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Chinese National Orchestra blends music with painting in November concert

Against the backdrop of the famous Chinese paintings that inspired them, works by seven Chinese contemporary composers will be performed by the Chinese National Orchestra on November 7 and 8 at Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium.

The concert, "Gallery of Chinese Symphonic Music", is a unique blend of the two art forms with a rich legacy in China.

The paintings are the work of artists of different schools spanning the Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties. The music takes the form of "symphonic dialogues" with the paintings, composed for orchestra, instrumental soloists and ensemble.

"Each composition will be played against a backdrop of Chinese paintings in an aesthetic ambience created by stage design and lighting," said Orchestra Master Gu Xiayang.

"Two art forms will merge in a concert experience that leads you down the gallery of China's cultural history."

The seven composers represented are Cheng Dazhao, Guo Wenjing, Li Fu, Tan Dun, Tang Jianping, Xu Zhijun and Zhao Jiping.

Xu Zhijun and Zou Xiaolong will conduct.

The programme consists of:

1) A Panorama of Chinese Landscape
"Sun Moon Mountain" for Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer: Guo Wenjing

2) Birds Paying Tribute to the Phoenix
"Birds Paying Tribute to the Phoenix" - A New Arrangement for Suona and Orchestra
Arrangement: Li Fu

3) The Pine
"Listening to the Pines" for Erhu and Orchestra
Arrangement: Li Fu

4) A Mice's Wedding
"A Mice's Wedding" for Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer: Cheng Dazhao

5) The Murals of the Dunhuang Grottoes
"Capriccio on the Ancient Road" for Pipa and Orchestra
Composer: Xu Zhijun

6) The Moon at Daybreak over Lugou Bridge
"The Moon at Daybreak over Lugou Bridge" for Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer: Zhao Jiping

7) Birds of All Feathers
"The Song of Flight" for Dizi and Orchestra
Composer: Tang Jianping

8) The Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River
"The Northwest Suite" for Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer: Tan Dun

Established in 1960, the Chinese National Orchestra is known for its rich repertoire of Chinese folk and traditional pieces. It also performs the works of modern Chinese composers, western classical music, and folk and traditional music from other countries.

"Gallery of Chinese Symphonic Music" is part of the "Legends of China" Festival organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The concert begins at 8pm on November 7 and 8 (Friday and Saturday). Tickets priced at $220, $160 and $100 are available at all URBTIX outlets.

Half-price tickets are offered to senior citizens, full-time students, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients. For group bookings and packages, discounts of up to 20% apply.

Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009.

Programme details can be found in the brochures obtainable at URBTIX outlets or at

For programme enquiries, call 2370 1044.

Ends/Thursday, November 6, 2003
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