Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra will perform concerts of popular Chinese music in December 2011 and January 2012.
The concerts will feature renowned Chinese music conductors Xia Feiyun (December 4 only) and Zhao Xintai (December 10 only), conductor and erhu soloist Ching Sau-wing, erhu soloist Wan Hei-man, guzheng soloist Yu Hong and Ng Hiu-hung, dizi soloist Chan Chun-nin and Cheng Chawen, and pipa soloist Lam Siu-king.
The programme includes the popular pieces such as "TV Theme Suite", "Spring Festival Overture", "Shepherd's New Song", "Ballad of Lan Hua Hua", "The Newly Weds' Farewell to Each Other", "Little Stream", "Moonlight over Spring River" and "Honghu Capriccio", among other works.
Established in 1994, the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra endeavours to promote Chinese culture, to enhance the development of Chinese music in the territory, and to foster extensive exchange activities between local and overseas musicians. The orchestra has released three albums of Chinese music. "The Three Maestros", recorded with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, which includes selected erhu pieces, is one of the best-selling albums in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2000, the Orchestra organised a series of five concerts and 11 seminars were in "A Retrospective Look at Chinese Music in the Twentieth Century". The programme attracted great interest among music circles in the Mainland and overseas.
Detail of the programmes is as follows:
December 4 (Sunday), 8pm
Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre
December 10 (Saturday),8pm
Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
January 7, 2012 (Saturday), 8pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
The concert by Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra is one of the attractions of the "Cheers!" series. Tickets priced from $100 to $160 are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by credit card telephone booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20 per cent is offered for the "Cheers!" series and group booking. Please refer to the programme leaflet for details.
For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit www.urbtix.hk. For more information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/00000313.html.
Other programmes in the "Cheers!" series include "Fruit Story" by Fantasy Puppet Theatre; The puppet ballet "The Little Mermaid" by Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu Puppet Troupe of China; "An Evening of Ballet Music" by the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra; "The Snowman & The Bear" by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; "A Fantastic Journey @ X'mas" by Jumbo Kids Theatre; "The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer" by Weeping Spoon Productions (Australia); Hong Kong Oratorio Society 2011 X'mas Concert: "A Thankful Christmas"; "Heroic Boys" by the Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China; Red Star Red Army Chorus (Russia); "ONIONOISE" by the Vegetable Orchestra (Austria); and "The Little Snowman & Sunflower II" by Make Friends With Puppet. Please check the booklet and individual programme leaflets for details.
Ends/Monday, November 7, 2011