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Youth Symphonic Band to play Japanese music after exchange tour

     The Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band will perform music by Japanese and Chinese composers at a concert next month after the band’s music exchange in Kagoshima, Japan.

     At the invitation of Kagoshima Prefectural Government of Japan, 40 members of the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band will embark on a concert tour for cultural exchange from October 17 to 20.

     To share their tour repertoire with the Hong Kong audiences, they will hold the “Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band Kagoshima Tour Post-tour Concert” on November 1 (Saturday) at 8pm at the Auditorium of the Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

     Under the batons of the Music Office Instructors Pak Wing-heng, Lee Sing-wan, Palas Chan and So Hon-tou, the band will play music pieces of Japanese traditional style - Kiyoshige Koyana’s “Kin-Shitsu for Band”; Hiromi Takahashi’s “The Rumbling Ocean” which imitates Japanese drum and Osamu Shoji’s “Disco Kid”.

     Apart from playing the Japanese band repertoire, Chinese folk music elements will also be featured. The “Romantic Charme of Pentatonism”, arranged by Wang Hesheng, is especially composed for a Western symphonic band to bringing out the unique flavour of folk songs in western China.

     The concert will also showcase some Western music pieces including Robert W. Smith’s “The Great Locomotive Chase”, Sean O’ Loughlin’s “Imani”, Frank Ticheli’s “Vesurius” and “Abracadabra”, James L. Hosay’s “Persis”, Philip Sparke’s “Earth from Symphony No. 1” and Rober W. Smith’s “The Winds of Poseidon”.

     The Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band, trained and managed by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, was formed in 1978. Over the years, it has nurtured several generations of young musicians and created a wider public interest in band music in Hong Kong. The band currently has about 70 members aged from 10 to 25.

     The band has performed with a number of distinguished guest musicians and bands including the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Tanunda Band of Australia, the Regimental Band of the Green Jackets and the Scots Guards.

     Its members conducted a concert tour to Japan in 1986 and were invited to participate in the Fifth Pacific Basin Festival in Hawaii in 1990. The band visited Australia for music exchange in 1993 and participated in the 2001 Jeju Summer Band Festival organised by Jeju City of Korea.

     Tickets priced at $80, $60 and $40 for the post-tour concert are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2796 1003 or 2582 5311 or visit the website Internet bookings can be made at and telephone reservations on 2734 9009.

Ends/Thursday, October 9, 2008


The Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band will perform in the "Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band Kagoshima Tour Post-tour Concert" on November 1.



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