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Female string quartet to showcase Chinese music

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The four versatile female musicians who make up the Qing-Mei-Jing-Yue Ensemble will soon perform in Hong Kong.

"Four Chinese Strings in Concert", featuring Fan Weiqing (zheng), Yu Hongmei (erhu), Yang Jing (pipa) and Liu Yuening (yangqin), is scheduled for August 30 (Saturday) at 8 pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre.

The concert will include the quartets "Rain in the Heart", "The Whirlpool", "Somewhere Far, Far Away", "The Moon on the West River", "Like Song and Dance", "The Falling Petals" and "Sketches of a Waterside Village" ("A Black Awning Boat", "The Waterwheel", "The Fish Pond"); an erhu and yangqin duet, "Double"; and the plucked string trio "The Conqueror of Western Chu".

The Qing-Mei-Jing-Yue Ensemble, which takes its name from the names of its four members, was established in 1996. It has been one of the most active performing groups in Mainland musical circles in recent years, energetically promoting the development of Chinese music.

The four musicians have never stopped exploring new possibilities in their performances. They have successfully incorporated Western instruments and multimedia elements into their music. Their rich repertoire includes traditional classics and contemporary pieces. The members also adapt and compose their own music. Their first CD, "The Poem of the Setting Sun", was released in 1999. Over the years, their concerts have received an overwhelming response from music lovers.

The August 30 concert is part of the Arts Care scheme presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $150 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Patrons can enjoy 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 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 performing venues (up to two full-price tickets per performance). The Arts Care scheme has also introduced Hotel and Food and Beverage Offers. Information can be obtained at venues or on the Arts Care website: www.lcsd.gov.hk/specials/arts-care.

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

End/Saturday, July 19, 2003

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