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Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra – “The Great Evacuation”

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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05.10.2013(Sat)
20:00
$140, $120, $100
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Programme

Liu Wenjin

Impressions of Taihang Mountain

Chen Ning-chi

Ancient Capital

Phoon Yew-tien

Moon on the Great Wall (Speech: Inglid Li)

Alfred Wong

Digital Hub

Sui Lijun

Guandong Overture

Gao Yang, Zhang Shigong & Tang Fu

Princess Wencheng (Sheng Solo: Cheng Ho-kwan)

Tang Lok-yin

The Great Evacuation (World Premiere)

(Commissioned by Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra in 2013 with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund.)

 

About the Performer

Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra

Since its establishment in 1979, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra has been a driving force behind Chinese music. Apart from giving regular concerts in Hong Kong, it has been invited to perform in Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States, Sichuan and Zhejiang in China, Malaysia, Australia, etc. In these musical exchange activities, the Orchestra has established close ties with the local organizations and cultural sectors.  The orchestras it has collaborated with include the China Chengdu National Music Orchestra, the China Youth Chinese Music Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Music of Beijing, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Tianjin Folk Orchestra, Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra of Singapore, Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra of Australia, the Professional Cultural Centre Orchestra of Malaysia, etc. The Orchestra has collaborated with many music virtuosi, including Kuan Nai-chung, Song Guanghai, Wang Fujian, Yang Li, Xiao Baiyong, Wong On-yuen, Yu Qiwei, Ubulikasm, Liu Ying, Sun Huang, Chen Ruibin, Li Chuanyun, Guan Mucun, Chen Lingyu, Huang Hongying, Tang Biao, Gong Linna, among many others.

The Orchestra regularly participates in concerts presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It also participated in the concerts organized by the Department for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Hong Kong 2009 East Asia Games. It has performed in charity concerts for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Regeneration Society, China Star Light Charity Fund Association, Xuan Yuan Education Fund Association, etc.  The Orchestra has cut many recordings in tape and CD formats, including the Golden Disc Award winner, Fishermen’s Song of the East Sea. The current Resident Conductor of the Orchestra is Wai Sing-fat, Ho Man-chuen, the famous conductor and former Music Officer of the Chinese Music Section of the Music Office, joined the Orchestra as Artistic Director cum Principal Conductor in May 2012

 

 

Ho Man-chuen  

Artistic Director/Principal Conductor

Ho Man-chuen is a renowned music educationist and conductor. Emigrated to Hong Kong in 1980, Ho joined the Music Office of Hong Kong and had held the position as Assistant Music Officer and Music Officer until his retirement in 2009. During his tenure, he has nurtured numerous young musicians. Ho is currently appointed as an instructor of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and resident conductor of its Chinese Orchestra; Artistic Director of Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble; and Artistic Director cum Principal Conductor of the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra.

Ho received tuition on conducting with Xia Feiyun, and participated conducting masterclasses held by Tang Muhai, Chen Zuohuang and Peng Xiuwen. Ho had been conductor of Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra of Music Office for 29 years and taken the orchestra to tour the United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Nanjing in China. In Hong Kong, Ho has conducted numerous orchestras including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong United Chinese Orchestra (for 1997 reunification concert), Academy Chinese Orchestra of The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Yao Yueh Chinese Orchestra, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, etc. Ho has collaborated with various soloists including Min Huifen, Xiao Baiyong, Yu Qiwei, Zhu Changyao, Hao Yuqi and Gong Yi, etc.

 

 

Wai Sing-fat  

Conductor

Wai Sing-fat graduated from the Diploma course of The Hong Kong Conservatory of Music, Bachelor Degree course of the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Master Degree course from the School of Business and Administration of The Open University of Hong Kong. Wai was first initiated into conducting at a conducting course first organized by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and taught by Miran Kojian in 1984. He has conducted many orchestras, and even founded the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra (HKMLCO) in 1979 with a group of young musicians. Under Wai’s baton, the HKMLCO had performed widely in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the United States. Wai also conducted the HKMLCO in a CD recording produced and distributed by BMG, which won a Golden Disc Award in 1992. Wai served as a guest conductor for various local and overseas orchestras, conducted the premiere of a number of modern compositions and maintained keen interest in training youth orchestras. In 1997, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra organized the first concert in the 1997 Reunification Music Festival and invited more than 20 orchestras to form the Hong Kong United Chinese Orchestra performing in the concert. Wai was elected to be the conductor and chairman of the organization committee of the combined orchestra.

 

 

Cheng Ho-kwan  

Sheng Solo

Cheng Ho-kwan learned the sheng under Hau Chi-yeung and Leung Yan-chiu while studying at the Diocesan Boys’ School. He won the first prize for Sheng – Junior Class, Senior Class and Advanced Class and was first runner-up in the Chinese Instrumental Solo at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival between 2004 and 2007. Cheng is currently studying music at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in sheng under Cheng Tak-wai, with a minor in Chinese percussion under Yim Hok-man. He has attended masterclasses by Hu Tianquan, Weng Zhenfa and Loo Sze-wang. In 2010, he was awarded the Enchanting Music Scholarship and the Hong Kong Bank Foundation Hong Kong – Mainland Exchange Scholarship, Grantham Scholarship and HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund.  In 2012, he was named a Young Music Maker by the Radio Television Hong Kong and participated in recording, video and CD releases.

Cheng also won in the Academy Concerto Competition in three consecutive years in 2010 to 2012, which he performed with the Academy Symphony Orchestra of The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Over the years, Cheng has gone on performance tours, covering Beijing, Taiwan and Japan, etc. In 2010, he was invited to give a solo and ensemble performance at the Setouchi International Arts Festival in Japan. More recently, he performed with the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra at the 2011 Contemporary Chinese Orchestra Festival in Chang Hua, Taiwan. Cheng is currently a Principle Sheng at the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra.

 

Ticketing

Tickets available from 5 September 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 each performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Enquiry

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking : www.urbtix.hk

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

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

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