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"The Carnival of the Animals" Concert by Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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$140, $110, $80
Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
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$140, $110, $80

Back by popular demand! Animated oil paintings bring The Carnival of the Animals right in front of your eyes!



Vocalise for Saxophone and Orchestra

           Saxophone Solo: Cho Fong-leung Charlie

Movie Music Medley
        Cinema Paradiso
        Somewhere in Time
        The Godfather
        Legends of the Fall

Under the Hawthorn Tree

In the Mood for Love

The Carnival of the Animals

           Piano Solo: Ho Shun-yin, Wong Sze-yuen



Arr. Daibo


Chen Qigang

Shigeru Umebayashi Arr. Daibo




About the Performer

Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra

Music Director/Conductor: Dr. Yip Wai-hong

Guest Conductor: Fan Tao

Saxophone Solo: Cho Fong-leung Charlie

Piano Solo: Ho Shun-yin, Wong Sze-yuen

Oil Painting: Kenneth Tsang

Motion Graphic Designer: Chih Leung


Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra


Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra is a highly organized orchestra aiming at promoting music among the general public especially the young generation in Hong Kong.  In order to achieve its goal, the Orchestra has performed frequently in the Hong Kong City Hall, regional town halls and civic centres a few hundred times over the past 34 years. A number of internationally famous conductors and soloists have been invited to perform with it. By using the idioms of popular music and organizing concert talks, the Orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, and at the same time, brought about an awareness of the indigenous culture of the people.


Dr. Yip Wai-hong 

Music Director/Conductor

Dr. Yip Wai-hong is an eminent music educator. He served Hong Kong Baptist University as the Head of Music and Fine Arts Department for almost 30 years. He founded the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Yip’s Children’s Choir and Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra with the aim to nourish young talents in Hong Kong.

The honours and accolades bestowed upon Dr. Yip include Honorary Citizenships of Fort Worth, Dallas and Tucson; The Golden Key of Avon Lake, Florida; Colonel of the State of Kentucky, the United States; and Hong Kong Art Education of the Year in 1990.  In 2003, he was awarded the Medal of Honour of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  In 2006, he was conferred the Award of Honorary University Fellow of Hong Kong Baptist University. Dr. Yip was made the Fellows of Wells Cathedral School, the United Kingdom in 2008.

In 2011, Dr. Yip was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) for his valuable contribution to children music education, as well as his dedication in promoting the development of choral and orchestral music.


Fan Tao

Guest Conductor

Fan Tao holds the rank of National First Class Conductor in China. He graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studied composition and conducting under the famous conductor and pedagogue, Huang Xiaotong. Since 1995, he has been appointed Resident Conductor of the National Radio and Film Symphony Orchestra in Beijing. Fan is praised for performances characterized by insight, conviction, powerful sound, and expansive phrasing. The orchestras and ensembles that Fan has conducted include the Finnish National Broadcasting Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Avanti Chamber Orchestra of Finland, the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra in Finland, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra in Columbia, South America, the Oberlin Symphony Orchestra in the United States, the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Australia, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and many leading orchestras in China and around the world. He often collaborates with internationally recognized soloists and choruses.

At the International Sibelius Conductors’ Competition held in Helsinki in May 2000, Fan was awarded a special prize, donated by the Sibelius Estate, by the jury which enabled him to receive a master class with Esa-Pekka Salonen. Leading music professionals at the competition commented that “Fan’s ability to control the orchestra is superb, and he is an outstanding professional conductor.” The Chairman of the jury, world-renowned maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen, was extremely impressed by Fan’s interpretation of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Fan’s subsequent performances at the annual Finnish Summer Music Festival were broadcasted on national television and were well appreciated by the public.

In the following year, he received a full scholarship to study with the renowned conductor and pedagogue, Philip Spurgeon, in the United States. In 2003, Fan premiered modern works by famous contemporary composers in the United States at the 11th Florida Contemporary Music Festival. That same year, his successful New York Carnegie Hall debut which featured contemporary music, was critically acclaimed by the media.

In 2006, China’s Ministry of Culture chose Fan to conduct an orchestra drawn from the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the opening of ASEAN’s conference in Cambodia. His live concerts and personal interviews have been broadcasted frequently on Chinese radio and CCTV. As one of the most recorded conductors, he has produced dozens of classical CDs. In 2007, he has won “The most outstanding conductor of the year” in the Top 10 Hi-Fi Award in China.

Fan was the final juror in the final round of the Oberlin International Piano Competition in 2007 and Oberlin International Concerto in 2009.


Cho Fong-leung Charlie

Saxophone Solo

Hong Kong clarinetist, Cho Fong-leung Charlie was taught by Cheung Wen in Music Office when he was 10 years old. He was taught by several renowned clarinetist including Philip Whelan, Martin Choy and Michael Campell while he was studying in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Cho was a freelance player in Pan Asia Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra when he was a student of the Academy.

Cho teaches clarinet, saxophone and conducts school bands after graduated from the Academy.  Also, he is the committee member and player in Greenfield Quartet, Eastern Wind Ensemble and City Winds Ensemble.  In 2000 he received a grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in order to participate in performances with the Eastern Wind Ensemble in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Moreover, he was one of the orchestral members of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Hong Kong in 2006.


Ho Shun-yin

Piano Solo

Ho Shun-yin, 17, began her piano studies at the Junior School of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since the age of nine with Shirley Ip, Julie Kuok and Gabriel Kwok. She was awarded Licentitate Diploma in Piano with Distinction (LTCL) and Fellowship Diploma (FTCL) at 15. Ho has won numerous awards in the annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, including the first prize in the Piano Solo Class (Composer of the Year) and Piano Concerto Class (for age 18 or under), third prize in the Tom Lee Scholarship and the Gold Medal Award.  In her school’s 120th Anniversary concert in 2011, she performed the Schumann Concerto with the Belilios Public School Symphony Orchestra.

Apart from her achievements in piano, Ho also attained Distinction in both the LTCL viola solo and Grade 8 violin of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.  She was appointed the Viola Principal and Concert Mistress of the Belilios Public School Symphony Orchestra (2011-2012) and Viola Prinicipal of the Hong Kong Youth Orchestra.


Wong Sze-yuen

Piano Solo

Wong Sze-yuen is 15 years old and began his piano studies at an early age. He studied with Huang Tian-Dong at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music. In 2008, he enrolled at the Junior School of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and studied with Wang Nan and since 2010, with Gabriel Kwok.

Wong has won many prizes in competitions including gold medal of the Grade 9 in the First National Piano Grading excellent players Showcase Competition; first prize of the Amateur Class, group C in the 75th Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition (2011) and third prize of the Open Class in 17th Hong Kong – Asia Piano Open Competition in 2012.


Kenneth Tsang

Oil Painting

Kenneth Tsang Ming-kin was born in 1983 in Hong Kong. He graduated from Baylor University in the United States in 2006, where he received a BFA in Studio Art. He also spent time in Tokyo, Japan and Florence, Italy studying art history, drawing and painting. 

Tsang had won the best of painting scholarship in the 2006 Emerging Texas Artist Award in May 2006. Tsang's first solo exhibition “The Story of Art” was held in White on white gallery in 2009. In 2010, MobArt Gallery organised an solo-exhibition “We Play Endlessly” for Tsang’s work. Tsang is one of the founders of “light up our heART”, an art-educational project. Through this project, he cooperated with other artists in the fields of drama, installation and music. They have visited various secondary and primary schools to share their works.  Tsang currently lives and works in Hong Kong.


Chih Leung

Motion Graphic Designer

Chih Leung was graduated from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) with a Bachelor of Design in Multimedia Design in 2007. Leung is currently working in EyePress News Agency as a motion graphic designer, and his job duties include the post-production and animation for news videos. In recent years, Leung participates in various multimedia projects, which include producing the visual animation for concerts (such as the animation in the Hong Kong singer Ivana Wong "I Am From Mars Live 08"), producing animated music videos (such as Mongolia MV for Modern Children, a Hong Kong band) and producing animated graphics for local short film Nostalgia. In September 2012, Leung was invited by Dr. Yip Wai-hong to be the Motion Graphic Designer in his artistic work named New “Book of Genesis”, and cooperated with Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra in the concert.



Tickets available from 15 December onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets

Programme Length

Running time of each performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.


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