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Talks to share reminiscences on Cantonese opera predecessors

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Chinese Opera Festival 2013 will present a series of talks entitled "Reminiscences - The Predecessors of Cantonese Opera" in May and June.

     The preservation of Cantonese opera as a legacy and its continuation in Hong Kong have been made possible through the hard work, experimentation and promotional efforts of generations of Cantonese opera virtuosi and enthusiastic academics. Coming from different backgrounds, they have shared the same fervent interest in Cantonese opera and have contributed tremendously to this cultural gem. The series of talks will focus on the lives and times of five esteemed predecessors.

     They are Lai Kin, a seasoned music critic and curator of programmes who had a strong music background himself; Leung Hon-wai, a lead actor in Cantonese opera and an all-round expert on the art form, in particular the percussion ensemble; Yu Mo-wan, a highly esteemed chronicler of the history of Cantonese opera and Hong Kong films; and Yip Shiu-tak and So Yung, two librettists who penned some of the best works in Cantonese opera in Hong Kong. Although they are no longer with us today, the paths they paved and the work they did will continue to be available to guide later generations.

     Details of the talks (in Cantonese) are as follows:

Date and time: May 4 (Saturday), 2.30pm
Venue: Foyer, Level 4, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Topic: "Lai Kin - Unbroken Ties with Cantonese Opera"
Moderator: Chen Shu
Speakers: Yuen Siu-fai, Cham Lai Suk-ching, Sun Kim-long

Date and time: May 11 (Saturday), 2.30pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
Topic: "Leung Hon-wai - A Passion for Cantonese Opera"
Moderator: Chan Hung-chun
Speakers: Nam Fung, Leung Wai-hong, Tang Mi-ling

Date and time: May 18 (Saturday), 2.30pm
Venue: AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Topic: "Yu Mo-wan - Cantonese Opera and Film"
Moderator: Yuen Tsz-ying
Speakers: Yuen Siu-fai, Chow Lai-yiu, Law Kar

Date and time: May 25 (Saturday) 2.30pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
Topic: "Yip Shiu-tak - The Librettist and Composer of Cantonese Opera"
Moderator: Wan Chi-pang
Speakers: Sun Kim-long, Tang Mi-ling, Lung Koon-tin

Date and time: June 8 (Saturday), 2.30pm
Venue: AC1, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Topic: "So Yung - A Cantonese Opera Dramaturge's Dream"
Moderator: Law Kar-ying
Speakers: Ng Mei-ying, Lee Lung, Lung Koon-tin

     Tickets priced at $60 (free seating) 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).

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7325; for ticketing enquiries call 2734 9009. For telephone credit card bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at For more information, visit

Ends/Friday, April 5, 2013
Issued at HKT 10:00


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