To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO) will collaborate with the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (臺灣國樂團, NCO) on a peace-themed concert in mid-September.
"A Paean to Peace,” which will kick off the HKSO's 39th orchestral season on Sept. 18 and 19, will be conducted by NCO artistic director Yan Hui-chang (閻惠昌) and feature more than 200 performers on the stage of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.
The opening concert is named after a commissioned piece written by renowned lyricist Rupert Chan (陳鈞潤) and set to music by composer Chen Ning-chi (陳能濟). The program will also include Zhao Jiping's (趙季平) "Ode to Peace (和平頌)” and Xian Xinghai's (冼星海) opus "The Yellow River Cantata (黃河大合唱).”
The HKSO and NCO will be joined by the Hong Kong Treble Choir and a chorus of more than a hundred singers selected through an open call process held in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. The organizers hope the peace-themed performance will resonate with Chinese-speaking communities across the world and serve as a reminder of the value of amity.
‘A Paean to Peace'
Opening Concert of the HKCO's 39th Orchestral Season