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2012
July
Tianjin Song Art Troupe to showcase classic narrative singing of northern China
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     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Chinese Opera Festival 2012 has invited the Tianjin Song Art Troupe to perform in Hong Kong in late July. Renowned vocalists of the troupe include Wang Li, Hao Xiujie, Li Shaojie, Wang Zhe, Zhang Kai, Feng Xinrui, Wang Hongliang, Wang Jianmei and Kong Xiaomeng.

     In these upcoming concerts, the Tianjin Song Art Troupe will perform a variety of classics of the narrative song art. This will include examples of the stylistic schools of jingyun dagu (a narrative singing style in the Beijing dialect with drum accompaniment), the sonorous short-story narration of the Liu Baoquan school, the heartbreaking frailty of the Bai Yunpeng school, and the throaty kadiao style of the Luo Yusheng school. True to the saying that ”Tianjin is the home of song art”, the troupe will also perform various other song art genres, such as henan zhuizi (ballad singing to the accompaniment of the zhuiqin), meihua dagu (narrative singing with five instruments as accompaniment), xihe dagu, leting dagu, danxian, kuaibanshu (storytelling to the sound of bamboo clappers) and shandong qinshu (narrative singing of Shandong). These performances provide a rare opportunity for the public to enjoy a comprehensive presentation of the narrative singing styles of northern China.

     Details of the performances are as follows:

July 29 (noon)
Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre
Jingyun dagu, danxian, henan zhuizi, meihua dagu, xihe dagu

July 29 (3.30pm)
Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre
Jingyun dagu, danxian, meihua dagu, henan zhuizi, xihe dagu

July 29 (7.30m)
Theatre, Yau Ma Tei Theatre
Jingyun dagu, danxian, henan zhuizi, meihua dagu, xihe dagu

July 30 (7.30pm)
Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
Shandong qinshu, jingyun dagu, danxian, leting dagu, meihua dagu, henan zhuizi, kuanbanshu, xihe dagu

July 31 (7.30pm)
Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
Shandong qinshu, jingyun dagu, danxian, leting dagu, henan zhuizi, meihua dagu, kuaibanshu, xihe dagu

     All performances include Chinese surtitles and an English synopsis.

     Tickets ranging from $100 to $220 are available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card 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.) Please refer to the programme booklet for group and package booking discount schemes.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7325, or visit www.cof.gov.hk/2012/eng/prog09.php. For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit www.urbtix.hk.

Ends/Monday, July 9, 2012
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