall in Serenity…” Pipa Recital by Wong Chi-ching.

 

Group Booking Discount

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

 

Enquiries

Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999

Programme Enquiries:2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009

 

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

Programme Notes

13/1
13/1
25/1
25/1

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