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Peking opera talks to highlight the colours of famous repertories

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present two talks in April hosted by renowned Peking opera critic and former chief editor of the Hong Kong Economic Journal, Dr George C Shen. Dr Shen will look at the colours used in the famous Peking opera repertories at this year's Chinese Opera Festival.

     Dr Shen is a seasoned connoisseur of Peking opera as he was initiated into the art form at a young age, often visiting Chinese opera houses with his father. His experience is reflected in the many anecdotes and insightful critiques included in his book on famous Peking opera actors. His other publications include two collections of articles on Chinese and Western literature, four books on Western classical music, and one on Western opera and ballet, all published in the Chinese language. Dr Shen currently lives in California, where he enjoys writing and Peking opera. He is President of the Society of Chinese Performing Arts, San Francisco and Vice-President of the Mei Lanfang Society.

     Details of the talks are as follows:

April 21 (Saturday) 7.30pm
Topic: On the Stylistic Schools of Laosheng as Exemplified in "The Wild Boar Forest", "Wu Zixu" and "Beating with a Gold Brick"

April 22 (Sunday) 7.30pm
Topic: On Mei Lanfang in "The Drunken Royal Concubine" and "The Shoe Story"

     Conducted in Cantonese, the talks will be held at the Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum. Tickets priced at $60 (free seating) 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 available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7325, or visit For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit

Ends/Tuesday, March 20, 2012


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