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June
China Philharmonic Orchestra set for Hong Kong

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The China Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on July 18 (Friday) at 8pm at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

Led by Music Director, conductor and violin soloist Lim Kek-han, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, together with guest piano soloist Dan Moore, will showcase various classic pieces. The performance will be presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), under the Arts Care Scheme.

The programme will include Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Li Kuo Chuen's Singing the Night among Fishing Boats; Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, The Unfinished and Offenbach's Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld. Violin soloist Lim Kek-han and guest conductor Terry Leung will perform in Ravel's Tzigane, while piano soloist Dan Moore will perform in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat, Op.73, Emperor.

Lim Kek-han founded the Lim Kek Han Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977, with himself as Music Director and principal conductor. The orchestra presents a number of concerts every year, featuring different kinds of music. Famous soloists and guest conductors are also invited from Mainland China and overseas to perform with the orchestra.

In 1993, the orchestra's 16th anniversary, its name was changed to the Hong Kong China Philharmonic Orchestra. On July 1, 1997, it was changed again to the China Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lim Kek-han began violin lessons under renowned Russian teacher Ywan Federoff and Dutch teacher Frits Hinse at the age of six. Graduating with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in Amsterdam in 1951, Lim represented Holland three times in international music forums and he was the concertmaster of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. He later furthered his studies on conducting at the Paris Conservatoire and the National Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.


In 1958, he went to the then USSR as a representative of Mainland China and performed with the best-known orchestras there. In 1963, Lim was made the conductor and Music Director of the Central Radio Symphony Orchestra. He lived in Hong Kong in 1971.

Canadian Dan Moore made his orchestral debut at the age of 14. At 17, he performed Brahms' Concerto No. 2 in B-flat with the National Symphony. He studied at Juilliard School of Music with the legendary Rosina Lhevinne (teacher of Van Cliburn, John Browning) and Martin Canin, and while in his teens, with Egon Petri (Busoni's associate/duo-piano partner).

Moore received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in piano from the Juilliard School of Music, where he was awarded the Morris Loeb Prize in Piano Performance by the Juilliard faculty upon graduation. He toured Europe as a pianist with an Israeli orchestra. His most recent tour of Europe included 60 appearances in nine countries. Among the awards bestowed on him are Fulbright Fellowship, the Phi Mu Sinfonia Foundation Award and Concert Artists Guild (Performance) Award.

Tickets priced at $140, $100 and $70 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Patrons can enjoy a special offer of free selections from any of the Arts Care programmes: 20% discount for each purchase of 4 to 7 tickets, or 40% discount for each purchase of 8 or more tickets.

The Arts Care Scheme is also applicable to patrons who enjoy existing ticketing concessions: half-price for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis), or 10% off for Friends of LCSD performing venues (up to two full-price tickets for any one performance).

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

End/Wednesday, June 18, 2003

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