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Hong Kong
Chinese Orchestra

Founded in 1977, the only professional full-sized Chinese orchestra in Hong Kong. An establishment of 91 professional musicians playing in four sections: bowed-strings, plucked-strings, wind and percussion

Won numerous awards and received accolades as “leader in Chinese ethnic music” and “cultural ambassador of Hong Kong”. Often invited to perform at famous venues in the world and at international festivals. Appreciated by audiences in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Arctic Circle

With roots in the Chinese cultural heritage, the Orchestra has built a repertoire that includes not only traditional Chinese music but also contemporary works. It explores new frontiers in music through commissioning new works of various styles, which totaled over 2,300 original compositions and arrangements

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Work

Jing‧Qi‧Shen Chan Ming-chi

In East Asian philosophy, Qi (breath, or air) is the inherent vitality in all living things in the universe. Qi gives birth to creation and transformation as it is all-encompassing, and exhibits the infinite energy of life. In art, the movement of Qi is the source of creativity and life force.

This work is based on the cyclical recurrence of life in the universe as represented by different musical figures, tonal colours, and shifts and variations in the composition. It draws on the contrast between Yin and Yang that manifest in the changing rhythmic figures to express a sort of lilting beauty, embodying both hardness and gentleness. The work also reflects the indomitable Jing (essence), Qi and Shen (spirit) of the soul, and the enterprising spirit much cherished by the Chinese.