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Hong Kong Children Symphonic Orchestra
Monday, August 13, 2007 - 7:30pm
On August 13, 2007 Portland Chinese Art & Cultural Center will proudly present a FREE concert to you at New Hope Community Church (11731 SE Steven Rd., Portland Oregon 97086) featuring the internationally famous Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of their founder, Dr. Yip Wai-Hong. Founded in 1997, the Orchestra includes only the most outstanding players in Hong Kong from the ages of seven to sixteen. In their ten years of existence, they have earned the acclaim of such musicians as the German violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the American violinist, Isaac Stern. Several of their youth soloists have gone on to win prizes in such international competitions as the Tchaikovsky Violin Competition in Moscow, the Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition in Brussels and the Hong Kong International Piano Competition.
While on tour, the Orchestra will present works from the standard western orchestral repertoire as well as outstanding representatives of classical Chinese symphonic repertoire. Their tour repertoire includes Glinka's Russlan & Ludmilla Overture, Beethoven's Symphony # 5, the Overture from Die Fledermaus of Johann Strauss, Jr. and Sarasate's dazzling violin showpiece, Ziguernerweisen. Chinese works include Chen Gang & He Zhanhao's Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and the famous Yellow River Concerto for Piano byu Yin Chengzong and Liu Zhuang. Featured with the orchestra as soloists will be two outstanding young violinsts and one young pianist.
Dr. Yip Wai-Hong has served as the Head of the Music and Fine Arts Department at the Hong Kong Baptist University. He has contributed to the popularization of both choral and symphonic music in Hong Kong and has been involved in children's music education for over 30 years. Educated at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, he has completed the Master of Music degree in Church Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky and the Doctorate of Musical Arts at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. He is an Honorary Citizen of Fort Worth, Dallas and Tucson, and he has been awarded The Golden Key of Avon Lake, Florida, the title of Colonel of the State of Kentucky.