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Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and soprano Anna Baxter to perform works by Richard Strauss

     The Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra will perform with soprano Anna Baxter this March in two concerts entitled "Love & Hate, Life & Death with Richard Strauss" and presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

     Under the baton of guest conductor Jimmy Chiang, the concerts will offer an all-Richard Strauss programme including "Four Last Songs", "Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24" and "Salome, Op. 54 - Final Scene".

     Founded by Dr Yip Wai-hong, the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra is a highly organised orchestra aiming at promoting music among the general public, especially the young generation in Hong Kong. In order to achieve its goal, the orchestra has given several hundred performances over the course of more than 30 years in the Hong Kong City Hall, regional town halls and civic centres. A number of internationally famous conductors and soloists have been invited to perform with the orchestra. By using the idioms of popular music and organising concert talks, the orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, and at the same time has brought about an awareness of the indigenous culture of the people.

     Soprano Anna Baxter was a prize winner at the 2007 International Singing Competition of Passau in Germany, and also won numerous other competitions during her studies in the US. She has given concerts and recitals in the US, Europe and Asia with orchestras such as the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Sherman Symphony Orchestra and more.

     Guest Principal Conductor Jimmy Chiang was a winner of the renowned International Competition of Young Conductors Lovro von Matacic in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2007. Since autumn 2013, he has held the position of Kapellmeister of the world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir, for which he leads the choir in regular concerts, masses at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna and concert tours worldwide.

     "Love & Hate, Life & Death with Richard Strauss" - Concert by Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra will be staged at 8pm on March 22 (Saturday) at the Auditorium of Tsuen Wan Town Hall and at 3pm on March 23 (Sunday) at the Auditorium of Tuen Mun Town Hall. Tickets priced at $100, $120 and $140 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). Group booking discounts are also available.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at Visit for more information on the programme.

Ends/Friday, February 21, 2014
Issued at HKT 12:15


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