The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra will collaborate with the Bear Children's Choir to give three concerts in March.
Under the batons of Chan Chiu-yin and Tse Kim-fei, the orchestra will perform "The City without Night", "Spring Festival Overture", "Three Xinjiang Folk Songs", "Birthday Celebrations", "Do Re Mi", "A Folk Medley" and "Lullaby". The orchestra will also perform with the Bear Children's Choir in the musical "Frère Jacques" (Cantonese version).
Founded in 1962, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra is one of the oldest Chinese orchestras in the city. The orchestra is dedicated to introducing a wide range of Chinese folk music to the public, as well as providing training and performing opportunities for local young musicians.
The orchestra has recently collaborated with an array of conductors and musicians from the Mainland and Hong Kong. In 2007, the orchestra visited Melbourne for a concert with the Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra. The orchestra's performances have received great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
The Bear Children's Choir was formally established in 1997, based on a core group of children who had performed regularly and made various recordings of children's songs, stories and language learning materials since 1987. Choir members are trained in a variety of fields including vocal music, dance, storytelling, professional recording and videotaping, stage performance, making children's MV and webcast programmes. The children are encouraged to explore their interests while also participating in a variety of performance and voluntary work to apply their skills and enhance what they have learned.
The choir has participated in many major productions, including "Cook Up Some Music", "The Magic of Chinese Music", "The Panda's Diary" and the musical "A Precious Little Baby", and also performed in the presentation ceremony for the 21st Hong Kong Film Awards. The choir has been a frequent winner of TVB's 10 Best Children's Song Awards.
The concerts by the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. They will be held at 8pm, March 17 (Saturday), at the Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre; at 3pm, March 18 (Sunday), at the Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre and 3pm, March 25 (Sunday), at the Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre. Tickets priced at $100 are now available 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 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 group bookings.
For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/0000037e.html. Ticketing enquiries can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at www.urbtix.hk.
Ends/Friday, February 17, 2012