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Tse Chun-yan to share millennia-spanning history of the guqin

     Guqin music performer and composer Tse Chun-yan will share knowledge in the Chinese Music Lecture Series on Guqin, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and to be conducted in Cantonese, in September.

     The guqin has long been associated with the literati tradition of China. It has a history of more than 2,000 years and has continued to change with the social and cultural conditions as well as the development of Chinese music over time. This series of talks will discuss the various facets of Chinese music with reference to the guqin.

     Each talk will see performers, composers or academics give demonstrations and participate in discussions.

     Tse Chun-yan was born in Hong Kong and played the harmonica from age 6 until he picked up Chinese music in his 20s. He learned the zheng from Choi Ngar-si, and the guqin under Kwan Sing-yau, Lau Chor-wah and Tsar Teh-yun. He has composed a number of new guqin pieces and has given numerous public performances as a guqin soloist in Hong Kong. He has also performed in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Taipei, Dublin and London. One of his compositions, "Composition in Yifan Mode", has been selected as one of the test pieces in the Grade 6 guqin examination in the Mainland. He is the vice-chairman of the Deyin Qin Society, and an adjunct assistant professor and instrumental instructor on the guqin in the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has had two albums, "The Oil-Lamp Flickered" and "Autumn Moon and Winter Frost", published. Besides containing traditional pieces, the albums also include his own compositions.

     Details of the lectures are as follows:

September 12 (Wednesday)
Topic: The Guqin and Chinese Ancient Music Down the Ages
Guests: Yu Mei-lai (vocals) and Ng Ying-wai (guqin)

September 19 (Wednesday)
Topic: The Guqin and the Kuyin, the "Melancholy Tone"
Guests: Ho Kang-ming (pipa), To Wing (huqin), Chan Kwok-fai (zheng), John Yiu (guqin)

September 26 (Wednesday)
Topic: The Guqin and the Development of Chinese Music in the World Today
Guests: Yu Siu-wah (academic), Tang Lok-yin (composer), Wang Youdi (guqin)

     The lectures will start at 7.30pm at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum. Tickets priced at $50 for each lecture (free seating) 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 students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A group booking discount scheme is also available. Please refer to the programme leaflet for details.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321, or visit . For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit .

Ends/Wednesday, August 15, 2012


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