Acclaimed Chinese music performers to give commemorative concerts for erhu maestro Tong Leung-tak


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      Erhu maestro Tong Leung-tak was a leading light of his generation in the Chinese music genre. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will present two concerts under the title "Music for Life - The Legend of the Great Master Tong Leung-tak" to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Tong's birth. The concerts will include performances by Tang's (Tong's family name in the Mainland) Family Ensemble and several other virtuosi of this musical genre, such as the National Class One musicians Yu Liangmo, Zhan Yongming and Weng Zhenfa, who will collaborate with some of Tong's former students.
 
     Tong Leung-tak (1938-2010) was also a composer, conductor and educator.

Tong and his family moved to Hong Kong in 1977, where he was soon appointed as Acting Concertmaster by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. For the 20 years he worked at the Music Office, Tong focused on training young musicians in Chinese music and the promotion of the genre. The concert programme includes the most representative erhu pieces, including the string-and-wind ensemble repertoire of the Tang's Family Ensemble.
 
     The concerts also mark the 55th anniversary of the first National Erhu Competition, which was part of the inaugural Shanghai Spring Music Festival of 1963.

The competition marked a milestone in the development of the erhu - not only did it nurture a talented generation of virtuosi, including the likes of Min Huifen, Jiang Xunfeng, Xiao Baiyong, Wang Guotong, Shen Fengquan, Lu Rirong and Tong Leung-tak (who won a Class Two Award in the competition), but it also laid the foundation for many works that would have tremendous influence on Chinese traditional music, such as "The Sanmen Gorge Capriccio", "A Henan Ditty", "Horse Racing" and "Qingqiang Theme Capriccio".
 
     Details of the performances are as follows:
May 25 (Friday) 8pm at the Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
"String and Wind Ensemble Concert in Tribute to the Great Master Tong Leung-tak”
Programme: Jiangnan string and wind music "Festival March", "Hua Sanliu"; erhu solos "Zhonghua Liuban" and "In the Meadow"; dizi solo "Autumn Moon Upon Placid Lake"; pipa solo "Song of Frontier"; and the orchestral "Joyous Rain" and "Strolling Along the Su Embankment".
Ticket price: $160 and $260
 
May 27 (Sunday) 3pm at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
"A Musical Gala that Spans the Generations - A Concert of Erhu Music"
Programme: Orchestra "Morning in Hong Kong" and "Festival in Chang'on"; erhu duo "Man Sanliu"; erhu and orchestra "The Great Wall Capriccio" (The 4th Movement), "Meditation during Confinement in Sickness" and "Capriccio on The Theme of Princess Changping"; erhu ensemble "A Henan Ditty", "Guarding the Frontier on Horseback".
Ticket price: $160, $200, $240 and $300
 
     Tickets are now available at URBTIX (http://www.urbtix.hk" target="_blank">www.urbtix.hk). For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2268 7321 or visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/programs_533.html" target="_blank">www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/programs_533.html.
 
     A public symposium will be held with free admission.
Topic: A Summit of Huqian Masters: In Memory of the 1963 "Shanghai Spring" First National Erhu Competition (in Cantonese and Putonghua)
May 26 (Saturday) 3pm
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Moderators: Professor Yu Qiwei, Professor Christopher Pak
Guest Speakers: Lu Rirong, Shen Fengquan, Qu Chunquan, Tang Liangxing, Chen Jun, Liu Guangyu, etc.
Free tickets will be distributed at the enquiry counter of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre starting from May 4 during 9am and 9pm.

Each person can obtain up to two tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. For enquiries please call 2268 7321 (LCSD) or 2584 8517 (Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts).



Published on: 2018-04-10

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