2000-02-18 & 02-25
Concerts in Hong Kong Arts Festival
Date: 18 February 2000 / 25 February 2000
Location: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall / Ballroom, Government House
We are proud to announce our appearance in the most prestigious arts festival in Hong Kong. We perform two concerts:
18 February 2000 (Friday) 8pm, City Hall Concert Hall
25 February 2000 (Friday) 8pm, Government House Ballroom
It is our great honour to be in the same festival with the many world class artists, presenting a total of 36 programmes and 133 performances, for an audience of 112,000.
What makes this event even more significant and meaningful is the first-ever compositions written specifically for a harmonica quintet. This is definitely an affirmation of our vision in the development of harmonica music. Here, we wish to express our sincere thanks to the organiser Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Ltd who supports us strongly in making it happen, thus setting a milestone in the history of harmonica.
The new compositions are composed by Hui Cheung-wai and Mui Kwong-chiu, with some of these compositions featuring the collaboration of harmonica quintet with some of the best partnering musical instruments: sheng (the ancestor of harmonica), harp, piano and percussion.
We All Grew Up in Hong Kong - A Kaleidoscopic Suite (for harmonica quintet, sheng, harp, piano and percussion)
I. Kowloon-Canton Railway, 1963
II. Movie of our Childhood, 1969
III. Two Classic Comic Figures, 1974
IV. Spinning Marshmallow, 1976
V. Self-made Lantern for Mid-Autumn Festival, 1978
VI. Hill-side Wooden Houses on Fire, 1982
VII. Romance of Christmas Ball, 1985
VIII. Flying away from Kai-Tak Airport, 1987
IX. Old Schoolmates Reunion, 1990
The Scent of Poetry (for harmonica quintet and harp)
Moving Shapes (for harmonica quintet)
Color Clouds Suite (for harmonica quintet)
I. Over the Color Clouds
II. Red Haze
IV. Voices of the Mountain
Autumn Landscape Suite (for harmonica quintet, sheng, harp, piano and percussion)
I. Red Leaves
II. The Woods After the Autumn Rain
III. Shades of the Mountain at Sunset
Besides new compositions, we would also play our own transcriptions of Gershwin (Lullaby, Bess You Is My Woman Now, Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, An American In Paris) and Villa-lobos String Quartet No.1 (Government House concert only).
We wish to thank:
Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Co. Ltd. and in particular, the following members of the staff:
Kau Ng, Executive Director
Grace Lang, Programme Director
Linda Yip, Programme Coordinator
Katy Cheng, Marketing Manager
Monica Ling, Assistant Marketing Manager
Kitty Ma, Executive Editor
Exxon and Esso Companies in Hong Kong
Loo Sze-wang, sheng
Ann Huang, harp
Peter Fan, piano
Margie Tong, percussion
and many other people involved in the making of these concerts, and last but the least, the 1,600 of you who have attended one of these two concerts and witnessed a milestone in the harmonica history.
A feature article appearing in the FestArt magazine:
Let's listen to the composers on what they think about their new compositions.