Liu Bang, Xiang Yu and the Terra Cotta Warriors
1 Sep 2018, 7:30 PM - 9:10 PM
“The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra’s much-vaunted reputation is well-deserved.”
The Straits Times
A musical time portal that brings you back more than 2,000 years.
Last performing to a full house at the Esplanade Concert Hall for Esplanade’s Moonfest in 2014, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO), led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Life and Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Yan Huichang, returns for another resplendent evening.
Liu Bang, Xiang Yu and the Terra Cotta Warrior debuted at the Hong Kong Arts Festival earlier this year with a sold-out concert. Now making its way to Singapore, HKCO presents a programme that transports you to the Han, Qin, and Tang dynasties with the Singapore premiere of Hong Kong composer Ng Cheuk-yin’s work Tang Resonating and a selection of iconic Chinese classical pieces, including Ambush On All Sides and King Chu Doffs His Armour.
The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra wishes to thank Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government for the financial support to make this tour possible.
About Hong Kong Chinese OrchestraFounded in 1977, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is the only professional, full-sized Chinese orchestra in Hong Kong. It has won the accolades as “a leader in Chinese ethnic music” and “a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong”, and is often invited to perform at various famous venues in the world and at international festivals. It has been heard by audiences in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Arctic Circle. The Orchestra has an establishment of 91 professional musicians, playing in four sections: bowed-strings, plucked-strings, wind and percussion. The instruments include both the traditional and the improved, new versions. In particular, the bowed-string section has adopted, since 2009, the Eco-Huqin series developed by the Orchestra. With its roots in the Chinese cultural heritage, the Orchestra has built a repertoire that includes not only traditional Chinese music but also contemporary works. It also explores new frontiers in music through commissioning about 2,300 new works of various types and styles, whether as original compositions or arrangements.
Apart from regular concerts and activities promoting arts education, the Orchestra has organised symposia and competitions. One of its milestone events is the world’s first ever ‘Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music’ in 2011. The Orchestra has won numerous awards for its achievements in the arts, arts education, marketing and promotion, governance and administration. They include ‘The Most Outstanding Achievement in Advancing Contemporary Chinese Music’ presented by the ISCM World Music Days Hong Kong (2002), ‘Directors of the Year – Statutory / Non-profit-distributing Organization Board’ by The Hong Kong Institute of Directors for achievement in corporate governance (2004), ‘2004 Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Awards - Gold Award of Public Sector/ Not-for-profit Category’ by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2004),‘The Most Outstanding Achievement in Advancing Asian Contemporary Music’ by the Asian Composers League (2007), and the ‘Instrumental Music – Album’ category and the ‘Instrumental Music – Performance’ category at the 6th China Gold Record Awards (2008) for their album, Roots of the Chinese. Its ‘Chinese Music Alive’ Scheme won the ‘Hong Kong Arts Development Awards - Arts Education 2010’ in 2011. In May 2012, the ‘Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music’ organized by the Orchestra won a ‘Bronze Award – Group / Organisation Category’ from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Apart from the '4th Ministry of Culture Innovation Award', its Eco-Huqin series has also won many other awards for its green and innovative concepts.
For more information, please visit the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra website www.hkco.org.
About Yan Huichang, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Life
Yan Huichang was conferred the title of National Class One Conductor at the First Professional Appraisal of China in 1987. He is currently Honorary Fellow of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Visiting Scholar in its School of Music, Distinguished Professor in Conducting at the China Conservatory of Music, Senior Research Fellow in Conducting of He Luting Advanced Research Institute for Chinese Music of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Director of Chinese National Orchestra Research Center of the Advanced Research Institute for Chinese Music, Council Member of Chinese Musicians’ Association and the National Commission of China Federation of Literary and Arts Circles. Maestro Yan was appointed Music Director of the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan in 2013, with a tenure up to 2017. His contribution to nurturing conducting talents in Chinese music in Taiwan is widely recognized.
Yan received the teaching and coaching of renowned conductor Xia Feiyun, and famous composers Hu Dengtiao and He Zhanhao. In addition to Chinese music conducting, he has also conducted Western symphony orchestras. The professional orchestras he has worked with include the China National Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra etc. Yan is also actively engaged in composition, with many award-winning works.
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