[27 September 2010 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) announces the world première of Guo Wengjing’s Dizi Concerto No.2, a piece written for Chinese bamboo flute and the orchestra commissioned by the HKPO, will be introduced as one of the highlights of the New Vision Arts Festival.
A New Vision Arts Festival programme, “SoundFest: Guo Wenjing’s Dizi Concerto No.2” will be held on 5&6 November (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talks will be held on both nights at 7:15pm at 4/F Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Enjoy a 20% discount with the purchase of “Guo Wenjing’s Dizi Concerto No.2” and “Dragon Double – Cho-liang Lin and Wang Jian” tickets together.
Guo Wenjing was born in 1956 in Chongqing. In 1978, he was one of the hundred students admitted out of 17,000 applicants to the re-opened Central Conservatory of Music. Unlike many colleagues from his class such as Tan Dun and Chen Yi, Guo stayed in China after his graduation.
New York Times praised Guo as the only Chinese composer who has never lived abroad but established an international reputation.
One of the most distinguished Chinese dizi virtuosi today, Tang Junqiao regularly performs with orchestras around the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of France and China Philharmonic. Tang first started learning dizi at a young age from her father, demonstrating early talent in winning numerous youth competitions. She graduated in 1996 and joined the Shanghai Ensemble of Chinese Traditional Instruments as the principle flutist, being the first Chinese female woodwind solo instrumentalist to work with a professional ensemble of Chinese traditional instruments.
In his Dizi Concerto No.2, Guo keeps exploring the characteristics of Chinese traditional folk music instruments, and eager to free them from the image of rural folkways where he tries to avoid the melodious and brisk characters of dizi, and let the instrument to express the angry, dreadful and burning emotions, inserting a modern and thoughtful quality to it. “Wildfire is lighting up the sky in the dark, I treat it as a symbol of ideology and truth. It has a power to purify and banish evil”, said Guo.
Maestro and the HKPO will also perform contemporary French composer Dutilleux's Métaboles and Copland’s Symphony No.3. Written in 1946, Symphony No.3 was Copland’s last and the most renowned symphony, it is regarded as the greatest American symphony.
SoundFest: Guo Wenjing’s Dizi Concerto No. 2
5&6 | 11 | 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$320 $240 $180 $120
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A New Vision Arts Festival Programme
|Hong Kong Children’s Choir|
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|GUO WENJING||Dizi Concerto No.2 “Wildfire”
(HKPO commission, world première)
|COPLAND||Symphony No. 3|
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HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe. In the 2010/11 season, the Orchestra undertakes a China tour of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The first of which is an Expo 2010 programme.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
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