MVOH 2020 Cantonese Opera Concert Goes Virtual!

Due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, the annual trans-Pacific Cantonese opera project – Multi Voices One Heart (MVOH) – will go virtual in 2020 to satisfy fans’ hunger for this well-loved heritage art.

Included as part of the 25th Festival Accès Asie (the oldest festival based in Montreal celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Canada), the MVOH Anti-COVID-19 Cantonese Opera Benefit Concert will be live streamed from Hong Kong in five parts over two days (May 23 & 24, HK time). This free marathon concert will feature over 9 hours of fine singing by some of the best practitioners (including several super stars!) in this field.

As the co-presenter, PCHC-MoM will be providing information in English about the artists and songs closer to the time of the concert. For now please subscribe to either social media platforms below:

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For every “like” received during the concert, U Sing Cantonese Opera Pavilion and its supporters together will donate $1 (CAD) and $10 (HKD) up to a maximum of $15,000 (CAD) and $100,000 (HKD) respectively to the following beneficiaries:

They will also match every dollar raised during the concert for “Anti-COVID Lunch Boxes” for the disadvantaged in Hong Kong up to a maximum of about $28,000 (HKD). In additional, a pledge has just been made to donate to $10,000 (HKD) per year for three years to create a doctoral scholarship at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Wong Chiu-Kwan |
  王超群, M.H.

In the mid-1960s, Wong Chiu-Kwan learned the art of acting from Master Tam San-San, who excelled in playing the role of the female lead in Cantonese opera. She studied “cheung hong” from Master Lau Wing-Chuen. In the 1980s she performed throughout South East Asia, and became a leading female artist in Cantonese opera after she returned to Hong Kong in the nineties. She is famous for playing female military roles, especially as the general on bound feet. Over the years she has partnered with many leading male artists, including Man Chi- Sui, Yuen Siu-Fai, Lo Ka-Ying, Ng Chin-Fung, Lung Kwun-Tin, Lee Lung, among others in forming various Cantonese Opera Troupes.

Apart from being famous for her mastery of the art of performing on bound feet, she is also recognized for her contributions in promoting Cantonese opera education and community work. In 2010 she was honoured as The Artist of the Year (Opera) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and awarded a certificate by the Home Affairs Bureau; in 2018 she was appointed as the Artistic Director of the Cantonese Opera Rookies’ Performance Series hosted by the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong.

2020 Benefit Concert
Embroidering the Fragrant Sachet
Tears on Poem Written at Night
Looking for the Lost Purple Hairpin
Farewell
The Trial at the Execution Ground
The song that Charms Marshall Chow
Love Commencing from a Simple Act of Kindness
DaiYu's Swan Song
My Life Ruined Just for Love
Rendezvous on the Terrace

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