Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Opens Its New Season with a Chinese Classic
Why We Recommend it
The 43rd edition feature a series of Chinese classics and opens with Morning Star Lilies Forever, a large-scale Chinese orchestral suite by composer Wang Danhong.
Found in the northern Shaanxi plateau, the flame-coloured morning star lily symbolises the passionate, open-hearted nature and tenacity of the people of northern Shaanxi, a northwestern Chinese province whose ancient capital, Xi’an, was a starting point for the Silk Road. Morning star lilies grow in abundance on the northern Shaanxi Plateau. Morning Star Lilies Forever was part of a programme in support of the Huangdi Mausoleum Sacrificial Ceremony last year during the Qingming Festival.
Performing together with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra are the Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, Mizhi Wind and Percussion Ensemble, folk singer Su Wen, bearer of northern Shaanxi’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of narrative singing Gao Yongyuan, banhu virtuoso Shen Cheng, and suona virtuoso Wang Zhanzhan.
The programme further includes Battle of the Drums at Hukou, Praying for Rain, The Multi-coloured Cave Dwellings, As the Strong Wind Blows, The Porters, and Looking Heavenward – all showcase northern Shaanxi’s rich folk customs with a blend of indigenous and contemporary folk music.