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July
Father-and-Son huqin masters to perform in Hong Kong

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Renowned father-and-son huqin players Wong On-yuen and Wong Sun-tat will give two recitals in Hong Kong in early August. The programme, another initiative in the Arts Care series, is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The two huqin masters will perform a number of melodies including Gaohu Ensemble "The Butterfly Lovers" exerpts; Erhu Duet "Spring"; Erhu Solo "Reflections of the Moon on the Waters" and "Torrents of the River". There will also be world premieres including "Guangling - Never to be Played Again" and "Liquormania" by Chan Hing-yan, "Teresa Teng Golden Hits Ensemble" and "Golden Hits Ensemble" arranged by Huang Xiaofei.

"Huqin" (pronounced hoo-chin) is a general term for the two-stringed bowed instruments that include the erhu, jinghu, gaohu, banhu and zhonghu.

Wong On-yuen, a master of these "Huqin" instruments, is one of the most active Chinese music performers in the music and recording circle. Wong has given more than a hundred recitals in Hong Kong and many other cities. He has collaborated with many famous Chinese and Western symphony orchestras, and has also made 26 discs as a soloist and produced 26 albums of Chinese music. Over the years, Wong has won numerous awards including the Gold Tripod Awards for best performance and for best recording in 1984 and 1987 respectively by the Taiwan Government Information Office. He was selected as one of Hong Kong's "Ten Outstanding Young Persons", and awarded as "Music Performer of the Year" by the Hong Kong Artists Guild and "The Most Outstanding Asian Artists Award" by the Chinese-American Arts Council of New York.

His son, Wong Sun-tat, won the championship in the Erhu Open Section at the age of nine. He was admitted into the middle school affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music where he studied under Nie Jingyu, Zhang Shao and Zhang Yuming. He also received training from renowned masters like An Ruli, Zhao Hanyang, Li Heng and Liu Changfu. He has won many international awards for Chinese Music. The younger Wong has given erhu recitals in Beijing and Hong Kong and joined his father in staging father-and-son concerts in the United States, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 1997, he became a full member of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and is currently a gaohu deputy principal of the orchestra.

"Huqin Concert by Wong On-yuen and Wong Sun-tat" will be staged at 8pm on August 8 (Friday) at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre theatre and August 9 (Saturday) at the Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre theatre. Tickets priced at $100 and $70 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 the Leisure and Cultural Services Department performing venues (up to two full-price tickets for any one performance).

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 www.urbtix.gov.hk; for more details and information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp.

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: www.lcsd.gov.hk/specials/arts-care.

End/Friday, July 11, 2003

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