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Deyin Qin Society to commemorate Madam Tsar with series of events
     To commemorate the 10th anniversary of guqin master Madam Tsar Teh-yun's death, the Deyin Qin Society will stage a variety of events under the title "Heart of Guqin Heritage: Guqin Concerts and Demonstration Talk Series".

     Madam Tsar was born in Huzhou in Zhejiang Province and came to Hong Kong in the 1930s. She devoted much of her time to playing the guqin, and her instrument always accompanied her during the hard times when she travelled around. When guqin playing was suppressed in Mainland China during the 1960s and 70s, Madam Tsar continued to practise the guqin in Hong Kong, thus making an important contribution to the preservation of this traditional skill. As well as being a master guqin player, she began to teach students, helping to ensure the future of the art. Her students formed the Deyin Qin Society in 1998 with the aim of promoting the practice of the guqin and the spirit and art of Madam Tsar.

     The upcoming series of activities includes a concert to be performed by selected members of the Society; and six solo concerts led by Lau Chor-wah, Tse Chun-yan and Sou Si-tai together with second generation followers and friends. The pieces to be played have mostly been handed down from Madam Tsar, but there will also be new compositions and rearrangements. Four demonstration talks will be given by the first and second generation followers Tse Chun-yan, Wong Shu-chee and Wong Chuen-fung, and Professor Yu Siu-wah respectively.

     Details are as follows:
Guqin Concert by Deyin Qin Society
December 30 (Saturday) 8pm
Theatre Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Performers: Sou Si-tai, Lau Chor-wah, Tse Chun-yan, Ng Ying-wai, John Yiu Shek-on (guqin); Chung Siu-sun (guqin/xiao); Ken Wu Yun-kan (xiao); Cheung Lai-chun (vocals)
Ticket price:  $150 and $250

Solo Concerts on the Guqin
January 13, 2018 (Saturday) 3pm  Performer: Tse Chun-yan
January 13, 2018 (Saturday) 8pm  Performer: Lau Chor-wah
January 20, 2018 (Saturday) 3pm  Performer: Sou Si-tai
January 20, 2018 (Saturday) 8pm  Performer: Tse Chun-yan
January 27, 2018 (Saturday) 3pm  Performer: Lau Chor-wah
January 27, 2018 (Saturday) 8pm  Performer: Sou Si-tai
Recital Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Ticket price: $220

Demonstration Talks on Guqin by Deyin Qin Society (to be conducted in Cantonese)
November 24 to December 15 (Fridays) 7.30pm
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
1st session: Changes on Transmission of Traditional Guqin Pieces and their Reconstruction (Speaker: Tse Chun-yan)
2nd session: The Elegant (proper) and Popular Perspectives of the Transmission of Guqin (Speaker: Professor Yu Siu-wah)
3rd session: Madam Tsar Teh-yun and the Local Guqin Studies in Hong Kong (Speaker: Wong Shu-chee)
4th session: Frontier Sounds: China's Northwestern Borderlands in the Music of the Guqin (Speaker: Wong Chuen-fung)
Ticket price: Each lecture $50 (free seating)

     This series of activities is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets 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_401.html.
Ends/Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Issued at HKT 10:00
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