Birds and Flowers the Moon and the Grove - A Concert of Music from Shanghai

2013-12-11 20:00 - 2013-12-15 18:00

Birds and Flowers the Moon and the Grove - A Concert of Music from Shanghai

When: 11 Dec 2013 Wed 20:00
Where: Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

When: 15 Dec 2013 Sun 16:00
Where: Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre

Birds and Flowers the Moon and the Grove Poster


Shanghai is situated in the region where the ethnic "Wu Culture" flourished. The string-and-wind ensemble music of Jiangnan Sizhu ("silk and bamboo of South of Yangtze") is a type of traditional folk music popularly found in Shanghai and its nearby regions. Also, since many Cantonese people live in Shanghai, the area becomes an important base for the development of Cantonese music as well. Ethno-cultural differences have buffeted the two musical genres, and mutual influence is inevitable, so much so that the reciprocal factors are evident on either side and form what is known as "Shanghai style".

Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble
Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble

The works performed in this concert are written by virtuosi who are either native Shanghainese, or Cantonese living in Shanghai. The Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble has invited Li Zhaofang, an exponent of the "Shanghai style" of Cantonese music, former Concertmaster of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, and National Class One Gaohu Musician, to give an overview of the musical heritage of the two genres in the Shanghai region, as well as the development of the gaohu, which was born in Shanghai, in recent years.


Conductor: Ho Man-chuen
Gaohu: Li Zhaofang
Erhu: Chan Pik-sum
Zheng: Chow Lai-kuen
Dizi: Chan Chi-chun
Docent in Cantonese: Chan Chiu-yin



Cantonese Music Medley (Arr. Qu Chunquan): In Celebration of Good Times, Autumn Moon over a Placid Lake, Thunder in a Drought
Colourful Clouds Chasing the Moon: Ren Guang, Arr. Law Wai-lun
Moonlight on the Spring River: Ancient Tune, Arr. Tong Leung-tak


Strings & Wind Ensemble
Wonderful Jiangnan: Arr. Qu Chunquan
Travelling in Chaozhou: Qu Chunquan
Lao Liuban (Old Sixty Beats): Jiangnan Sizhu Music


Soft-bow & Hard-bow Ensemble
Medley of Cantonese Folk Tunes: The Nun Going Down the Hill, The Monk Missing His Wife, Stairway to the Clouds


Gaohu & Ensemble
Fireworks and Lanterns: Chen Riying, Arr. Gu Guanren
A Victorious Return: Chen Junying, Arr. Gu Guanren
The Lion Dance: Lui Man-shing, Arr. Gu Guanren


Dizi, Erhu, Zheng & Ensemble
Scenes and Sounds of Jiangnan: Arr. Gu Guanren


Gaohu Solo
Birds Returning to the Woods: Yi Jianquan
A Hungry Horse Shaking Its Bells: Ho Lau-tong
Love in a Border Town: Zhang Xiaofeng

Ho Man-chuen
Ho Man-chuen

Ho Man-chuen
Ho Man-chuen is a renowned music educationist and conductor. Emigrated to Hong Kong in 1980, Ho joined the Music Office and had held the positions as Assistant Music Officer and Music Officer until his retirement in 2009. During his tenure, he has nurtured numerous young musicians. Ho is currently appointed as an instructor of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Resident Conductor of the Academy Chinese Orchestra, Artistic Advisor of the Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, and Artistic Advisor cum Principal Conductor of the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra.

Ho studied conducting with Xia Feiyun, and participated conducting masterclasses held by Tang Muhai, Chen Zhaohuang and Peng Xiuwen. He had been the conductor of Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra for 29 years and taken the orchestra to tour the United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, as well as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Nanjing in Mainland China. In Hong Kong, He has conducted numerous local orchestras including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Joint Orchestra of Hong Kong (for 1997 reunification concert), Academy Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Yao Yueh Chinese Orchestra, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, etc., and has collaborated with renowned musicians including Min Huifan, Xiao Baiyong, Yu Qiwei, Zhu Changyao, Hao Yuqi, Gong Yi et al.


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Tai Po Civic Centre
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Add: 12 On Pong Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong


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