The 7th Taoist Concert: The Great Way

Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
November 21, 2021 (Sunday) at 8 pm

Due to the overwhelming response, there are only a few tickets left. Limited free admission tickets will be issued from 9 am on 14th November (Sunday) onwards at the Enquiry Counter of the Hong Kong City Hall. Each person can receive a maximum of two tickets on a first-come-first-served basis while stock last. Thank you for supporting HKFC.

M usic, most importantly, is to tug at people’s heartstrings and to touch the souls in depth. When we listen to music, it is a great delight to be able to indulge ourselves into the artistic conception of the music and experience the emotions and verve therein. In this year's Hong Kong Culture Festival, The Great Way is selected to illustrate the philosophy of the Chinese music culture. Meanwhile, Crane’s Suite For Sakuhachi, which consists of five chapters: the crane’s flying, singing, lodging, eating, and untitled, are performed by the Japanese sakuhachi to depict the five common states of cranes, expressing the untitled artistic conception of oriental music through Zen. In the concert, the optimism of Taoist music and the untitled optimism of oriental music are complementary to each other, explaining the various styles and states of music respectively in the first half and the second half of the concert. This is indeed the keynote of the concert.

Crane’s Suite For Sakuhachi Composer: Dr. Mui Kwong Chiu

First half: Quanzhen Temples Taoist Ritual Music

Quanzhen Temples” is the genus term of the existing Hong Kong Quanzhen Daoist organization. Most of them were established by the Daoist priests from Guangdong since 1920s. The rituals of the Hong Kong Quanzhen Temples inherited from the Quanzhen monasteries in Guangdong region. Since 1950s, the Hong Kong Taoist ritual music was adjusted and transmitted by the eminent ritual masters and gradually developed the local distinguishing features.

Chan King Tsun – Conductor:

Chan received lessons in conducting from renowned conductors Liang Di, Lei Yu and Ho Man-Chuen at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) before majoring in conducting under the tutorship of Chew Hee Chiat, Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO) in 2014. In 2018, he returned to HKAPA where he studied with Yan Huichang, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Life of HKCO, and was awarded a Master in Conducting.

Chan currently serves as Assistant Music Officer (Chinese Music) at the Music office, Music Director of Tsun Lok Dizi Enzemble Group, Vice President & Administrative Coordinator of Hong Kong Zhao’s Style Dizi Association, Honorary Deputy Chairman of Shenzhen Dizi Association and Artistic Advisor of Hangzhou Qing Yun Yue Fang. He is appointed as Conductor of the Hong Kong Taoist Orchestra, Chinese Music Society of New Asia College, CUHK, Hong Kong Island Youth Chinese Orchestra, EDUHK Chinese Orchestra and HKAPA Chinese Opera Chinese Orchestra. As a committed music educator, he is a part-time faculty at HKAPA and EDUHK.

Orchestra: 

Fung Ying Seen Koon (FYSK) was established in 1929. It worships the divine Laozi, Lu Dongbin and Qiu Chuji, founders of Daoism, as well as Quanzhen Doctrine. Apart from focusing on preaching Daoism, FYSK actively participates in charity works. It is now a member of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Approved by the HKSAR Government, FYSK is a charitable institution exempted from tax.

Programme:

  1. Chinese Music Ensemble – Celebration Overture
  2. Taoist Music Ensemble – Chanting the Daode Jing – Chapter 1
  3. Taoist Music Ensemble – Taoist music for Four Seasons
  4. Taoist Music Solo – Baihe Fei
  5. Chinese Music Ensemble – Flying Dragon and Leaping Tiger
  6. Taoist Music Ensemble – Offer Birthday Congratulations Paean

 

Second half: Crane’s Suite For Sakuhachi

Dr. Mui Kwong Chiu – Composer

A renowned Hong Kong composer. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild and the Director of Composers and Authors’ Society (CASH) of Hong Kong. He is a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, the Artistic Director of World Dulcimer Orchestra, the Examiner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Honorary Composer in Residence of Hong Kong Harmonica Association, the Honorary adjudicator of Music Program CUSCS.

Sunny Yeung  – Shakuhachi

Before picking up the Shakuhachi, Sunny was a flautist holding the position of principal flutist with various amateur orchestras in Hong Kong. He was a champion of the concerto class competition in the Hong Kong School Music Festival and holds a diploma in Flute performance from the Trinity College of Music. He studied Shakuhachi playing with Dai Shihan (Grand Master) Dr. Riley Lee in Australia for four years and completed the entire repertoire of the Chikuho-ryu school. With the blessing of Dr. Lee, Sunny furthered his study of the Watashimido lineage of Honkyoku with the leading exponents, Katsuya Yokoyama and Tajima Tadashi, in Japan. While in Australia, Sunny performed and presented workshops at various concert halls, Universities as well as the Sydney Opera House.

Margie Tong – Percussionist

Tong graduated from the School of Music of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She was a recipient of The Standard Chartered Bank Scholarship (1994), The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music Fund (1994) and The Croucher Charitable Trust (1996) from England to continue her studies at the Royal College of Music in London. Tong performed Kurka’s Marimba Concerto as a soloist with the RCM Sinfonia in May 1995. During this time she won the Sullivan and Farrar Prize (1995) and the British Resume Prize (1995). 

 Programme:

  1. Flying
  2. Singing
  3. Lodging
  4. Eating
  5. Untitled

 

There are three ways to obtain the tickets:

1. By post

Please mail your self-addressed envelope and stamps to the 26th Floor, Shanghai Industrial Building, 48-62 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, and indicate the number of tickets required on the envelope (each person can request a maximum of 6 tickets). We will process within 3 working days after received the mail. If you have any queries, please contact us at 25599436.

2. Collect in person (start from November 10)

Tickets can be obtained in person from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm from Monday to Sunday during office hours (Address: 66 Pak Wo Road, Fanling). Each person can receive a maximum of six tickets on a first-come-first-served basis while stock last. Please call Ms. Liang 26768638 one day in advance to make appointment.

3. Collect at Hong Kong City Hall (start from November 14)

Free admission tickets will be distributed from 9am on 14th November (Sunday) onwards at the Enquiry Counter of the Hong Kong City Hall (Address: 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong). Each person can receive a maximum of two tickets on a first-come-first-served basis while stock last.

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