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Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra in October concert

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Great Music series presents a concert by renowned Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer and the acclaimed Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra in October.

     Kremer formed the Kremerata Baltica in 1997 to mark the year of his 50th birthday, and it rapidly gained an international reputation as one of the finest chamber orchestras of its generation. For its visit to Hong Kong, the ensemble's programme features Kremer as solo violinist in two works – Shostakovich's "Violin Sonata" in a version for solo violin, strings and percussion, and Schumann's sweepingly romantic "Cello Concerto" transcribed as a violin concerto. The orchestra will also perform Bruckner's "Adagio" (from String Quintet in F) and "Symphony No.10" by the Polish/Russian composer Weinberg, a protégé of Shostakovich.

     Of the world's leading violinists, Gidon Kremer has perhaps had the most unconventional career. His repertoire is unusually extensive and he is always willing to bring new music to audiences in a way that respects tradition yet remains contemporary. Kremerata Baltica, a pun on Camerata and the Kremer's name, is comprised mostly of young musicians from the Baltic States. The ensemble is well versed and widely acclaimed in performing Kremer's bold and innovative contemporary repertoire.

     "Gidon Kremer, the great Latvian violinist and the brilliant chamber orchestra he has drawn from his own and neighbouring republics, performed with flair, intensity, precision and delicacy." The Independent (UK)

     The concert by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica will be staged at 8pm, October 15 (Monday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced $520, $430, $350, $260 and $180 are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card 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 Great Music package discount is available for any purchase of tickets for two or more concerts from among Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, The English Concert, Wells Cathedral Choir, Piano Recital by Krystian Zimerman and Piano Recital by Piotr Anderszewski. A group booking discount is also available for individual programmes. Please refer to the Great Music programme booklet and individual leaflets for details.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321, or visit . For ticketing enquiries, please call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit .

     A pre-concert talk (conducted in Cantonese) hosted by Albert Ho (lecturer of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts) will be held at 6.45pm on October 15 (Monday) at the Level 4 Foyer, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ends/Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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