Yan Huichang, Artistic Director
Yan Huichang, conductor
Guo Yazhi, guanzi
Wong On-Yuen, huqin
The ancient meets the avant-garde with the Kennedy Center debut of the 70-member Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, one of the world's leading symphonic ensembles of traditional Chinese instruments. In the Concert Hall, the orchestra contrasts Tan Dun's Fire Ritual
--a work that employs spatial distribution of instrumentalists in the hall--with Zhao Jiping's Silk Road Fantasia Suite,
a concerto scored for a wind soloist playing multiple instruments. The program also includes Peng Xiuwen's Fantasia on Terra Cotta Warriors,
a grand soundscape that evokes 2,000-year-old battles, and Grand Victory,
an arrangement of folk wind and percussion music from Shanxi Province.
Official HKCO Web site (in Chinese):www.hkco.org
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