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March
Beloved Local Group to Showcase Chinese Music Gala

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One of the local Chinese music lovers' favourites, "Chinese Music Company of Hong Kong", will soon be giving their first performance in 2003, "An Evening of Drum, Dizi, Wind and String Music". Led by renowned virtuoso Tong Leung-tak, the group will stage the performances at 8pm on April 13 and 20 (Sunday) at the Studio Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Auditorium of the Yuen Long Theatre respectively.

Programme of the concerts includes a wide range of well-known Chinese music works such as Drum Music "Fight between Bull and Tiger", Yangqin Solo "Variation of The Ballad of Mulan", Erxian and Zheng "Liu-Qing-Niang", Jinghu Solo "In the Deep of the Night", Suona Solo "Nostalgia Ji Zhe", Pipa Solo "Silkworm", Erhu Solo "Singing over the Mountains", "Autumn Moon in the Han Palace", "Ancient Guangdong Melody", and the not-to-be-missed Yudi Solo "Three Five Seven". Soloists of the concerts include Cheung Heung-wah (Yudi), Yeung Yeuk-chai (Erxian), Luk Kin-bun (Dagu), Law Hang-leung (Suona), Chan Pik-yuk (Yangjin), Wong Lok-ting (Jinghu) and Tsang Hing-bun (Pipa).

Chinese Music Company of Hong Kong comprises of a group of young to middle-aged Chinese musicians under the guidance of renowned Chinese music virtuosi, educators, critics and composers. Following the Chinese music tradition of solo recitals and small to medium-sized ensembles, the Company focuses on the development, research and promotion of classical and folk music genres such as Jiangnan string and wind music, Cantonese music, operatic music and Chiuchow music in a bid to open up a new alternative beyond the mainstream symphonisation of Chinese music. In addition to giving concerts, the company is committed to the promotion of appreciation of Chinese music in the community through seminars, masterclasses and school outreach programmes.

Born in a family of many generations of musicians in Shanghai, Tong Leung-tak and his family members were already performing as Tang's Family Ensemble as early as the 1950s. Tong is a distinguished performer of the erhu as well as a famous educationist, composer and conductor. In April 1956, he was appointed by the Central New Film Philharmonic (now the China Film Philharmonic) of Beijing. Since then, he had held a variety of posts as erhu principal, deputy principal of the Philharmonic, leader of the classical music and Jiangnan wind and string music groups, principal of the light music band, acting principal of the band and acting conductor. During that time he was also engaged in teaching and composition. Tong moved to Hong Kong in September l977 and was appointed acting principal by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in October in 1977. Later, he was employed as a Training Officer by the Music Office in early July 1978, promoted to Senior Music Officer in 1982 and retired in September 1998. He was concurrently a part-time lecturer at the Music Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a visiting professor of erhu at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In l991, he was presented with the "Art Educationist of the Year Award" by the Hong Kong Artists' Guild. Despite his retirement, Tong still serves as an honourary executive member of the Chinese Folk Orchestra Society, a member of its Erhu Professional Group, an adviser of the Beijing Pipa Research Society and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the Hong Kong Folk Orchestra Society, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Chinese Music Instrumental Examination Association, the Music Director-cum-Artistic Director of the Chinese Music Company of Hong Kong, an honourary adviser of the Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra and the New Tune Chinese Orchestra.

Cheung Heung-wah was born in Hong Kong and received further training from dizi virtuosi Zhao Songting, Luo Dezai and Huang Jincheng in the Mainland. At the same time he learned to play the zheng under Chan On-wah. He graduated from the Guangzhou Conservatory of Music in 1984 and taught dizi at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since then. Over the years, he compiled and wrote graded teaching materials for the dizi.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, tickets priced at $100 (for HKCC's performance) and $100, $80 and $60 (for YLT's performance) are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (Limited student and CSSA tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis). A 10% discount is also available for Friends of LCSD performing venues.

Programme enquiries can be made on 2268 7321 or website www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp. Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 while credit card telephone booking on 2111 5999. You can also book your tickets through http://www.urbtix.gov.hk.

End/Friday, March 14, 2003

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