So tonight is finally the Hong Kong premier of my orchestration ‘Guardians of the World.’ It is going to be performed at a joint concert between the Hong Kong Juvenile & Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra and members of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra. The rehearsals thus far have been great, and I’m really happy with the way that the piece is sounding.

We (members of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra) arrived in Hong Kong three days ago just as a major typhoon hit. We should’ve been able to get from the airport to the hotel within an hour, but it ended up taking about three and a half instead. During the night the typhoon reached Level 10, which is the highest level, and hasn’t occurred since 1999. Thus far our time in Hong Kong has been really rainy.

Before we came to Hong Kong we spent a week in Taipei where we did some music and instrument shopping (I bought an erhu), and saw a performance by The Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra at The National Concert Hall in Taipei. The performance was the most amazing performance I have ever been to. The concert hall is the most stunning concert hall I’ve ever seen, and the orchestra was truly awe inspiring. They played contemporary Chinese orchestral music, which is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. It’s nothing like classical Chinese music, and has no western equivalent (to my knowledge). It’s something that I want to try my hand at, most likely very soon.