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May
Hong Kong Oratorio Society concert has Love and Peace theme

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The Hong Kong Oratorio Society will send a message of love and peace in their forthcoming Choral Music Appreciation Series: Let There Be Peace On Earth concerts.

The concerts will take place on Sunday, June 1 at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall and on Saturday, June 7 at the Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium. Both begin at 8pm.

The programme consists of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach, excerpts from Handel's Messiah, excerpts from Haydn's The Creation, excerpts from Mendelssohn's Elijah, Fill the World with Love by Bricusse, For the Beauty of the Earth by Rutter, The Lord is My Shepherd by Chan Wing-wah and Let There Be Peace On Earth by Jackson and Miller.

Audiences can expect to gather a wealth of insight into choral music, including such fascinating trivia as the reason that listeners are expected to stand when the Alleluia Chorus of Handel's Messiah is sung.

Conducting the Hong Kong Oratorio Society will be Music Director Chan Wing-wah. The soloists are Penelope Chan, Andis Au Yeung, May Chan, Dorothy Hung, Tam Yu Leung, Simon Chan and Enoch Young, while the Hong Kong Strings, Wong Kin Yu and Peter Yue provide the accompaniment. The presenter is Nancy Loo.

Founded in 1956 and with a membership of more than 100 singers, the Oratorio Society is the oldest, largest, and most active choir in Hong Kong. It has presented more than 300 concerts of major choral works by classical and contemporary composers. It has also commissioned three choral works and performed to acclaim in Israel, Canada, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Xiamen, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Macau and Taiwan.

The Oratorio Society's music director, composer/conductor Chan Wing-wah, is a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Toronto. Among his compositions are six symphonies and other chamber and orchestral works. He was named Composer of the Year in 1991 and was a winner of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons' Awards in 1992. A conductor since his university days, he is now Professor of Music and Chairman of the Department of Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Tickets -- $120, $90 and $60 for the Hong Kong City Hall performance and $100, $80 and $60 for the Tsuen Wan Town Hall performance -- are 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. (Limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients are available on a first-come-first-served basis).

There will be a 10% discount for every purchase of 4-9 tickets, 15% for 10-19 tickets and 20% for 20 tickets or more. A 10% discount is also available for Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For information on Box Seats and Lounge Packages for private gatherings, please call 2268 7230.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing and reservations, call 2734 9009. Internet booking is available at www.urbtix.gov.hk. For credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999. Visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information.

End/Monday, May 5, 2003

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