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Erhu master Wang Guotong to perform in opening concert for Nan Lian Garden Music Series

     The phenomenal erhu master Wang Guotong will perform in the opening concert in January for the annual Nan Lian Garden Music Series presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

     Erhu master and music educator Wang, lauded for setting milestones in erhu performance, has composed and arranged several hundred erhu pieces and
études. He has been invited to give performances and lectures in more than 30 countries or cities around the world. With outstanding artistic achievements, Wang has been listed in "Who's Who in Contemporary Chinese Culture and the Arts", "A Dictionary of Chinese Artists" and the "Book of World Celebrities".

     Renowned Chinese music artists have been invited as guest performers for two concerts with Wang. They are erhu soloist Ray Wong, who will also perform a duet with Wang; zheng performer Xu Lingzi; and yangqin performer Guo Jiaying and pianist Zhang Baolong as accompanists.

     Details of the performances are as follows:
January 13 (Sunday), 2.30pm
Xiang Hai Xuan Multi-purpose Hall, Nan Lian Garden
Ticket price: $220 (free seating)
Programme: "Falling Snow", "Meditation During Confinement in Sickness", "Red Decorations in Candle Lights", "Song of a Promising Future", "Fisherman's Nocturne", "Triratna Buddha", "Autumn Moon in the Han Palace", "A Warm Southerly Breeze", "Rain Lashing on the Plantian", "The Grasshopper Teases the Rooster" and more.

January 25 (Friday), 8pm
Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
Ticket prices: $220, $150
Programme: "Away from Home", "Searching for Plum Blossoms After a Snowfall", "Flowers But Not", "Birdsong on a Desolate Mountain", "Apricot Blossoms Against a Blue Sky", "Mountain Ballad", "Exquisite Scenery of the South", "Undulating Waves in the Wheat Fields", "Conversation with the Lord", "Capriccio of the Taihang Mountain" and more.

     Tickets 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 (student tickets and limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). For more information about group and series booking discounts, please refer to the programme leaflet or the Nan Lian Garden Music Series programme brochure.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at . Visit  for more information on the programme.

     There will be lectures and demonstrations (conducted in Putonghua) hosted by Wang. He will talk about his journey in erhu music and demonstrate as well as compare erhu music by Liu Tianhua and Hua Yanjun.

     Details of the lectures and demonstrations are as follows:
January 12 and 19 (Saturday), 4pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall
Ticket price: $50 per lecture (free seating)

     A meet-the-artist session (in Putonghua) will be held after the concert on January 13. Admission is free.

Ends/Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Issued at HKT 11:01


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