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Renowned erhu master Wang Guotong to showcase in August

Renowned erhu master Wang Guotong, will perform in Hong Kong next month with guest erhu performer Wong Hae; zheng accompanist Xu Lingzi and piano accompanist Cheng Wai.

"Erhu Recital by Wang Guotong", presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be held on August 28 at 8pm at the Cultural Activities Hall of the Tuen Mun Town Hall and on August 29 at the Auditorium of the North District Town Hall.

Wang Guotong has been well known since the 1960s. His innovative rendition of "The Sanmen Gorge Capriccio" was hailed at the time as "having developed a new style" and "setting an epoch-making milestone for erhu performance". Performing and lecturing on invitation in more than 20 countries, Wang has also given dozens of recitals and lecture-demonstrations in Hong Kong and on the Mainland.

Over the years, Wang has composed or arranged several hundred erhu pieces and etudes and recorded about 30 albums. His album "Reflections of the Moon on the Waters" was awarded the First Gold Disc Prize by the China Record Corporation in 1989. In collaboration with Man Ruixing and other musicians Wang has created the square and round erhu, the low-tuned thick-stringed erhu, and the flat octagonal gaohu. These inventions won the Technical Achievement Award given by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and were listed in "The Pictorial Handbook of Chinese Instruments".

Wang was conferred the title "Middle-aged and Young Expert with Outstanding Contributions" by the Chinese Ministry of Personnel in 1992. His artistic accomplishments are detailed in "Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese Cultural and Artistic Celebrities", "Dictionary of Chinese Artists", and "A Book of World Celebrities - Cambridge Centre, UK". He is the head of Chinese Music of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, a guest professor at China's Central Conservatory of Music and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Erhu Art Centre.

Programme in the recitals includes "Autumn Moon above the Han Palace", "Fish Hawks Dabbling in Water", "The Parting at Yang Guan" and "Fishermen's Nocturne" (erhu & zheng); "Reflections of the Moon on the Waters" and "Listening to the Pines" (erhu solo); "Capriccio on Meditation in the Boudoir" and "Reverie on Shu Yu Spring" (erhu solo with piano accompaniment); "Falling Snow" and "Yesterday, Today" (erhu & electronic music) and "Mountain Ballad" (erhu duet with piano accompaniment).

Tickets priced at $90 for Tuen Mun Town Hall; $70 and $100 for North District Town Hall are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. For Internet bookings, go to . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programme.

Ends/Wednesday, July 28, 2004
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