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City Chamber Orchestra tells tales of 'The Snowman' and 'The Bear'


The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong will warm up your winter and put you in a Christmas mood with "The Snowman" and "The Bear" on December 14 (Sunday) at 3pm at the Auditorium of Sha Tin Town Hall.

Joining the orchestra will be conductor Anthony Inglis, boy soprano Gabriel Ma and girl soprano Fiona Chan. The Cantonese narration of these two heartwarming stories set to music is entrusted to Jim Chim, one of Hong Kong's most versatile theatrical practitioners.

"The Snowman" and "The Bear" were written by Howard Blake and set to music by Raymond Brigg.

In "The Snowman", a young boy's snowman comes alive on Christmas Eve and takes him on a magical journey to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

In "The Bear", a young girl named Tilly visits the zoo and accidentally drops her teddy bear into the bear enclosure. That night she awakens to find a huge polar bear in her bedroom. The bear returns her beloved teddy and takes her on a fantastic ride through the crisp Christmas night.

The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong was founded in 1999 and includes musicians of more than 10 nationalities. Recent highlights include its sell-out concerts with the Swedish Voices Chamber Choir in St. John's Cathedral; a collaboration with prodigies from Russia's Spivakov International Foundation; and a performance with 17-year-old star violinist Diana Yukawa. In 2003, the City Chamber Orchestra won the Hong Kong Arts Development Council "Rising Artist Award" for outstanding contributions to music.

Anthony Inglis is one of the United Kingdom's most popular conductors. He has appeared around the world with front-rank orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia. He has also made recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra (nominated for a Grammy in 1993), the London Mozart Players and the Netherlands Radio Orchestra. His "Classical Spectaculars" have played to audiences of up to 20,000 in Britain.

Narrator Jim Chim is associate artistic director of Theatre Ensemble, an actor and a teacher. After graduating from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, he received further training in mime, drama and physical theatre in England, the United States, France and Holland.

"The Snowman" and "The Bear" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $180, $120 and $80 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are offered to 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 7231.

"The Snowman" and "The Bear" is part of the "Cheers! Series" discount scheme.

The following discounts apply: 2 different programmes, 10%; 3 different programmes, 15%; 4 or more different programmes, 20% (except the Workshops Series).

Other programmes in the "Cheers! Series" are:

-"Chinese Music for Families" by The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra;

-"The Nutcracker" by the Hong Kong Ballet;

-Hong Kong Oratorio Society Christmas Concert;

-"The Star Keeper" by Theatre de l'Oeil (Canada);

-"The Sound of Movies" by the China Film Philharmonic;

-"Dragon Mirage" by the Shengyang Acrobatic Troupe of China;

-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

Ends/Tuesday, October 28, 2003

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