Music of China

Opera hits the right notes

Wuhan's traditional Hanju Opera is one of the lesser-known styles of Chinese opera and definitely worth a night out when in Wuhan. The city has dozens of small and large opera houses devoted to Wuhan's acrobatic styles and Hanju operatic performances.

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011, 12:00am

Musicarama 2008

Sha Tin Town Hall, Sat, 8pm

For the first time since Yip Wing-sie became music director in 2002, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta is staging a concert featuring symphonies by Chinese composers only.

30 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Sound Bites

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra will perform two very different programmes at the National Grand Theatre of China in Beijing this week. How does that reflect the breadth of the ensemble's repertoire?

Artistic director Yan Huichang:

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Beautiful vision

She's being called the mainland's best hope for creating contemporary Chinese music that can transcend borders, but Sa Dingding's music isn't entirely Chinese. And in Sa's mind, there are no borders to rise above.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

HKCO & Friends

Hong Kong City Hall, Concert Hall

Jun 22-23, 8pm

Six veteran Chinese musicians will take audiences down memory lane by revitalising the authentic timbre of 'silk and bamboo'. They will perform with re-created Chinese instruments dating from the Tang dynasty (618-907).

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Forget melancholy mountain sounds - the modern erhu is for you

While waiting to have his photographs taken, Ray Wong Hae picks up his erhu and starts playing a number of tunes: Autumn Feeling, Birds Chirping in the Mountains and Reflection of the Moon on Water. Not that he picked them at random. They're works of which the 34-year-old is particularly proud.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am


Touched Strings

Chinese music recital featuring the erhu, ruan and liuqin. Musicians include Cheung Hui-fai on the cello, Lem Ling-ling (left) on erhu and liuqin, Lee Chee-wah on accordion, Loo Sze-wang on sheng, Lee Pui-hang on yangqin, and pianist Wendy Leung. Today, 8pm, HK City Hall, Edinburgh Place, Central, $75, $110 Urbtix. Inquiries: 9042 4090

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Do you play any Chinese musical instruments?

Tsang Yi-lun

Age: 15

Top Tunes: mainstream music

14 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Dub hands

LAST DECEMBER, Wang Lei, the Guangzhou-based rock musician turned electronic artist, took to the stage at a Beijing nightclub to perform his new electro-dub material.

10 May 2005 - 12:00am

Baritone's voice is his passport to the world of music

How did you get into music?

When I was 11, a teacher who played the dizi (flute) asked if anyone was interested in playing, so I tried it out. I studied lots of instruments, but started too late, so I didn't think I could play professionally.

Age 11 was too late?

A lot of kids nowadays start studying instruments at age three.

19 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Erhu goes pop

Television celebrity and perennial star of cheesy television commercials Nancy Sit Ka-yin will grace the stage of the Cultural Centre this weekend, entertaining audiences with Virtues of Harmony, the theme song to one of the most critically panned TV series in recent years.

19 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

What's On


12 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Hopscotch leap into the spotlight

IT IS FAIR to call mainland band Hopscotch's debut album A Wishful Way one of the most important albums in the history of Chinese pop, not only because it is the first original English album produced and released on the mainland, it also sets a new perspective of Chinese pop.

25 May 2003 - 12:00am

Renowned vocal ensemble to perform programme of old favourites

The 60-voice Notre Dame Glee Club is one of the outstanding collegiate male choruses in the United States, combining the rich traditions of Notre Dame with high standards of musical excellence.

3 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Special treat for Chinese music lovers

Chinese Virtuosi, a group of outstanding young musicians from the mainland, will treat the Hong Kong audience to some classical pieces at the end of this month.

The concert, conducted by Josef Fung, will feature Dai Ya (dizi and xiao), Bao Jian (guanzi and sheng), Song Fei (erhu), Zhang Qiang (pipa), Wang Zhongshan (zheng) and Liu Yuening (yangqin).

17 May 1999 - 12:00am