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Austria's Vegetable Orchestra to perform "Onionoise"

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has invited Austria's Vegetable Orchestra to perform on three nights starting next month. With vegetable musical instruments and visual projection mixing with a wonderful smell of vegetables in the air, the concerts will appeal to all the senses. As an encore, some of the audience will be served fresh vegetable soup.

     The Vegetable Orchestra is a one-of-a-kind troupe that performs using instruments made from fresh vegetables. The use of a range of ever-refined vegetable instruments creates a musically and aesthetically unique sound universe.

     The orchestra was founded in 1998 and has played more than 200 concerts around the world, including shows in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. It has also participated in various festivals for classical, electronic, improvised and world music with critical acclaim.

     There are no musical boundaries for the Vegetable Orchestra. It fuses the most diverse music styles - contemporary music, beat-oriented house tracks, experimental electronic music, free jazz, noise, dub, clicks 'n' cuts - and the musical scope of the project expands continuously. Recently developed vegetable instruments and their inherent sounds often determine the stylistic direction.

     Details of the programme are as follows:

December 30 (Friday), 8pm
Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre

December 31 (Saturday), 8pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre

January 1, 2011 (Sunday), 8pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre

     "Onionoise" by the Vegetable Orchestra from Austria is one of the attractions of the "Cheers!" series. Tickets priced from $140 to $220 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 7323; for ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, visit; for more information, visit

Ends/Wednesday, November 30, 2011


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