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2012
March
Charles Castleman to play Tchaikovsky classics with Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra
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     The Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with renowned violinist Charles Castleman in April for two concerts featuring three classical works by Tchaikovsky.

     The enriching programme includes "Romeo and Juliet Overture" with guest conductor Professor Gabriel Leung; "Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35", under the baton of Dr Yip Wai-hong; and "Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op. 36", under assistant conductor Law Po-kwan.

     Charles Castleman, perhaps the world's most active performer on the violin, has been a soloist with orchestras in Philadelphia, Boston, Brisbane, Chicago, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Seoul and Shanghai. His medal-winning performance in Brussels of a Léon Jongen concerto is included in a CD set of the 17 best prize-winning performances from the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition's 50-year history.

     The Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra was established in 1996. Members, aged from 7 to 18, are recruited in highly competitive open auditions and most of the violinists have obtained internationally-recognised diplomas. Trained under the baton of Yip Wing-sie, the orchestra has been invited to perform at various important occasions, including concerts in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, the United States and Canada.

     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Tchaikovsky Classics - Charles Castleman and Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra" will be staged at 8pm on April 21 (Saturday) at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall, and at 3pm on April 22 (Sunday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $160, $140 and $110 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). Please refer to programme leaflets for details of the group booking discount.

     For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999. Internet booking is available at www.urbtix.hk. For more information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/00000380.html.

Ends/Monday, March 12, 2012
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