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Traditional Cantonese "hard-bow" concert by local veterans

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Guangdong Music Series will present Cantonese Music in Hong Kong - A Concert of "Hard-bow" Ensemble in October. The concert will be performed by veteran local musicians and features a selection of "hard-bow" works from the traditional repertoire of Cantonese music.

     During the concert, Ho Kang-ming will explain aspects of the music in Cantonese, while a group of veteran musicians including Yu Mau (suona, houguan, dizi), Wong Hon-keung (Ensemble Leaders on the drums), Tse Chi-ming and To Wing (erxian and tiqin) will lead up-and-coming musicians in playing the traditional Cantonese selections.

     Most traditional Cantonese music features a hard-bow combination of erxian, zhu tiqin, flute, houguan and other ancient instruments, making the ensemble more robust and vigorous. This fascinating programme includes the ensemble masterpieces "Excerpts from The Eight Celestials Sending Their Birthday Wishes", "Wild Geese on the Sandbank", "Boarding the Fishing Boat", "An Ingot of Gold", "Song of the General" and "Selling Groceries". There will be also erxian, sanxian and yangqin solo performances for "An Enebriated Tune", "Butterflies Flying in Pairs" and "Dao-Chui-Lian" respectively.

     Cantonese Music in Hong Kong - A Concert of "Hard-bow" Ensemble is one of the programmes of the Guangdong Music Series presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The programme will be staged at 8pm, October 13 (Saturday) at the Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre. Tickets priced at $160 and $120 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 "Guangdong Music Series" package. A group booking discount scheme is also available. Please refer to the programme leaflets for details.

     Other Guangdong Music Series programmes include "Mesmerizing Wind and Bowed-strings" - A Concert by the Hong Kong Yue Yue Tuan,
A Concert by the Cantonese Music and Song Art Troupe, "Cantonese Music and Its Roots" by the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble and "A Tribute to Wan Chi-chung, Guiding Light in Cantonese Saloon Music in Hong Kong".

     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/Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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