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Star-studded line-up of musicians to perform in four "Great Music" recitals

     Four internationally renowned musicians will be in Hong Kong for a series of long-awaited "Great Music" recitals in September and October.

     The first performance will be a piano recital by Nikolai Demidenko. Invariably acclaimed for his interpretation of Russian repertoire, Demidenko is also highly praised as a Liszt pianist. Celebrating the Liszt anniversary year, he will perform an all-Liszt programme, including the composer's monumental "Sonata in B minor", a challenging milestone in the whole piano repertoire.

Piano Recital by Nikolai Demidenko
8pm, September 29 (Thursday)
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Tickets: $250, $200, $150 and $100

     Widely admired for his inspiring and illuminating playing and his poetic sensitivity, Murray Perahia holds a unique position among today's concert pianists and has won numerous prestigious record awards. He will return to Hong Kong with a recital featuring pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Chopin, all works Perahia has interpreted to wide acclaim.

Encore Series: Piano Recital by Murray Perahia
8pm, October 17 (Monday)
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets: $480, $370, $260 and $150

     Dubbed the "King of Fiddlers", violinist Itzhak Perlman will meet Hong Kong audiences again after an absence of nine years. With a brilliant career already spanning more than five decades, Perlman is revered for his formidable technique and telling interpretations. Partnered by his regular pianist Rohan De Silva, Perlman will give a programme of three great violin sonatas (Mozart's "Sonata for Violin & Piano in B flat", Beethoven's "Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 7" and Saint-Saëns' "Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 1").

Encore Series: Violin Recital by Itzhak Perlman
8pm, October 23 (Sunday)
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets: $980, $780, $520, $360 and $200

     Widely acclaimed as one of the world's most accomplished singers, both in opera houses and concert halls, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, joined by Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg and Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, will revisit Hong Kong for a recital with a specially conceived programme of lieder. The programme features songs by Mahler, Liszt, Grieg and Sibelius, among others. The versatile singer has gained a special reputation as a lieder singer.

Encore Series: Vocal Recital by Anne Sofie von Otter
8pm, October 25 (Tuesday)
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Tickets: $480, $370, $260 and $150

     The "Great Music" recital series is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets will be available from tomorrow (August 3) onwards at URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by credit card telephone booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis; "Piano Recital by Nikolai Demidenko" has CSSA recipients quota only). A maximum discount of 20 per cent is offered for the "Great Music" special recital package.

     For programme enquiries, please 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/Tuesday, August 2, 2011


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