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Hong Kong Oratorio Society performs music of Golden Baroque

     The Hong Kong Oratorio Society will present the concert "The Golden Baroque: Handel and his Friends" in September to play European music of the 17th and 18th centuries with its gorgeous and elaborate style of musical ornamentation.

     The programme includes Baroque music from England: Clarke's "Trumpet Voluntary"; Italy: excerpts from Vivaldi's "Gloria in D" and Concerto for Harp & Strings; and Germany: excerpts from Bach's "Magnificat in D". On the 250th anniversary of Handel's death, there will also be excerpts from Handel's "Messiah".

     Under the baton of Professor Chan Wing-wah, the Hong Kong Oratorio Society will perform with members of the local music elite, including the Hong Kong Strings, Wong Kin-yu (organ), Peter Yue (harpsichord), Teresa Suen (harp), soprano Penelope Chan, counter-tenor Enico Luk, tenor Sam Kan and bass Petrus Cheung. The SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School Choir has been invited to perform as guest choir.

     Chan is a prolific composer of orchestral, chamber and choral works including hymns, children songs and film scores. His international awards include "First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest" in the United States, the "Yoshiro Irino Memorial Award" from the Asian Composers League and the "20th Century Masterpiece Award" by the China Culture Promotion Society in Beijing. He is now the Associate Head of the College of Humanities and Law at the School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU SPACE), and Head of its Centre for Creative and Performing Arts.

     "The Golden Baroque: Handel and his Friends" by the Hong Kong Oratorio Society is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The concert will be at 8pm on September 13 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Tickets priced at $120, $100 and $80 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (Limited tickets for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

     For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programme.

     Professor Chan will give a pre-concert talk (in Cantonese) at 7.30pm, Thursday, September 3, at AC2, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ends/Thursday, August 13, 2009


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