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2019 Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra’s 37th Anniversary Concert 肇風中樂團三十七週年音樂會《飛躍的音符》
Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra
Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra was formed in 1982 in Melbourne and is the first and most established non-profit Chinese orchestra registered in Australia. Its aim is to promote traditional Chinese culture and music in Australia.
This year, the Orchestra marches into its 40th year. Thanks to continuing public support, in its quest to deliver traditional Chinese culture to mainstream society, the Orchestra remains a unique addition to the colourful multicultural scene of Melbourne. In 2015, our orchestra was invited by the National Gallery of Victoria to perform at the press conference, grand opening ceremony, VIP reception banquet and during the exhibition of A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736–1795. It was a great honour to be invited by the Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria to take part in multiple events.
Since its inception, Chao Feng has been striving to improve its standards. For 38 years, the Orchestra has rehearsed on Monday evenings at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music located at Melbourne University. In order to honour its pledge of bringing Chinese music to the community, the Orchestra regularly organises free performances and presentations at various academic and community venues to introduce Chinese music and instruments to the public. The Orchestra’s repertoire covers not only traditional, but contemporary work as well, including new arrangements of world classics and fresh approaches in performing Australian folk music.
In addition to its annual concerts and performances at local community activities, Chao Feng collaborates with leading overseas Chinese orchestras to foster cultural exchange. To date, the Orchestra has jointly performed with the Hong Kong Music Lovers Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Juvenile and Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra, Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra of Singapore, Temasek Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra of Singapore, PCC Orchestra of Malaysia, Dachung Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra of Taiwan and La Salle College Chinese Orchestra of Hong Kong. In 2008 and 2012, Chao Feng was invited to participate at the International Chinese Music Festival in Hong Kong and Shanghai respectively. In February 2019, Chao Feng, together with the Hong Kong Music Lovers Chinese Orchestra, Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra of Singapore and Vivo Experimental Orchestra of Malaysia, were invited to participate in the ‘Spring Festival Chinese Music Concert’ and ‘Bonne Musique III Concert’. These were organised by the B.C. Chinese Music Association of Canada and the Edmonton Chinese Philharmonica respectively. These events gave our members the opportunity to perform and exchange ideas with members from other orchestras. In its home ground, Melbourne, Chao Feng has been hosting local as well as visiting Chinese musicians.
Besides audio and video recordings of annual concerts and a CD of the Australian National Anthem Advance Australia Fair performed with traditional Chinese musical instruments, Chao Feng also produced a special commemorative 30th Anniversary double CD set and 35th Anniversary Memorial CD, which featured selected tracks from past concert recordings.
In 2015, the Orchestra was successful in getting registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient. All future donations to Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra of $2 and above will be tax deductible. The Orchestra thanks you for your generosity and support. Your encouragement enables the Orchestra to continue to promote Chinese music in Australia for the enjoyment of the community.
今年肇風邁進第40年，承蒙社會各界的厚愛和支持，得以茁壯成長，成功地把優秀的中國傳統樂器和音樂文化帶入墨爾本這西方社會，成為墨爾本多元文化活動極有代表性的單位，為多元文化社群增添不少色彩。2012年，肇風應墨爾本藝術中心邀請在著名的Hamer Hall音樂廳參與“Raising the Roof”音樂會演出。2015年得到維多利亞國家美術館(National Gallery of Victoria)之邀請，為《乾隆盛世展覽Golden Age of China Exhibition》的新聞發報會、開幕禮、貴賓宴和展覽館演出。能多次被墨爾本藝術中心和維多利亞國家美術館邀請參與活動，是樂團極大的榮譽。
除了每年舉辦週年音樂會及參與本地多元文化活動外，肇風經常與海外中樂團體合作，參與不同的海外文化交流活動，先後多次與著名的香港愛樂民樂團、香港青少年國樂團、香港女青中樂團、香港喇沙書院中樂團、新加坡吉豐華樂團、新加坡淡馬錫理工學院華樂團、馬來西亞專藝民族樂團和台灣大中青少年國樂團在墨爾本、香港、新加坡和馬來西亞各地聯合演出。2008年肇風應邀參加香港國際中樂節， 2012年參加由上海民族樂團舉辦的海內外民樂家音樂會。2019年二月肇風聯同香港愛樂、新加坡吉豐、馬來西亞大樂樂三個樂團在溫哥華參加了由加拿大庇詩中樂協會主辦的《四海樂聚賀新春》音樂會，與庇詩中樂團聯合演出 ; 並應邀參加了第三屆愛民頓中樂節，和加拿大愛城民樂團在《樂聚加拿大》音樂會中㩦手演出。此外，肇風也成為了本地及海外中樂人士匯集之所。
在錄音方面，除了本團週年音樂會錄音、錄影、和特別用中國傳統樂器演奏澳洲國歌Advance Australia Fair的鐳射光碟外，肇風更從音樂會現場錄音中，選出有代表性樂曲製成【肇風中樂團成立30週年紀念曲集】和【肇風中樂團成立35週年紀念曲集】精裝鐳射光碟，極受歡迎。