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April
Young classical music stars to perform in Family Series

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The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present two concerts by the Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra on April 26 and 27 under the Family Series.

Music Director and Conductor Dr Yip Wai-hong and Guest Conductor Carmen Koon will lead two talented young musicians in the performance that includes Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Herbert's March of the Toys, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op 64 and Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op 16.

The 15-year-old violin soloist, Lao Li, was a student of renowned violin professor Lin Yaoji. In 2001, she won first prize and Performance Award of Chinese Compositions in the Fourth Violin Competition (Youth Group) held by the Central Conservatory. In the same year, she won the third prize of the Seventh Violin Art Competition, China. Lao has appeared as a soloist with the Beijing Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony and Chinese Youth Chamber Orchestras. She was highly praised by audiences and critics for her passion in violin playing.

Another young musician to perform in the concert is piano soloist Zhang Haochen. At the age of five, he performed the complete Bach 15 Two-part Inventions and sonatas of Haydn and Mozart in the Five-year-old Children's Piano Recital at the Shanghai Concert Hall. In 1997, he won the first prize and the best interpretation of Chinese compositions in the Pearl River Piano Competition held in Shanghai. In 1999, he was awarded the first prize in the Tenth Spring of Shanghai Piano Competition. In 2002, Zhang gave a recital at the School of Arts in Shenzhen in a programme of the complete Chopin Op 10 Etudes and sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven, with critical acclaim. In October 2002, Zhang won first prize in the piano competition of the Fourth Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians' Competition, and at the tender age of 12, was the youngest prize-winner in the competition.

The Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra was established by Dr Yip in 1996. Members, aged from seven to 16, are recruited under highly competitive open auditions. The orchestra has groomed many young talented musicians like Lu Wei and Yang Tianwa who have gone on to achieve much success. They were highly praised by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Issac Stern, and Yang Xiaoyu won first prize in the violin competition of the Fourth Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians' Competition last year.

Details of the programme schedule are as follows:

April 26 (Saturday) 3pm Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

April 27 (Sunday) 3pm Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

Tickets priced at $80 to $150 for the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and $60 to $100 for the Tsuen Wan Town Hall are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (discount tickets for CSSA recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). For other group bookings and package booking discount schemes, check details from programme leaflets.

For ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit www.urbtix.gov.hk. For more programme details, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp.

Violin soloist Lao Li will stand in for Tan Yabing who injured her arm in a bicycle accident and was diagnosed unfit to perform.

End/Wednesday, April 2, 2003

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