Guangdong musical treat more than just about Cantopop

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 27 Feb 2019

The annual Guangdong Music Series, organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, takes place in March and April. As in previous years, it comprises concerts in different Hong Kong locations.

Guangdong naturally means Cantonese culture - and sure enough, the series features a range of Cantonese music in older and modern styles.

Over 20 veteran local musicians will perform "under the tree" at Kowloon Walled City Park's Six Arts Terrace.

Young musicians from the region will come together as the Cantonese Music Assembly to perform traditional and modern works in Yau Ma Tei and Sheung Wan.

And there will be a Cantonese Pipa Concert by Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble in Sha tin.

Guangdong is also home to several other traditions. The Hakka people are found across southern China and further afield, and Guangdong also has some Hailufeng communities, notably near Fujian.

A concert of Hakka and Hailufeng Folk Music in Ko Shan will feature Baizi Opera, Huachao Opera and Hakka Folk Song.

That leaves another group, namely the Chiuchow (which includes my own ancestors).

There will be a performance of Xianshi stringed instruments given by the Xianshi Ensemble of Shantou at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. And back "under the tree" at Kowloon Walled City Park, there will be a concert by the Hong Kong Chiuchow Music Ensemble.

These events take place between March 6 and April 19, and several of them are free. For full details, check the Guangdong Music Series at www.lcsd.gov.hk

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