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Hong Kong Oratorio Society to showcase Bach's festive works

     The Hong Kong Oratorio Society will next month (October) give a concert, "Music for Grand Occasions of J S Bach".

     Under the baton of Dr Johnny Poon, the society will collaborate with local vocalists and the Hong Kong Strings to perform Bach's well-known festive cantatas, including "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen", "Gott ist mein Konig", "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir", "Der Herr denket an uns" and "Tonet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet Trompeten!".

     Vocalists performing in the concert include Rao Lan (Soprano), Penelope Chan (Soprano), Cynthia Luff (Mezzo-soprano), Vincent Chung (Tenor) and Edmund Kwan (Bass). The concert will be held at 8pm, Sunday, October 5, at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

     Johnny Poon's credentials in education include a doctorate in conducting performance from the University of Iowa. He was a tenured associate professor of music at the University of Evansville (USA), where he served as the director of opera. He was also the recipient of the University of Evansville's Sadler & Sydney Berger Award for outstanding scholastic achievement and was twice honoured with artistic citations for Outstanding Orchestral Performance and Music Direction by the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival.

     Poon has been the music director of the Evansville Collegium Musicum (USA), the associate conductor of OperaFestival di Roma (Italy) and the artistic director of Harlaxton Music Festival (UK). He is currently the artistic director of performance activities of the Hong Kong Baptist University and the music director of the HKBU Symphony Orchestra and the Collegium Musicum Hong Kong.

     The Hong Kong Oratorio Society was founded in 1956, taking its name from its favourite genre of repertoire, the oratorio, which refers to extended choral works with religious or mythological stories. The current music director Chan Wing-wah took over the baton and was appointed in 1995 after successful collaborations with the group. The choir has performed with various professional orchestras under many famous conductors. It has also toured overseas and given performances in major cities on the Mainland.

     "Music for Grand Occasions of J S Bach" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets priced at $60, $90 and $120 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis).

     For enquiries about the programme, call 2268 7321 or visit Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at

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