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Pan Asia Symphony performs with young piano star Ning An Dec. 5-6

The Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra will perform on December 5 and 6 (Friday and Saturday) with the China-born, US-raised piano virtuoso Ning An.

Of the programme are Rachmaninov's "Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14" and "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18" and Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21".

The Rachmaninov second concerto has become a signature piece for Ning An, who made his concert debut with it in 1993 at the age of 16, backed by the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Orchestra. Just this August, his rendition of the concerto earned him first prize at the 25th William Kapell International Piano Competition.

Ning An has also appeared with the London Symphony, the Moscow Radio Symphony, the Belgian National Symphony, the Orchestre de Liege, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony and the Taipei Symphony. Last year, he joined the Warsaw Philharmonic for that ensemble's centennial tour.

Recitals have taken him to numerous festivals and important venues like the Sala Verdi in Milan, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Jordan Hall in Boston. He has excelled brilliantly in competitions: third prize at the 1999 Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Piano Competition, first prize at the 2000 American National Chopin Competition, the special Alfred Cortot Prize at the 2000 Frederic Chopin International Competition in Warsaw in 2000 and third prize at the 2002 Santander International Competition in Spain.

Conductor of the Pan Asia Symphony is Dr Yip Wai Hong, who is equally well known as a music educator and founder of the celebrated Yip's Children's Choir.

The orchestra has given hundreds of performances over the past 20 years. By using the medium of popular music and organising concert talks, it has expanded the local audience for serious music in general, and especially for Chinese orchestral music.

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

The December 5 concert will take place at the Auditorium of Sha Tin Town Hall and the December 6 concert will be held at the Auditorium of Tuen Mun Town Hall. Both start at 8pm.

Tickets priced at $100, $80 and $60 are available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Friends of LCSD performing venues also receive a 10% discount.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit ; for more details and information, visit .

Ends/Tuesday, November 11, 2003
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