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“Music Delight” Series: Xu Ke & Tokyo String Quintet
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The concert to be held on 14 December 2019 (Sat) at 8pm at Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall has been changed to 3pm on the same day at the same venue.  All original tickets remain valid.

For refunds, please keep the original intact ticket(s) (with stub) and contact the Cultural Presentations Section at 2268 7321 or by email (cp2@lcsd.gov.hk) during office hours by 10 January 2020 (Fri).  Late requests will not be accepted.

For enquiries, please contact the Section during office hours. 

 

Extraordinary strings crossover party with “Paganini of the Erhu world” and top notch chamber musicians of Tokyo

 

The Tokyo String Quintet of Japan’s concert with Chinese erhu virtuoso, Xu Ke, brings out the diversity in crossovers.  A string quintet is usually formed of four string instruments and a non-string instrument, but the Tokyo String Quintet of Japan goes against convention with the combination of first violin, second violin, viola, cello and double bass.  The setting with five string instruments is already complicated enough, but the five artists are not satisfied with this.  In the upcoming concert, erhu player Xu Ke will join them in exploring the question: what kind of varied and layered music will they make when they play six string instruments together?

 

Not only is their music varied, the songs performed by the sextet also underscore their diversity.  The concert's unusual repertoire covers crossover genres that range from rock, pop, classical to folk, illustrating the lyrical and versatile sounds of erhu, and constructing a context for the interactions between the Eastern and Western instruments.  The programme includes classics as well as rearrangements of traditional music.  When we speak of erhu, we tend to associate the instrument with classics like Reflections of the Moon on Erquan Spring or Autumn Moon in the Han Palace, but Xu Ke clearly has a different understanding of the instrument of his own.  The pieces especially arranged for erhu and chamber ensemble will lead the audience into an exotic, fantastical and mysterious realm.  With no limits imposed, the musicians freely choose their repertoire and “perform old songs in new ways”, savouring the timeless beauty of the instruments and distinctive poetics both old and new in the changing melodies.

 

By performing songs that embody both Chinese and Western cultures, the six crossover musicians showcase the varied sounds of the string instruments, and the dialogue between Eastern and Western music.  As Xu Ke said himself: who says you cannot produce the sounds of a four-stringed violin with a double-stringed erhu?

 

Programme introduction written by Li Meng

 

 

The performance will run for about 1 hour and 30 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.

Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually.  Latecomers will only be admitted during the intermission or at a suitable break.

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists.

Erhu: Xu Ke

 

Tokyo String Quintet:

1st Violin: Akihiro Miura (Concertmaster of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra)

2nd Violin: Mari Togami (Second Violin Principal of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra)

Viola: Atsuko Aoki (Viola Principal of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra)

Cello: Tatsuki Watanabe (Cello Principal of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra)

Double Bass: Ippei Kitamura (Double Bass of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra)

 

Erhu master Xu Ke graduated with distinction from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1982 and is heralded by the media as “another Heifetz’’ and “Paganini of the Erhu world’’.  Xu Ke has developed unique and innovative bowing techniques, artificial harmonics in high position and double-stopping, significantly enriching huqin’s potential for new applications.

 

In 1993, Xu Ke became the first Chinese huqin musician to sign an exclusive contract with the international record company, Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and released albums under RCA Records.  He was also the music director of the NHK Documentary “Resurrected Tower of the Sun” on Taro Okamoto and has performed with countless world-class orchestras as a soloist, including the Philharmonisches Streichquintett Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic Octet etc.  Xu Ke was guest professor at the Central Conservatory of Music and is currently guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Japan.

 

Information provided by the artists

DATE
VENUE
PRICE
14.12.2019 (Sat)
15:00
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
location
$220, $180, $120
DATE
14.12.2019 (Sat)
15:00
PRICE
$220, $180, $120

Tickets available from 5 October at URBTIX outlets, on Internet, mobile app and credit card telephone booking.

 

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first come, first served basis).

 

“Music Delight" Series Package Discount #

For each purchase of standard tickets for 'Xu Ke & Tokyo String Quintet', 'Izumrud (Russia)', 'Ensemble SU (Korea)' and 'Take a Bow: A Cappella', the following concession applies:

10% off for any 2 programmes, 15% off for any 3 programmes, 20% off for any 4 programmes.

 

“Music Delight" Series Group Booking Discount #

For each purchase of standard tickets for 'Xu Ke & Tokyo String Quintet', 'Izumrud (Russia)', 'Ensemble SU (Korea)' and 'Take a Bow: A Cappella', the following concession applies:

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20or more standard tickets.

 

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount offers. 

# Not applicable to tickets for workshop by Izumrud (Russia).

 

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
  • date14.12.2019 (Sat) 15:00
  • price$220, $180, $120
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DATE
VENUE
PRICE
14.12.2019 (Sat)
15:00
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
location
$220, $180, $120
DATE
14.12.2019 (Sat)
15:00
PRICE
$220, $180, $120
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