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Over 900 young musicians to showcase all-time favourites from East and West

     Over 900 young musicians from 14 bands and orchestras will perform a selection of all-time favourites from East and West at four concerts to be presented by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in April and May.

     The first concert, featuring the Music Office Youth Brass Band, the Kowloon Youth Symphonic Band and the New Territories Youth Symphonic Band, will be held at 7.30pm on April 12 (Saturday) at the Auditorium of Kwai Tsing Theatre. Under the batons of conductors Palas Chan, Henry Cheng, Au Wai-see, Dr Darren Ho, Lee Sing-wan, Yeung Tak-man and Desmond Tse, the musicians will showcase a variety of music including John Williams's theme from "Schindler's List" arranged by Jan de Haan, Percy Aldridge Grainger's "Molly on the Shore" and Hisaishi's "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" arranged by Kojima Satomi.
     The second concert, which will include the Hong Kong Children's Symphonic Band, the Music Office Children's Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Junior Chamber Ensemble, will be held at 8pm on April 18 (Friday) at the Auditorium of Tsuen Wan Town Hall. An array of works, including Alfred Reed's "The Hounds of Spring", Zhu Yi's "Axilixi" and Dvořák's "Slavonic Dance No. 1, Op. 46" arranged by Robert McCashin, will be showcased under the batons of conductors Chan Wing-sze, Palas Chan, Janice Ho, Bosco Kwok, Tsang Chi-wai, Eddy Tse and Dr Joseph Kam.
     The New Territories Youth Chinese Orchestra, the Island Youth Chinese Orchestra, the Kowloon Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Music Office Junior Chinese Orchestra will take part in the third concert at 8pm on April 26 (Saturday) at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall. Under the batons of conductors Loo Sze-wang, Carol Fong, Cheung Hiu-fai, Tsang Chi-wai, Chan King-tsun, Li Ping, Chin King, Cheung Wai-fung, Nero Lee and Tsui Ying-fai, the groups will perform works including Xu Jingxin and Chen Dawei's "Flying Apsaras", Zhou Yuguo's "Dance of Southern Xinjiang", Su Wencheng's Capriccio "Taiwan" and Gu Guanren's "The General's Command".

     The last concert, to be staged by the Island Youth Strings, the Kowloon Youth Strings, the New Territories Youth Strings and the Hong Kong Youth Strings, will be held at 3pm on May 11 (Sunday) at the Auditorium of Yuen Long Theatre. Under the batons of conductors Lau Yeung-chit, Cheung Ching-yi, Chan Tat-kwong, Tsang Yin-yu, Fung Lo and Li Sai-hong, the groups will showcase an array of string works, including Clemens' "Fiddle-Fest", Mendelssohn's "Sinfonia No.7 in D minor, 1st movement", Handel's "Concerto Grosso No. 1, Op. 6" and selections from Grieg's "Holberg Suite".

     Tickets priced at $60, $40 and $20 for the first three concerts are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Tickets for the last concert will be available from April 11 onwards. Half-price concessions are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Credit card bookings can be made at 2111 5999 and Internet bookings can be made at
     For programme enquiries, please call 2796 1003 or 2582 5311 or visit the website at

Ends/Monday, April 7, 2014
Issued at HKT 11:20


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