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Chow Fan-fu to share the music in his life

     Chow Fan-fu, a renowned music critic in Hong Kong, the Mainland, Macau and Chinese Taipei, will continue his popular lectures with a new angle in "Music Appreciation Series – Music in My Life" Part One (conducted in Cantonese). Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, this lecture series, which looks at how music changes our lives, will run from October until January 2012. Part Two will then continue until March 2012.

     In this series of lectures, Chow will share with the audience the music that has been significant in his life, as well as the ways in which this music has influenced and changed him. Chow will also show how music, in its various mysterious ways, changes our lives.

     The ten lectures include folk songs, western and Chinese classics, Christmas carols, orchestral music, ballet music, waltzes, violin and choral music. Some have already been introduced in previous lectures, but Chow will go even deeper to explore the mystery of these pieces.

Details of the lectures content are as follows:

October 26 (Wednesday)
Topic: L. V. Beethoven: "Symphony No 9" - The simple beauty of a folk song melody.

November 2 (Wednesday)
Topic: Huang Zi: "Original Story"/"Benshi" - The innocence and imaginativeness of a child's heart.

November 9 (Wednesday)
Topic: Neapolitan Folk Song: "Torna a Surriento" and "O Sole Mio" - A moving voice which is capable of changing one's life.

November 16 (Wednesday)
Topic: P. I. Tchaikovsky: Music from Act 2, "Swan Lake Suites" - The elegance and nobility of the music that nourish the heart.

November 23 (Wednesday)
Topic: J. Strauss: "The Blue Danube" - Romantic imagination - that's what dreams are made of.

November 30 (Wednesday)
Topic: W. A. Mozart: Minuet (3rd Movement, Serenade in G major, K525) - Genuine interest and beauty, amazing classical elegance.

December 7 (Wednesday)
Topic: Handel: "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah - The sublimation of human sentiments approaches the divine.

December 21 (Wednesday)
Topic: I. Berlin: "White Christmas" - Changes in season remind one of old friendships.

December 28 (Wednesday)
Topic: Bizet: "Toreador Song" from Opera "Carmen" - Grandeur and robustness of emotions, coupled with cruel courage.

January 4, 2012 (Wednesday)
Topic: Massenet: "Meditation" - A moving work that earns the tears of all.

     The lectures will be held at 7.30pm in the Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall. Tickets priced at $50 (each lecture) for "Music Appreciation Series - Music in My Life" Part One are now available at all 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 and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis.) Please refer to programme leaflets for details of the group booking discount scheme.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321, or visit For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit

Ends/Monday, September 26, 2011


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