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September
Musician Ng Tai-kong honoured with Central Library exhibition

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The Hong Kong Public Libraries pays tribute to the late Ng Tai-kong, music master and founder of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, with an exhibition at the Hong Kong Central Library from tomorrow (September 18) until October 31.

"Music Encounter: Exhibition of Ng Tai-kong's Works" presents items from Mr Ng's collection, including original scores, manuscripts, photos and performance leaflets. They are on display in the Arts Resource Centre, 10/F Central Library.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was held today (September 17). Officiating guests were Deputy Director of the Leisure and Cultural Services (Culture), Miss Choi Suk-kuen; Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Mr Darwin Chen; CEO of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, Mr Elton Yeung; and Chairman of Council, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Ms Carlye Tsui.

Members of Mr Ng's family were also acknowledged for the donation of Mr Ng's personal collections to the Hong Kong Music Collection Campaign.

Mr Ng devoted his life to fostering the development of contemporary Chinese music and nurturing young musicians in Hong Kong. He composed almost 100 theme songs for Hong Kong and Taiwan films, including the popular "A Touch of Zen", "Raining in the Mountain", "The Story of Dr Sun Yat-sen" and the award-winning "Ti-ying" and "Legend of the Mountains".

Blending Chinese music with western orchestration, he composed and arranged such well-known Chinese music as "Dance Among the Coconut Groves", "Chance Encounter", "The Eighteen Variations on a Hu Pipe Melody", the dance drama "Romance of the Eastern Sea" and the gaohu concerto "The Butterfly Lovers".

The Hong Kong Music Collection Campaign was launched by the Hong Kong Public Libraries in December 2001 to preserve and document local musical development. It aims to assemble a large collection of local pop and classical scores and manuscripts, autographed posters, audio-visual materials, newspaper clippings, photos, letters and artists' contracts.

To date, over 10,000 items have been donated.

For enquiries on donations, please contact the Central Library's Arts Resource Centre at 2921 0259.

End/Wednesday, September 17, 2003

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