Oberlin College and Conservatory

Cantonese Opera Presentation: "Music in Cantonese Opera: An Example in Connecting Music with Language"

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space
10 E. College St., Oberlin, Ohio 44074

Guest speakers for this presentation will be Leung Bo-Wah, Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts and Martin Lau, Dean of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

A light lunch will be served at noon prior to the presentation at 12:15 pm in the Birenbaum.

Professor Leung Bo-Wah is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, and Director of Research Centre for Transmission of Cantonese Opera at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). He received the prestigious Musical Rights Award from the International Music Council in 2011 and the Knowledge Transfer Award from the EdUHK in 2012 for his leadership in a research project entitled “Collaborative Project on Teaching Cantonese Opera in Primary and Secondary Schools.” Professor Leung has published various research papers in leading journals and edited books. At present, he is Chair of Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (APSMER) and Chief Editor of Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education. He was elected as board member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) thrice, and Chair of Research Commission and Music in Schools & Teacher Education Commission of the ISME.

Martin Lau was appointed Dean of Chinese Opera at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (the Academy) in January 2018. Mr. Lau holds a Bachelor of Arts (Integrated Social Science) from the University of Washington and began his career in performing arts in 1993. He had many years of experience in Chinese opera in different operational roles, performing as music director, percussion leader, stage manager, and vocal instructor for various professional troupes including Hong Kong Young Talent Opera Troupe, Dragon and Phoenix Opera Troupe, Sunrise Entertainment Production Limited, and Siu Quan Ying Opera Troupe, as well as actors and performances. Mr. Lau joined the Academy as a curriculum review consultant in 2016 and subsequently serving as the Assistant to the Dean of Chinese Opera and Administrative Director of the Young Academy Cantonese Opera Troupe (YACOT).


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