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HKSAR 20th anniversary seminar series continues

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June 6, 2017


Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, today (June 6) delivered opening remarks at the third seminar of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) 20th Anniversary Seminar Series, organised by the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library throughout 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. The first and second seminars on poetry relating to Hong Kong Canada interrelations and economic development of Hong Kong were held in January and April respectively.

This third seminar of the series on “What Cantonese Opera Accompaniment Is Not: In Comparison with Classical Music” by Professor Li Siu-leung, Dean of School of Chinese Opera, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), gave audience insights into the meaning of "accompaniment" as against its literal English meaning. Apart from conceptual explanation, the seminar also featured demonstrations by the students and faculty members of HKAPA.

Miss Chan talked about the relationship between Cantonese opera and Hong Kong.  She said, “Cantonese opera originated from the southern provinces of China.  For many years, Hong Kong has been an important place for the succession and development of Cantonese Opera.  Cantonese opera is a comprehensive and sophisticated art form.  It was inscribed in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.”

“Hong Kong is keen on preserving and revitalising Cantonese Opera.  The Opera Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District would be completed next year, which will provide an excellent place for both performance and training of talents,” Miss Chan added. 

The HKAPA is the only tertiary institution in Hong Kong offering comprehensive studies on the art of Chinese opera.  “The Academy is wholeheartedly committed to nurturing talents.  It formed the Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe to provide students with opportunities to hone their skills.”    The Troupe last performed the famous “Monkey King” in Toronto in September 2016 together with Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Arts Centre.

 

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, delivers opening remarks today (June 6) at a seminar on “What Cantonese Opera Accompaniment Is Not: In Comparison with Classical Music” organised by the Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

HKETO Director Kathy Chan (front row, second left), photos with Professor Li Siu-leung, Dean of School of Chinese Opera, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (front row, left), Dr Jack Leong, Director, Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto (second row, right), and Ms Alice Chan, Director of Starlight Chinese Opera Performing Arts Centre in Toronto (first row, right), students from the School of Chinese Opera, the HKAPA and other guests at the seminar.

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