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2013
March
Traditional Mongolian music comes to Hong Kong
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     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Horqin Ensemble of Inner Mongolia will perform two concerts of ethnic Mongolian music in April.

     The concerts will feature traditional Mongolian musical instruments rarely seen in Hong Kong including the morin kuur and the haobishi. The programme includes the utin duu (long song) "The Cool Peaks", the khoomi (throat singing) "A Ritual Song", the Horqin folksongs "Dongshan My Love" and "The Pearl on the Green Grassland", the morin kuur pieces "Black Steed" and "Yurol - A Toasting Song", the Mongolian folksong "My Homeland" and the new work "Homecoming".

     The Horqin Ensemble of Inner Mongolia is made up of ethnic Mongolians who were born and raised in nomad families on the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. They learned to play traditional local instruments such as the morin kuur (horsehead fiddle) from their parents or folk artists when they were young, and later enrolled in professional music institutes where they received formal training. Upon graduation, they played in various professional performing arts troupes of Inner Mongolia before forming the ensemble. Each member is able to play bowed-string and plucked-string instruments as well as perform the unique Mongolian "throat singing" style known as khoomi. They have performed on CCTV gala shows and events in the Mainland and abroad, and have won many awards. Part of a new generation of Mongolian performers, they exhibit musical originality, robustness and an expansive style associated with the vast grasslands they call home.

     Detail of the concerts are as follows:

April 29 (Monday) 8pm
Black Box Theatre, Kwai Tsing Theatre
Ticket price: $220 (Free Seating)

April 30 (Tuesday) 8pm
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Tickets price: $220, $150

     Tickets are now 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). Group booking discount is also available.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321, or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/program_190.html. For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone booking, please call 2111 5999, and for Internet bookings, please visit www.urbtix.hk .

Ends/Monday, March 18, 2013
Issued at HKT 12:57

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