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October
Chinese Music Company gives concerts on November 16 & 23

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The Chinese Music Company of Hong Kong, led by its music director, the renowned virtuoso Tong Leung-tak, will give two performances of "An Evening of Drum, Dizi, Wind and String Music" next month.

The concerts, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, are scheduled for the Studio Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on November 16 and the Auditorium of the Yuen Long Theatre on November 23. Both begin at 8pm.

On the programme are a wide range of well-known Chinese works, including the drum music "Fight Between Bull and Tiger", the yangqin solo "Variation of The Ballad of Mulan", "Liu-Qing-Niang" for erxian and zheng, the jinghu solo "In the Deep of the Night", the suona solo "Nostalgia Ji Zhe", the pipa solo "Silkworm", the erhu solos "Singing Over the Mountains", "Autumn Moon in the Han Palace" and "Ancient Guangdong Melody".

Not to be missed is the yudi solo "Three Five Seven".

Soloists include Cheng Yuk (yudi), Yeung Yeuk-chai (erxian), Luk Kin-bun and Law Hang-leung (dagu), Chan Pik-yuk (yangjin), Wong Lok-ting (jinghu), Lui Kwan-on (zhongruan) and Tsang Hing-bun (pipa).

The Chinese Music Company of Hong Kong was founded under the guidance of outstanding virtuosi, educators, critics and composers. Following the tradition of solo recitals and small to medium-sized ensembles, the company focuses on classical and folk genres such as Jiangnan string and wind music, Cantonese music, operatic music and Chiuchow music as an alternative to mainstream symphonisation. In addition to its concerts, the company promotes appreciation of Chinese music through seminars, masterclasses and school outreach programmes.

Born in Shanghai, the distinguished erhu player, educationist, composer and conductor Tong Leung-tak was performing as a member of the famous Tang's Family Ensemble as early as the 1950s. He moved to Hong Kong in September l977 and was appointed acting principal by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra a month later.

For a decade until his retirement in 1998, he worked for the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. 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 named "Art Educationist of the Year" by the Hong Kong Artists' Guild.

Tong is an honourary executive member of the Chinese Folk Orchestra Society, and an advisor to the Beijing Pipa Research Society and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, among many other groups.

Tickets priced at $100 for the Hong Kong Cultural Centre performance and $100, $80 and $60 for the Yuen Long Theatre performance 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. A 10% discount is also available for Friends of LCSD performing venues. For group bookings, the following discounts apply: 10% for four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets, and 20% for 20 tickets or more.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp. Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through the website, www.urbtix.gov.hk.

Ends/Friday, October 17, 2003

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