Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Arts Preview: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Zygmunt Krauze, Polish composer of Memories of the East.

There's no better time to premiere works in the city than during the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and this year the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra's programme is packed entirely with music that will be performed here for the first time.

Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 5:33pm

Yan Huichang: conductor hitting all the right notes

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

He was the first - and only - conductor to train in leading Chinese orchestras under an exclusive programme after the Cultural Revolution. His speciality saw him join Beijing's National Chinese Orchestra aged 29. Four years later, in 1987, he became the youngest Class One conductor among the veteran maestros in China.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Music overflows at Chinese Orchestra's season opening

Artistic director Yan Huichang, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, board chairwoman Carlye Tsui, Darwin Chen and orchestra chief Celina Chin.

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.

25 Sep 2012 - 3:47am

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam performs with Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Carrie Lam (left) makes her guest appearance with the orchestra. Photo: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Only recently she was shedding tears on television, but Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was all smiles at her latest public appearance, when she took to the stage in an impromptu performance on the guzheng, or Chinese plucked zither.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am 1 comment

Another string to orchestra's bow

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra has become the first local art group to receive the Ministry of Culture's prestigious Innovation Award, after developing a modern version of the huqin, a stringed instrument.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Culture as child's play

Three years after attending a packed performance of Circus Incognitus in Hong Kong, I can still recall the delight on people's faces as they took in Jamie Adkins' one-man show that mixed juggling, balancing and comedy to yield all manner of fun stunts.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Stage holds no fear for Hong Kong prodigy

Butterfly Lovers & Yellow River Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Cultural Centre Concert Hall June 22

'A calf holds no fear of tigers' is an old Chinese saying that could be used to describe prodigy Chloe Pak. The 12-year-old tackled the Yellow River Piano Concerto, a four-movement work of taxing virtuosity, and pulled it off triumphantly.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Orchestral manoeuvres in Ocean Park for launch

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, set to celebrate its 35th anniversary along with Ocean Park, showed an innovative touch by unveiling its programme for the new season at the amusement park yesterday.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Classic story a musical triumph

Dream of the Red Chamber Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra City Hall Concert Hall May 4

A Chinese literary classic inspired two new orchestral works that premiered last weekend to the delight of its many aficionados.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

Opera has to work in two musical languages

If you think words get lost in translation between languages, try translating music between different types of orchestra.

Such a daunting task certainly struck a chord with Huang Ruo, the New York-based composer of the opera Dr Sun Yat-sen, which is set to premiere on October 13 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Rarely heard voices of Shangri-La provide an intoxicating night

Sounds from a Musical Shangri-la Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra September 23 Concert Hall, HK Cultural Centre

Hong Kong's flagship orchestra of traditional Chinese instruments kicked off its 35th concert season by blending into its sophisticated symphonies the authentic sound and dance of a southwestern ethnic minority, the Dong.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Orchestra lights up Sichuan school

Hong Kong's flagship ensemble is spreading its influence from the concert hall to the mainland classroom.

In a three-day performing blitz at the weekend, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra debuted in Chengdu with astounding success.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Shenyang native, 28, wins conductors' competition

Final competition concert Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall July 24

A Shenyang native has won Hong Kong's first international conducting prize after strong performances from 55 contestants from around the world.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music

Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music Cultural Centre Concert Hall today, 7pm

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

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