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July
Orchestra to bring back concerts due to popular demand

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The Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra will present two more concerts featuring music from Japanese animated movies, because of an overwhelming response from audiences.

The concerts, under the baton of Ambrose Law, will showcase orchestral music composed by Joe Hisaishi from Hayao Miyazake's movies with transcriptions by Law.

They will take place at 8pm, August 9 (Saturday) at the Auditorium of the Tsuen Wan Town Hall and at 3pm, August 10 (Sunday) at the Auditorium of the Tuen Mun Town Hall.

As in the last concerts in January, the orchestra will play "Laputa: The Castle in the Sky", "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind", "My Neighbour Totoro", "Kiki's Delivery Service", "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away". Two young narrators, Chan Hin-hang and Chan Hin-hou, will introduce the pieces in Cantonese.

As the largest and most versatile performing group under the Hong Kong Symphony Society, the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra can be increased to quadruple-wind scale with more than a hundred players. Its wide repertoire covers large-scale orchestral and symphonic works. Besides Western classical music, the orchestra also promotes contemporary Chinese orchestral and other types of music.

Ambrose Law studied conducting under Brother Fantini and Maestro Lim Kiktjiang at an early age. In 1982, with more than 100 young instrumentalists, Law founded the Hong Kong Symphony Society with collaboration from four orchestras, namely the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chamber Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Pops Orchestra and the Hong Kong Symphonic Band. In recent years, Law has successfully conducted concerts with the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, including "Fantasia in D Music of Disney", "An evening of Abba". Law has also teamed up frequently with other performing groups at their invitation. In 1993, he was commissioned to compose music for the drama, "Poets Li and Du". In recent years, he has introduced computer technology to classical performances. A digital compact disc of his work "Poets Li and Du" was released in 1995.

In 1998, Chan Hin-hang and her younger brother, Chan Hin-hou presented "The Polliwogs find their Mum" in the Hong Kong Children's Story Telling Competition and won the championship in the family group. With a keen interest in music, they are members of the Bear Children's Choir and Bear Djembe Drum Circle and perform frequently in different kinds of programmes such as musicals "Cook Up Some Music" and "A Precious Little Baby" with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in the Family Reunion Concert at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. They have also recorded children's music-teaching materials.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, tickets priced at $100, $80 and $60 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Patrons can receive a 20% discount for a single purchase of four to seven tickets and 40% off for eight or more tickets of any programmes in the Arts Care ticket scheme. This offer is also applicable in conjunction with existing ticketing concessions: 50% off for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (Limited student and CSSA tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis), or 10% off for Friends of Leisure and Cultural Services Department performing venues (up to two full-price tickets per performance). Box seats and lounge packages are available for the performances, please call 2268 7237 for details. The Arts Care Scheme also introduces Hotel and Food and Beverage Offers. Information can be obtained from Leisure and Cultural Services performing venues or the Arts Care website: www.lcsd.gov.hk/specials/arts-care.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp. Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone booking on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through http://www.urbtix.gov.hk.

End/Friday, July 11, 2003

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