To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hong Kong City Hall and pay tribute to 20th century composers and arrangers of instrumental and vocal works in Cantonese music, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present three concerts titled "A Concert of Cantonese Music Masterpieces in Hundred Years" in March. This is a must-see opportunity for Cantonese music and opera fans to enjoy live performances of classic works.
In preparation for these concerts, musical scores have been retrieved from archives and rearranged for vocal performance by well known contemporary Cantonese opera artists. There will also be instrumental pieces to give a more comprehensive view of the genre over the past 100 years. The beautiful tunes selected may also bring back fond memories for many supporters of Hong Kong City Hall, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Renowned Cantonese opera virtuosi performing in the concerts include (in the listed order of their Chinese names) Wan Fei-yin, Ng Chin-fung, Yuen Siu-fai, Ng Mei-ying, Lee Lung, Nam Fung, Chan Wing-yee, Sun Kim-long, Koi Ming-fai, Lung Koon-tin and Chung Lai-yung. The vocal works include "Why Have You Not Returned", "An Emperor Travelling Incognito Flirted with a Commoner", "The Injustice Done to Dau Ngo", "Romance of the Lovers' Mirror", "Romance of the Phoenix Tower" and "Liu Jinding - Gao Junbao Secretly Visits the Barracks". Instrumental works include "Joyous Celebrations", "In Celebration of Good Times", "The Toll of the Temple Bell", "The Peacock Displays Its Beauty" and "Birds Returning to the Woods".
All shows start at 7.30pm. Details of the performances are as follows:
March 8 (Thursday); Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Performers: Ng Mei-ying, Lee Lung, Chan Wing-yee, Sun Kim-long, Koi Ming-fai and Chung Lai-yung
March 12 (Monday); Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Performers: Wan Fei-yin, Yuen Siu-fai, Ng Mei-ying, Lee Lung, Sun Kim-long, Lung Koon-tin and Chung Lai-yung
March 13 (Tuesday); Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Performers: Wan Fei-yin, Ng Chin-fung, Yuen Siu-fai, Nam Fung, Chan Wing-yee, Sun Kim-long and Lung Koon-tin
Tickets for "A Concert of Cantonese Music Masterpieces in Hundred Years" priced at $260, $200, $140 and $100 are now available at 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 the minders, 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).
For programme enquiries, call 2268 7325; for ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999. Internet booking is available at www.urbtix.hk. For more information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/chinese_opera/0000033b.html.
Ends/Thursday, January 26, 2012