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Guqin master to give Hong Kong recital


Renowned guqin player Zeng Chengwei will give a recital in Hong Kong in mid-August. The recital is another in the Arts Care series, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The guqin, a seven-stringed zither, is China's oldest stringed instrument, with a history of about 3,000 years.

Zeng, a native of Chengdu, Sichuan province, graduated from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and is now a professor of guqin at the conservatory. He began his guqin lessons at an early age with his grandfather Yu Shaoze, a renowned guqin master of the Shu (Sichuan) school, and is regarded as one of the most representative guqin players of the Shu school. Zeng has given a number of recitals in the Beijing Concert Hall and released a CD "Shu (Sichuan) Qin Music". Zeng also makes the traditional instrument, winning high praise for his skilled craftsmanship.

His playing style is smooth - masculine and energetic, but balanced, representing the Confucian ideal of the middle way.

In the recital, Zeng will perform various melodies including "Confucius Reading the Book of Changes", "Autumn Water", "Orchid", "Flowing Water" and "Evening Song of the Drunken Fisherman".

Guqin Recital by Zeng Chengwei will be staged at 8pm on August 19 at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $150 are now available at all URBTIX outlets.

Patrons can enjoy a special offer of free selections from any of the Arts Care programmes: 20% discount for each purchase of four to seven tickets, or 40% discount for each purchase of eight or more tickets.

The Arts Care Scheme is also applicable to patrons with existing ticketing concessions: half-price for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis), or 10% off for Friends of Leisure and Cultural Services Department performing venues (up to two full-price tickets for any one performance).

A pre-concert talk (in Putonghua) hosted by Zeng will be held at 7.30pm on August 18 (Monday) at AC1, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit; for more details and information, visit

The Arts Care Scheme has also introduced Hotel and Food and Beverage Offers. Information can be obtained from performing venues and the Arts Care website:

End/Wednesday, July 9, 2003

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