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Chan Hing-yan + Helen Lai + Lio Kuokman &
an ensemble of orchestra, singers, chorus and children’s choir
INTRODUCTIONA special HKAF commission and production, Hong Kong Odyssey is a celebration of poetry, music and song that is inspired by Hong Kong history and culture.
This production has grown out of the intangible qualities that define the quintessential Hong Kong spirit and identity. Taking in aspects of local culture from literature, music, pop culture and poetry from the 1840s all the way to today, this spectacularly staged concert captures the remarkable story of this metropolis.
Chan Hing-yan, award-winning composer of chamber operas Heart of Coral and Datong-The Chinese Utopia, joins three emerging local composers Charles Kwong, Daniel Lo, and Phoebus Lee, in creating this work for narrators, vocalists, choir and orchestra. Their inspiration include words of local writers, poets, and also both traditional and popular songs. Renowned choreographer Helen Lai will stage the production with a feast of video effects that will visually immerse the audience into a world of Hong Kong music and poetry. More than a hundred musicians and artists take part in this concert under the baton of Lio Kuokman, former assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
“Don’t say it was a dream, / that your ears deceive you, / but have the grace to live / where the present is, / accepting with an open heart / the music that is given you now: / a final delectation, new to all ears.” David Clarke - A City Passing
Prologue: Mist over the Carp Gate
The Drifting City in Billows
Under the Stars the Slumbering Dragon
Eileen Chang's Tram
Hong Kong in Her Nightly Gown
Through the Ladder Street
The Fiery Years: Hail, the Steeds of Legend!
Lilian Lee's Tram
Café CAN DO
The fin de siècle Songs
I. Knowledge of the Night
II. A Song by Those Remained
III. To Mourn What Is Past and Gone
The Ineffable Future
Lau Yee-cheung's Tram
Epilogue: A City Passing!
* The instrumental piece Tram Images 1950 by Chan Hing-yan has been removed due to the programme duration.
CAST & MUSICIANSMusic Director / Composer
Charles Kwong, Daniel Lo, Phoebus Lee
John Winzenburg, Sincere Yip
Louise Kwong (soprano), Albert Lim (baritone)
Law Tsz Ying (soprano), Kenix Tsang (soprano), Dominique Chan (mezzo soprano), Felix Suen (tenor), Sammy Chien (baritone), Alvance Sim (baritone)
Chan Chak-lui (Naamyam), Lau Shu-tin* (Hakka Shange)
With an ensemble featuring musicians and members from
the Cantoría Hong Kong, Chinese Music Virtuosi, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Yip's Children’s Choir
*The original cast Ms. Lee Kwan has been changed to Mr. Lau Shu-tin.
Maurice Lai, Rex Ng, FranSo
Ha Yan Pui
Commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival
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