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Concerts by the highly acclaimed and much travelled Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra conducted by its artistic director Yan Huichang. The orchestra is deeply rooted in the Chinese cultural heritage. Its performance format and repertoire include both traditional Chinese music and contemporary full-scale works. It also explores new frontiers in music through commissioning new works of various types and styles, and over the years, has commissioned more than 1,700 original compositions and arrangements. The orchestra currently has 85 musicians who perform in the four sections comprising bowed-strings, plucked-strings, wind and percussion instruments. Traditional as well as improved Chinese instruments are incorporated into the orchestra.

The programme included works such as In the Deep of the Night a tune from the Peking Opera arranged by Li Minxiong, The Flying Partridges an ancient melody arranged by Zhao Songting and the folk melody Worship of the Phoenix arranged by Guo Yazhi.

This was the orchestra’s first visit to these most prestigious of Russian venues and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong’s sovereignty to China.

Organised on behalf of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in London and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Date

25 September 2007
27 September 2007

Venue

St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Hall
Chamber Hall of the Moscow International House of Music, Moscow

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