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Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra to play ballet music

     The Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra will perform "An Evening of Ballet Music" next month, promising a delightful evening for the audience. The concert host Simon Chau will also give an introduction on ballet music.

     Under the baton of Ambrose Law, the orchestra will perform a selection of classical ballet pieces including Delibes' "Prelude-Les Chasseresses" (from the ballet "Sylvia"), "Prelude and Mazurka", "Valse", "Czardas", "Musik der Automaten" and "Slavische Volksmelodie mit Variationen" (from the ballet "Coppelia"); Chopin's "Polonaise, Op. 40, No.1", "Prelude No. 7 in A, Op.28, No. 7", "Mazurka No. 44 in C, Op. 67, No. 3", "Valse No. 7 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2" and "Grand Valse Brillante No. 1 in E-flat, Op. 18" (from the ballet "Les Sylphides"); and Gounod's "Danse Prelude-Valse Modere", "Entree des Jeunes Troyennes", "Variation d'Helene" and "Entree des Jeunes Nubiennes" (from the ballet "Faust").

     Founded in 1982, the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra is administered under the Hong Kong Symphony Society. The orchestra offers a wide-ranging repertoire from classical chamber music to popular film music thanks to the recruitment of some of the best musicians - both professional and amateur - available in Hong Kong. The orchestra has staged a great variety of concerts over the years, including the "East Meets West" jazz concert, the "Children's Story Time" family concert, "A Musical Salute to Beautiful Nature", "A Hard Day's Night", "Joe Hisaishi and Hayao Miyazaki - The Animation Symphony" and "The Orchestra's Holiday".

     Details of the programmes are as follows:

December 4 (Sunday), 7.30pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre

December 30 (Friday), 8pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre

     "An Evening of Ballet Music" by the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra is one of the attractions of the "Cheers!" series. Tickets priced from $80 to $140 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 CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20 per cent is offered for the "Cheers!" series and group booking. Please refer to the programme leaflet for details.

     For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, visit For more information, visit .

     Other programmes in the "Cheers!" series include "Fruit Story" by Fantasy Puppet Theatre; The puppet ballet "The Little Mermaid" by Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu Puppet Troupe of China; "A Concert of Popular Chinese Music" by the Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra; "The Snowman & The Bear" by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; "A Fantastic Journey @ X'mas" by Jumbo Kids Theatre; "The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer" by Weeping Spoon Productions (Australia); HKOS 2011 X'mas Concert: "A Thankful Christmas"; "Heroic Boys" by the Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China; Red Star Red Army Chorus (Russia); "ONIONOISE" by the Vegetable Orchestra (Austria); and "The Little Snowman & Sunflower II" by Make Friends With Puppet. Please check the booklet and individual programme leaflets for details.

Ends/Friday, November 4, 2011


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