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Korean and Taiwanese violinists to perform with local orchestra

     Korean violinist Bae Ik-Hwan, gold medal winner of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, will join violinist Hsu Shu-Ting and locally based Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra to perform in two concerts next month (September).

     Under the baton of the orchestra's music director Dr Yip Wai-hong and guest conductor Mr Jimmy Chiang, Bae will play Bruch's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor" and join Hsu to play Bach's "Double Violin Concerto in D minor"; and the orchestra will play Brahms' "Variations on a Theme of Haydn" and Dr Yip's "For the Love of the Homeland Overture".

     Bae Ik-Hwan was born in Seoul and made his professional debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of 12. Two years later he became the youngest recipient of the Korean Government Award in Arts. After graduation from the Juilliard School of Music, he has been busy performing worldwide.

     In 1985, he received the gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, and also was a prize winner at the Munich ARD International Competition in 1984. In 1986 he was a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

     Taiwanese violinist Shu-Ting Hsu earned a doctorate and a Master's degree in Music in violin performance and a Performer's Diploma at  Indiana University in the United States. Hsu had her first public solo performance when she was 12. Since then she has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Taiwan and with the Indiana University Orchestra and has toured China, Europe and the United States as a soloist with renowned ensembles and musicians.

     The Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra is a highly organised orchestra that aims to promote music among the public, especially the younger generation, in Hong Kong. The orchestra has performed frequently in Hong Kong with internationally renowned conductors and soloists over the past 30 years. By using the idiom of popular music and organising concert talks, the orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, and at the same time, raised awareness of indigenous culture.

      Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), "Bae Ik-Hwan plays Bruch" will be held at 8pm on September 4 at the Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall, and at 3pm on September 5 at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets priced at $80, $110 and $140 (Tuen Mun performance) and $110, $130 and $160 (Sha Tin performance) are now available at URBTIX outlets. Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for CSSA recipients on a first-come-first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20% is offered for group booking schemes. Please refer to the programme leaflet and LCSD's website for details.

     For enquiries about the programme, call 2268 7321 or visit . Ticketing enquiries can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at .

Ends/Wednesday, August 4, 2010


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