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Famous Tang family maestros from Shanghai to perform Nov. 8


The Tangs, a family with a distinguished performing tradition of more than 100 years, will make their Hong Kong debut in November with a programme of Jiangnan string and wind music.

The family has been performing string and wind music since the 1880s, the only pause coming during the eight years of the War of Resistance against Japan. After the victory in August 1945, the Tang's Family Ensemble was established.

For three generations, male members of the family began music lessons at an early age under the tutelage of the patriarch, Tang Mingsheng. From the 1950's onwards, the Ensemble performed extensively in Shanghai, winning great acclaim.

As the only family orchestra in Shanghai, the Ensemble attracted much attention. During the early 1950s, the three brothers, Liangzhou, Leung-tak and Liangxing, appeared as guest artists in various regions of Shanghai and different counties in Pudong. Liangzhou was famous for his xiaosanxian solos, Leung-tak for his pipa and erhu solos and Liangxing for his pipa solos.

Jiangnan string and wind music dates back to the Tang dynasty. The genre was widely popular in the Qing dynasty and has become all the rage since 1945. Jiangnan string and wind music is known as "the Sound of Wuyue and the Music of Suhang", embracing "an elegant style, the features of ancient music, a leisurely character and a tender quality".

In their Hong Kong concert, the Tangs will perform eight masterpieces of Jiangnan string and wind music, including "Lao Liuban" (Old Sixty Beats), "Song of Joy", "Gala Melody" and "Festival March".

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents "Jiangnan String and Wind Music Concert by Tang's Family Ensemble of Shanghai" at 8pm on November 8 (Saturday) at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

Tickets priced at $150, $120 and $90 are 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. Please check programme leaflets for more booking discount schemes.

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 information, visit

An exhibition showcasing the heritage of the Tang family will be held from October 12 to 18 in the Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and from October 20 to 23 and October 25 to November 8 at the Exhibition Gallery, Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

On November 8, Tong Leung-tak, Music Director of the Ensemble, will give a pre-concert talk in Putonghua at 6.15pm in the Lecture Room, Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Admission is free with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

End/Monday, September 29, 2003

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