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HK Youth Symphony Orchestra to warm audience with Italian Passion

     What are the characteristics of the romantic style music of Italy? How would a 14-year-old talented youth master Paganini's violin concerto?

     The "Italian Passion" Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra Annual Concert, organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be held at 8pm on November 22 (Sunday) at the Auditorium of the Tsuen Wan Town Hall. More than 100 members of the orchestra will perform Italian orchestral classics under the batons of Music Office Instructors Ng Ka-ming and Simon Li.

     The 14-year-old violin soloist Ethan Tsai will perform Paganini's first violin concerto "Violin Concerto No.1, Op.6", while viola soloist Dr Joseph Kam, the Music Office Instructor, will play Berlioz's "Harold in Italy, Op.16". Other selected repertoires include Verdi's "Nabucco Overture" and Rossini's "Sonata No.3 for String Orchestra".

     Tsai has won numerous awards in the United States, including the Menuhin-Dowling Young Musician's Award in 2004, First Place and Best Chinese Piece Performance at CMTANC Youth Music Competition in 2005, State Winner of String Solo from California Music Teacher Association in 2006 and Laureate of the Junior Bach Festival 2007. Tsai joined the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra last year.

     Dr Kam graduated from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and obtained his doctorate in musical arts at the University of Michigan. He has performed with various international famous artists, including Gustav Meier, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Sergiu Comissiona, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yo-Yo Ma.

     Since its establishment in 1978, the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra has been providing advanced-level orchestral training for young musicians. Many orchestra members have become eminent professionals over the past 30 years.

     The orchestra has collaborated with many conductors and soloists of international acclaim to join concert tours to France, Israel, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Australia, Mainland China, United States and Singapore. These tours not only facilitate international cultural exchange, but also elevate the musical standard and broaden the vision of young musicians.

     Tickets priced at $80, $60 and $40 for the concert are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2796 7537 or 2582 5311 or visit the website ( Internet bookings can be made at ( and telephone reservations on 2734 9009.

Ends/Thursday, October 29, 2009



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