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Continuing tradition

The erhu dates back a thousand years and has become one of the most popular Chinese instruments. Sometimes called the Chinese violin or Chinese two-stringed fiddle, it is a very expressive instrument and is used for playing traditional and contemporary music.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012, 12:00am

Students live their dreams with a little help from a friend

Szeto Kin and Lai Yue-sum were filled with gratitude on their graduation day. Thanks to the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship Scheme, they were able to finish their study and pursue a dream career. The scheme was established by the club's charities trust in 1998 and has helped more than 300 local and mainland students, giving them HK$300,000 over three years.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

And the bands played on

Marco Polo was born in the Republic of Venice and Matteo Ricci in the Papal States. Had they entered the world at any time since the late 19th century, they would have been called Italians and been compatriots of another man who bridged the East-West cultural divide by living and working in China.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Soloists - and conductor - ensure a night sublime

Conductors Festival 2011 Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra May 27 Cultural Centre Concert Hall

Contrary to the concert's conductors theme, the programme featured soloists in three concertos, two of which were premieres.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Chen Zuohuang Conducts the HKCO

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

Conductors' Festival of Hong Kong - Zhang Guoyong

Conductors' Festival of Hong Kong - Zhang Guoyong Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall Reviewed: Apr 8

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Zhang Guoyong Conducts the HKCO

The Chinese maestro (above) conducts erhu player Wang Guotong, flautist Wang Sibei and the HK Chinese Orchestra playing works such as Qian Zhaoxi's Seeking Dreams on West Lake and Chung Yiu-kwong's Whirling Dance. Apr 9, 8pm, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$150-HK$380 Urbtix. Inquiries: 3185 1600

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Rotarians savour an exotic night

Rotary Club of Wan Chai 20th Anniversary Fund Raising dinner

Where: Grand Hyatt, Wan Chai

When: May 15

What: The theme of the club's 20th birthday party and fund raiser was 'beauty around the world'. Guests were entertained by erhu players, a kimono fashion show and belly dancing while they savoured African-style soup and French wine.

21 May 2010 - 12:00am

The Great Wall Capriccio

Composer Liu Wenjin conducts liuqin player Zhang Xinhua, soprano Wang Yige (above), pipa player Zhang Ying, jinghu player Ngai Kwun-wa, erhu players Liu Yang and Lu Yunxia and the HK Chinese Orchestra in his works including The Great Wall Capriccio (excerpts), My Motherland, A Drinking Song and Jasmine. Today-tomorrow, 8pm, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, HK$120-HK$260 Urbtix.

22 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

The road to Carnegie

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is making its debut at New York's Carnegie Hall on Friday and the 85-strong ensemble has been busy since Wednesday going over its programme one last time before the 'historic' event.

25 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Going Upriver at the Qingming Festival

Going Upriver at the Qingming Festival

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall

Reviewed: Jul 10

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Going Upriver at the Qingming Festival

Yan Huichang conducts erhu player Song Fei (below) and the HK Chinese Orchestra in performing Shi Zhiyou's symphonic poem. Fri-Sat, 8pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$120-HK$260 Urbtix. Inquiries: 3185 1600

5 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

The Brave New World of Huqin

Yan Huichang conducts erhu players Duan Aiai (left), Kenny Wen, George Gao and Zhang Chongxue and the HK Chinese Orchestra in performing works such as Wang Yong's Let Me Fly, Rimsky-Korsakov and Huang Haihuai's The Flight of the Bumblebee and Horse Racing and Antonio Carlos Jobim's The Girl From Ipanema.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

Virtuoso plays a confident tune

When Yao Jue goes on stage, violin in hand, and awaits the first upward stroke of the conductor's baton, the rest of the world effectively disappears. At that moment, she feels a powerful but now familiar mix of emotions - safe, confident and excited - and is sure once again that thousands of hours of practice in a life devoted to music have all been worthwhile.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Brazilian beats, jazz, blues and even Vivaldi in fusion concerts for the New Territories

John Chen Kwok-ping loves music from around the world, but he feels that those living in the rural areas of the New Territories just don't get the chance to hear Brazilian beats, American jazz and blues, or even Vivaldi performed on Chinese instruments. This is why he's bringing his special brand of world music to the NT over the next few weeks.

12 Mar 2009 - 12:00am