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Concert by The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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23.11.2013(Sat)
20:00
$140, $120, $100

About the Programme

 

The Family Legend – The Moon at Dawn over Lugou Bridge

Zhao Jiping

Stomp Dance (Hong Kong Première)

Wang Jianmin

Blue Fantasy (Hong Kong Première)

Gu Guanren

Parade of Gods - a Masked Ritual - dizi and orchestra

Chen Zhongsen

Local Customs along Huanghe (2nd, 4th Movement) –
double suona, double dizi and orchestra

Jing Jianshu

Oasis - dizi and ensemble

Mo Fan

Guanshan Capriccio - percussion concerto

Zhang Lie

 

About the Performer

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, Chen 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.

 

Guest Conductor: Zhang Lie

Zhang Lie is a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, the Executive Director of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society, Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Professional Committee of Conductors and a National Class One Conductor.  Zhang graduated from the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in 1984, and furthered his studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.  He is the Resident Conductor of the China Broadcasts National Music Orchestra and a Composer of the Orchestra’s Research and Development Centre.  He is the Artistic Director of the Guangdong National Orchestra of China, the Zhejiang Chinese Orchestra and the Henan National Orchestra.  He is also the artistic adviser and Guest Conductor of the Central Conservatory of Music, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

As a conductor, Zhang is sensitive and expressive, showing depth of emotion and an accurate grasp of the musical conceit while giving his insightful interpretation of each piece.  Zhang has been on performing tours in Europe, America and Asia, covering more than a dozen countries and regions. His accolades include an International Film Festival award and in China, the Five ‘One’ Project award, the Pan Millennium Young Musicians Award, and the title of ‘Top Performer’ by appointment of the Ministry of Culture.  As a composer, his oeuvre includes symphonies, dance dramas, scores for film and television, Chinese orchestral works, concertos and vocal music, numbering close to a hundred and winning many awards.  His percussion concerto, Guanshan Capriccio, has been in the stock repertoire of the Chinese orchestras in Singapore, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

 

Guest Dizi: Lin Yu-hsien#

Lin Yu-hsien graduated from the Tainan University of the Arts where she studied Chinese music, and pursued a postgraduate course in performance at the University’s Ethnomusicology Centre, majoring in dizi under Chen Chung-sheng.  For minor subjects of study, she also received training in conducting, Chinese vocal music and pipa under Gu Baowen, Chen Weiguang and Chen I-chien.  She has toured to many cities in Europe, the United States and China for performance.  She gave her first dizi solo recital in 2005, followed by her graduation concert in 2006.  She joined the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra as a dizi musician in 2008, and performed A Rainy Night in Autumn and Oasis at its concert series ‘HKCO4U – Three in Concert’ in 2009.  It was followed by a record release of the same title.  In 2010, she performed The Pirouetting Danseuse and the role of ‘Diao Chan’ in ‘The Four Beauties’ concert.

# By kind permission of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

 

Dizi: Cheung On-kai

Cheung On-kai first learned dizi under Wong Ka-wai, and is currently furthering his dizi training under Chan King-tsun and learning dongxiao under Tam Po-shek.  Further, he has been coached by the dizi virtuosi Zhang Yanwu and Li Zhen in performing techniques and stylistics.  Cheung made outstanding achievements at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.  A holder of a Certificate for Professional Performance in Dizi from the Central Conservatory of Music of China, he was a member of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, Alto Dizi Leader of Tsun Lok Dizi Ensemble Group, and Wind Leader of the Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra.  He is currently a member of the Tuen Mun Youth Chinese Orchestra, Wind Leader of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, and a Dizi Principal with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Chinese Orchestra.

 

Suona: Kwan Lok-tin

Kwan Lok-tin received his training in suona and guanzi under Guo Yazhi, and went to Shanghai to receive further coaching from suona virtuoso Liu Ying.  Kwan is currently studying for a Bachelor’s degree at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), majoring in suona under Xia Boyan, Acting Principal Suona of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO), with a minor in guan under the tutelage of Lo Wai-leung, Guan Principal also of the HKCO.  He won first place for both instruments in the Advanced Class in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, and was named one of the ‘Young Music Maker’ by RTHK in 2011.  He was the Concertmaster of the La Salle College Chinese Orchestra, and a resident suona musician with the HKAPA Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong Juvenile & Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra.

 

Suona: Fung Siu-hong

Fung Siu-hong has been trained in dizi and suona under Chan Wai-kin and Wong Chi-ho, as well as variously with others in guan and wind instruments, and then began furthering his guan training under Guo Yazhi.  Fung graduated from the Hong Kong Institute of Education where he majored in suona and guan under Lo Wai-leung, Guan Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, at the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts.  He holds a Grade 9 Certificate from the Central Conservatory of Music of China after passing the assessment examination for practical performance.  He currently plays suona and guan with the Hong Kong Juvenile & Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra, the Hong Kong Institute of Education Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra (guest) and the Academy Chinese Orchestra of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (guest), and guan with the Tai Po District Chinese Orchestra.

 

Percussion: Chan Lut-ting

Chan Lut-ting began learning Western and Chinese percussion under the tutelage of Luk Kin-bun and Law Hang-leung, and entered The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2009 to train in Chinese percussion under Yim Hok-man, and Western percussion under Margie Tong.  Chan and other musicians formed the group ‘Made in Hong Kong’ in 2003, which won the Open Class Championship in several of the annual Hong Kong Drum Festival organized by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.  He formed the group ‘Three-man Performance’ in 2013, which won a Class One Award at the 8th All China Juvenile Percussion Competition.  He is currently the Percussion Section Leader of the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, and a member of the group ‘Made in Hong Kong@Four Gig Heads’.

Ticketing

Tickets available from 23 October 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.  Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.  The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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