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Erhu master to present new interpretation of masterpieces


Erhu maestro Xiao Baiyong will delight audiences with his unique interpretation of traditional masterpieces when he performs in Hong Kong in December.

Shanghai native Xiao Baiyong is ranked as a national class one performer by China's Ministry of Culture. He moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong and is currently living in Taiwan. Xiao has won numerous awards over the years, and performed with the Central Song and Dance Troupe in the Soviet Union, Romania, Poland and Mongolia as a soloist. In the 1960s, he performed before Chairman Ho Chi Minh with the Shanghai Cultural Workers' Representatives, and gave a recital of famous pieces like "Reflections of the Moon on the Water" before Chairman Mao Zedong at Jinjiang Hall in Shanghai. In 1993, his album, entitled "All Red the River", went platinum in three months, - a record for both Chinese and classical music.

In another recital held in 1979, Xiao performed more than 20 erhu, zhonghu, gaohu and banhu pieces with different themes and styles at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The unprecedented recital featuring various string instruments caused quite a stir in music circles. In the same year, he also received critical acclaim for his recital in Shanghai before former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His performance at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong in 1994 was also highly praised.

In this concert, Xiao will premiere his new arrangement of erhu masterpieces by maestros Liu Tianhua and Ah Bing, such as "Meditation during Confinement in Sickness", "Moonlit Night", "The Depressed Song", "Song of Sorrow", "A Ditty on the New Year Eve", "Cold and Windy Spring" and "Reflection of the Moon on the River". Local pianist Angela Au and numerous gifted local Chinese folk and western music players will join the concert as accompanists.

"Xiao Baiyong in Concert: A New Interpretation of Erhu Masterpieces" will be staged at 8pm on December 6 (Saturday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $150, $110 and $90 are now 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.

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

Ends/Wednesday, October 29, 2003

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