14 Dec 2019 (Sat) 3 ‑ 4:30pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
72 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, N.T., Hong Kong
$220 / $180 / $120
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The concert to be held on 14 December 2019 (Sat) at 8pm at Auditorium,
Tsuen Wan Town Hall has been changed to 3pm on the same day at the same venue. All original tickets remain valid.

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The Tokyo String Quintet of Japan’s concert with Chinese erhu virtuoso, Xu Ke, brings out the diversity in crossovers. A string quintet is usually formed of four string instruments and a non-string instrument, but the Tokyo String Quintet of Japan goes against convention with the combination of first violin, second violin, viola, cello and double bass. The setting with five string instruments is already complicated enough, but the five artists are not satisfied with this. In the upcoming concert, erhu player Xu Ke will join them in exploring the question: what kind of varied and layered music will they make when they play six string instruments together?

Not only is their music varied, the songs performed by the sextet also underscore their diversity.
The concert's unusual repertoire covers crossover genres that range from rock, pop, classical to folk, illustrating the lyrical and versatile sounds of erhu, and constructing a context for the interactions between the Eastern and Western instruments. The programme includes classics as well as rearrangements of traditional music. When we speak of erhu, we tend to associate the instrument with classics like Reflections of the Moon on Erquan Spring or Autumn Moon in the Han Palace, but Xu Ke clearly has a different understanding of the instrument of his own. The pieces especially arranged for erhu and chamber ensemble will lead the audience into an exotic, fantastical and mysterious realm. With no limits imposed, the musicians freely choose their repertoire and “perform old songs in new ways”, savouring the timeless beauty of the instruments and distinctive poetics both old and new in the changing melodies.

By performing songs that embody both Chinese and Western cultures, the six crossover musicians showcase the varied sounds of the string instruments, and the dialogue between Eastern and Western music. As Xu Ke said himself: who says you cannot produce the sounds of a four-stringed violin with a double-stringed erhu?


Erhu: Xu Ke

Tokyo String Quintet:
1st Violin: Akihiro Miura (Concertmaster of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra)
2nd Violin: Mari Togami (Second Violin Principal of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra)
Viola: Atsuko Aoki (Viola Principal of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra)
Cello: Tatsuki Watanabe (Cello Principal of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra)
Double Bass: Ippei Kitamura (Double Bass of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra)

*The performance will run for about 1 hour and 30 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.
*Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will only be admitted during the intermission or at a suitable break.

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