樂樂國樂團

Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association

HK 97098842 藝團

樂樂國樂團簡介

樂樂國樂團立於1974年,至今40載。1977年4月正式註冊為非牟利團體,是本港歷史最悠久及活躍的民間中樂團之一。音樂總監梁志鏘博士為香港教育學院博文及社會科學學院副院長,其他成員包括專業音樂家、從事音樂教育工作者,專業人士等。

本著弘揚國粹,推動中樂發展的精神,樂團與本土及海外著名的音樂家及藝團攜手合作,包括魔笛俞遜發、笛子大師孫永志、二胡名宿項祖英、黃安源、箏樂大師蘇巧箏、蘇振波、羅晶、琵琶名家張瑩、林風、揚琴家賴應斌、胡琴演奏家余其偉、邵琳、曾秋堅、雷葉影;鋼琴家岑健威、伍盛中;作曲家陳永華、許翔威、陳錦標、郭亨基、馬文、顧冠仁、周仲康;並與多個合唱團合作,包括明儀合唱團、雅謌合唱團、天馬合唱團等等,屢創口碑。

在梁志鏘博士帶領下,樂團演出活動頻密,平均每年舉行三場至四場音樂會,至今演出已逾百場紀錄,曾應邀到新加坡國家劇場及新加坡大會堂演奏廳為國慶演出。2013年初,梁博士更成功帶領樂團聯同中山青少年宮民樂團於中山市文化藝術中心大劇場作慈善演出,為當地貧困家庭及來自外地民工在內的1300名觀眾義演,廣獲好評。

樂樂歷年表現出色,近年不斷獲得外界贊助,發展路向備受認同,包括:香港藝術發展局 (2009、2011及14) 、大埔區議會 (2010及2012) 、加港新里程獅子會 (2012)、民政事務處文化交流計劃 (2013)、賽馬會表演藝術場地資助計劃 (2013‐2014) 等。

樂團意向培訓更多本地音樂人才,包括選演本土年青作曲家作品、積極邀請新晉演奏家及青年音樂團體合作,讓中樂在香港有更璀璨的承傳和發展。

樂樂近年推行社區教育關愛計劃,為各區學校師生提供特惠門票及向弱勢社群送贈免費入場票,讓各階層人士都有機會欣賞有質素的音樂會,將演奏中樂賦予傳揚關愛、服務社會的使命。

Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association was formed in 1974 and registered as a non-profit organization in April 1977. The orchestra under the Association is one of the longest standing community orchestras in Hong Kong. The Association aims at promoting local music and musicians through performing works by local composers, and inviting local artists and performing groups to collaborate in performance. Built on the Chinese heritage, the Association is adding new flavour and creativity to the sustainable development of Chinese music in Hong Kong, hence encouraging more audience to enter the realm of Chinese music appreciation.

Under the leadership of the Music Director, Dr. Leung Chi-cheung, the orchestra performs actively in recent years. Since its establishment, the orchestra has performed in over one hundred concerts. In 1980, the orchestra was invited to perform at the Singapore National Theatre and Singapore Concert Hall. In 2013, the orchestra collaborated with the Zhongshan Youth Palace Chinese Orchestra for a spring concert at the Grand Theater of the Cultural Art Center, Zhongshan, with over a thousand audiences. The performance was widely acclaimed.

Members of the orchestra are mostly experienced musicians graduated from music institutions in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Some have won awards in different open competitions, including The CCTV Chinese Music Instrument TV Competition 2012 Traditional and Folk Group Silver Award, The International Invitation Competition of Jiangnan Sizhu Groups Second-class Award (2011), and selected as The Hong Kong Young Musician Grand Award (1985) and The RTHK Young Music Makers 2012. They all possess excellent skills with broad music perspective. Many members are engaged in music performing and teaching, aiming at cultivating talents in Chinese music.

The Association is committed to promoting local music and culture through commissioning of local composers to write new works. The orchestra has performed two special sessions featuring music pieces by local composers, including the “A Lively Harbour, a Sleepless City – Hong Kong” and “Starry Night” concerts; large-scale works written for mixed choirs and orchestra, including Jin Xiang’s Five Songs from Shijing, Chen Ning-chi’s The Chariest Rattle On, Leung Chi-cheung’s Lisao; and combining Chinese history, literature and ethnic group influences in concerts like “Reminiscence of the Red Cliff” and “A Spiritual Walk of Songs and Poems”. WenHuiBao called “Reminiscence of the Red Cliff” a concert with ‘multi-dimensional and outstanding artistic impact’.

The outstanding performances were well-recognized and have attracted sponsorship from various public and private organizations, such as, Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2009, 2011 & 2014), Cultural Exchange Project of the Home Affairs Bureau (2013), Jockey Club Performing Arts Venue Subsidy Scheme (2013-2014), Tai Po District Council (2010 & 2012), Canada-HK New Horizon Lions Club (2012) etc.

 

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