In view of the reopening of performing venues on 19 February, the Hong Kong Arts Festival announces changes to in-venue programmes. Please visit this page for details.
The Music about China series, jointly launched by the HKCO and the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2007, has premiered a considerable number of works by composers from Greater China and beyond. As the series enters its 15th year, it has been designated the opening programme of the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2021.

In view of the reopening of performing venues, this programme will be presented as an ticketed event in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall as scheduled, while available to view live for free on the HKAF website upon registration. Please visit this page for details.
The programme will be available for online replay from 8:00 pm, 1 March to 8:00 pm, 4 March.

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra -
Music about China

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About
“The sound they produce is out of this world.” The Guardian

The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra has always been committed to promoting Chinese music while breaking new ground for the genre. Its top-class performances have drawn acclaim on the global stage. The orchestra has also been a driving force behind the creation of new material, with a commissioned repertoire of over 2,400 works, including new compositions and arrangements. The Music about China series, jointly launched by the HKCO and the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2007, has premiered a considerable number of works by composers from Greater China and beyond, promoting Chinese culture and perpetuating the heritage of Chinese music. As the series enters its 15th year, it has been designated the opening programme of the 49th Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2021.

The concert features a spectrum of imaginative music, such as Chan Ming-chi’s new composition, It’s the East Wind Again from Tale of the Mahjong Heroes. Using alternative musical instruments, Chan captures vividly the many reactions of the game’s players. Blue Notes by Golden Horse Award winner Leon Ko is an ingenious hybrid of the Cantonese nanyin and American blues. It encapsulates the demotic yet graceful sounds of Chinese traditional music as well as the worldly-wise sensibilities of ordinary people. The cello concerto Zhuang Zhou’s Dream, a tour de force that took Zhao Jiping ten years to complete, and which was premiered in 2008 by the HKCO and the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is a philosophical dialogue between a cello and a Chinese ensemble. It has been taken on tour to some of the world’s great venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. This Hong Kong revival should inspire audiences to revisit the wisdom of the great philosopher Zhuang Zhou.
Repertoire
Chan Pui Fang
Symphonic Poem Flowing Water

Leon Ko
Blue Notes (World Premiere)

Chan Ming-chi 
It’s the East Wind Again from Tale of the Mahjong Heroes (World Premiere)
Shakuhachi: Sun Yongzhi
Handpan: Luk Kin Bun
Percussion: Chau Chin-tung*
(In order of appearance)

Zhao Jiping
Cello Concerto Zhuang Zhou’s Dream 
Cello: Richard Bamping^

Guo Wenjing
A Va Mountain (Excerpt from the first movement of Three Melodies of West Yunnan)

Conductor: Yan Huichang

All programmes are commissioned by the HKCO

* With kind permission of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta
^ With kind permission of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

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