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Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble to perform in June
     The Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble will give two concerts in Hong Kong in June featuring classic Mongolian tunes in traditional and modern styles. The performances will bring to audiences a repertoire of refreshing sounds from the vast Central Asian steppes.
     The ensemble's key instrument is the morin khuur (horse-head fiddle), which will be accompanied by traditional instruments including the cello, dulcimer, yatga (zither), ever buree (Mongolian clarinet), flute and piano. Morin khuur is played in a variety of solo and ensemble settings, especially with the artistic singing of Urtiin duu (long song) and Khoomei (throat singing). Vocalists of Khoomei can produce two pitches at the same time through the manoeuvring of vocal resonance.
     The Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble was founded in 1992. It aims to preserve, promote and transmit the morin khuur, a musical representation of Mongolian history, values and cultural heritage. The ensemble has performed in the US, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Austria, Korea and Japan. In 2008, morin khuur was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the concerts by the Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble are part of the events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The concerts will be held at 8pm on June 29 (Thursday) at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong City Hall, and at 8pm on June 30 (Friday) at the Auditorium of Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets ranging from $120 to $240 are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/programs_259.html.
Ends/Thursday, May 4, 2017
Issued at HKT 11:01
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