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China Film Philharmonic to perform Western and Chinese movie themes

The China Film Philharmonic will perform music of the silver screen, from Broadway and Hollywood to the Chinese cinema classics, in "The Sound of Movies", a series of four concerts in late December.

December 27 (Sat) Tuen Mun Town Hall Auditorium
Broadway Charms
December 28 (Sun) Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium
Oscar Hits
December 29 (Mon) Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Cinema Classics
December 30 (Tue) Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
Dragon Hearts

The concerts, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, start at 8pm.

"Broadway Charms" presents music from New York's Broadway and popular musicals, ranging from "The Sound of Music" and "My Fair Lady" to Disney's "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast".

"Oscar Hits" is a medley of popular music including excerpts from the "Harry Potter" movies and "The Lord of the Rings".

"Cinema Classics" serves as a reminder of the frequent use of Western classical music in earlier films, including Walt Disney's "Fantasia" and its sequel "Fantasia 2000", "Gone with the Wind" and the Visconti classic "Death in Venice".

"Dragon Hearts" includes the ever-popular "Butterfly Lovers Concerto" and suites from "The Mermaid", "The White-Haired Girl" and "The Red Detachment of Women".

Joining the China Film Philharmonic and conductors Bian Zushan and Li Ling will be violin soloists Yu Lina, Andrew Ling and Felix Tham, erhu soloist Li Mei, and a renowned local pianist, Nancy Loo.

Founded in 1949, the China Film Philharmonic is one of the oldest national musical organisations in China. The orchestra has recorded music for over 2,000 films, TV dramas and documentaries. It has collaborated with many renowned conductors, composers, recitalists and dancers from the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Switzerland, Byelorussia and Denmark.

Tickets priced at $200, $150, $100 and $60 for Tuen Mun Town Hall and Tsuen Wan Town Hall; and $230, $160, $110 and $70 for Hong Kong City Hall are available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are offered to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis).

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: two different programmes, 10%; three different programmes, 15%; four or more different programmes, 20% (except the Workshops Series). 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 7230.

This programme comes under the Cheers! Series. Other programmes in the series are: "Chinese Music for Families" by The Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra; "The Nutcracker" by the Hong Kong Ballet (sponsor programme); Hong Kong Oratorio Society Christmas Concert 2003 (sponsor programme); "The Snowman and The Bear" by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong; "The Star Keeper" by the Theatre de l'Oeil (Canada); "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 .

Ends/Friday, November 7, 2003
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