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October
YWCA Chinese Orchestra schedules four family concerts

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The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra will perform "Chinese Music for Families" on November 16 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre; November 23 (Sunday) at the Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre; December 14 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, North District Town Hall; and December 28 (Sunday) at the Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre. The concerts start at 3pm.

Themes will include Kung Fu Stories, Popular Film and TV Songs, Pop Classics, Capering Notes, Guangdong Music, Songs for Children, The Exotic Mood of Foreign Lands and Shades of Hong Kong.

Well-known pieces such as "Dagger Society" Overture, "Sister Song", "Tales of a Small Town", "We are Chinese", "Nine Hundred and Ninety-nine Roses", "Doraemon", "Ultraman Tiga" "Under the Lion Rock", "Hong Kong is Our Home", "In the Days of Youth" and "The Dance of Youth" will be played.

With its spoken introductions and musical demonstrations, the orchestra will not only please the audience but increase its knowledge of Chinese music as well.

Joining the orchestra and conductor Cheng Yuk will be soloists Lo Wai-leung (suona/guan), Lo Sung-wing (erhu), Chan Chiu-yiu (paixiao), Hui Chun-wai (zhongruan), Wong Yuen-chun (zheng) and Ho Wing-yin (pipa).

Founded in 1962, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra is one of the longest established of local Chinese orchestras. Its regular performances introduce audiences to the different varieties of Chinese folk music; it also provides training and performance opportunities for young musicians. Many members of the orchestra have won prizes in music competitions, and several have become professional musicians.

The performances are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $70 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%. For purchases of Cheers! Series tickets, the following discounts apply: 2 different programmes, 10%; 3 different programmes, 15%; 4 or more different programmes, 20% (except the Workshops Series). A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

This programme comes under the Cheers! Series. Other programmes in the series are: "The Snowman and The Bear" by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; "The Nutcracker" by the Hong Kong Ballet (sponsor programme); Hong Kong Oratorio Society Christmas Concert 2003 (sponsor programme); "The Star Keeper" by the Theatre de l'Oeil (Canada); "The Sound of Movies" by the China Film Philharmonic; "Dragon Mirage" by the Shengyang Acrobatic Troupe of China; and the Workshops Series.

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.

Ends/Thursday, October 16, 2003

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