Music overflows at Chinese Orchestra's season opening

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2012, 3:47am

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra opened its 35th concert season on the propitious theme of water - suggesting "cash" in Cantonese.

After a successful premiere of Ode to Water, a 75-minute multimedia theatrical play by local composer Mui Kwong-chiu, guests and performers stayed behind at the Cultural Centre in Kowloon for a reception on Friday night.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor stayed for the entire concert, something officials of her rank rarely do. She was animated at the gathering, cheering musicians, board members and special guests including Shanghai Conservatory professor Qiao Jianzhong, former Central Ballet conductor Bian Zushan, Taipei conductor Chen Tscheng-hsiung and guest concertmaster Yan Jiemin.

Artistic director Yan Huichang was energised by a recent major award for his recording with the China National Symphony. His collaboration with the Luxembourg Sinfonietta 2013 international composition competition, with more than 50 entries from composers in 22 countries, has received an overwhelming response as well.

He and the orchestra will be performing for the first time in 26 years at the Hong Kong Week in Taipei towards the year end.