Ride out the storm with orchestra

MIGHTY orchestral sounds evoking the elements will be heard in a concert of Chinese music this week.

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra will perform Battle Against the Typhoon, a guzheng concerto with Wang Changyuan as soloist, in the 'Chinese Instrumental Highlights' concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.

Written by Wang, Battle Against the Typhoon is a brilliant orchestral work that captures the joy of the people as they weather a great storm and regain their hope and vigour as calm and peace return to the land.

Another soloist is guan exponent Hu Zhihou, who is a professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He will play The Torrent of the River and Eighteen Modules of the Hu Pipe, both of which are strongly 'ethnic' and technically challenging works. Under the baton of Henry Shek, the orchestra will also perform Peng Xiuwen's fantasia, Terracotta Warriors, one of the most significant of Chinese compositions in recent years.

The work reflects the hardships of the soldiers who were forced into long years of service in the Qin Dynasty and suffered heart-breaking separation from their families.

Tickets ranging from $45 to $95 are available at Urbtix outlets. For reservations, call 2734-9009.