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September
Percussion Carnival features passionate African music Oct 19 and 25

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"Percussion Carnival", an African drums concert featuring Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra principal percussionist Lung Heung-wing and Ghanaian-born world music master Paschal Younge, will be presented on October 19 at Tsuen Wan Town Hall and October 25 at Tuen Mun Town Hall.

The concert begins at 2.30pm on both days.

African drumming styles like Dibon from Guinea, Gota from Benin, Bamaaya from northern Ghana, and Yeve will be explored. There will also be arrangements of Barry Manilow's Copacabana, Chris Crockarell's Me Tarzan (body percussion), Bizet's Carmen Fantasy, Julie Davila's Bailando La Soca (steel drums), and the Chinese traditional Chinese piece "Singing Amongst Fishing Boats".

Lung Heung-wing's "Say Goodbye to Plastic Bags" and Chris Crockarell's "Diners Club" will be performed with everyday objects such as plastic bags, spoons and forks.

What's more, the audience are invited to bring their own small percussion instruments and play along with the artists.

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London and the Juilliard School in New York, Lung has been the Hong Kong Philharmonic's principal percussionist for 19 years. He has been active in promoting world percussion and recently established a teaching centre.

Paschal Younge's parents introduced him to western and traditional Ghanaian musical instruments at the age of 3. He also mastered the organ and violin and continues to study and teach both Western and African instruments. He is assistant professor of music at the University of West Virginia, where he is in charge of the World Music Center, African Music Studies and the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble.

Also taking part in the concerts are the Hong Kong Percussion Group and Island Sun Drum.

Tickets for "Percussion Carnival" ($180, $140 and $90 for Tsuen Wan Town Hall; $150, $120 and $90 for Tuen Mun Town Hall) are available at all URBTIX outlets.

Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. For purchases of full-price tickets, the following discounts apply: 4-9 tickets, 10%; 10-19 tickets, 15%; 20 tickets or more, 20%. A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

Box Seats and Lounge Packages are available for private gatherings. For details, call 2268 7238.

Paschal Younge will talk about African drumming in a pre-performance talk on October 17 at 7:30pm at CR2, 7/F, Concert Hall Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The talk is in English with Cantonese translation. Free tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis from September 22 at the enquiry counters of Hong Kong City Hall and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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

End/Friday, September 19, 2003

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