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December
Music from Inner Mongolia to launch Chinese Ethnic Series
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The Broadcasting and Television Art Troupe of Inner Mongolia will perform in early January at the Hong Kong City Hall and Tuen Mun Town Hall, to mark the launch of the "Chinese Ethnic Music and Dance Series".

The concert programme includes a selection of choral pieces from Inner Mongolia and traditional Mongolian singing and instrumental solos.

The Broadcasting and Television Art Troupe of Inner Mongolia is a professional music group, which records radio and television music programmes in Inner Mongolia. With most of its members drawn from the Mongolian tribe, the troupe has staged more than 100 choral concerts and other concerts in the Mainland and overseas.

The choir under the troupe took part in the national chorus competition held in Harbin at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture in 1998, and won the class one award in the adult professional section. The assessment team of China's Chorus Association commends the choir for its "distinctive ethnic style, creativity, high artistic standard and good sense of chorus singing".

In 2001, the choir won the gold medal at the "Spring of Shanghai" International Music Festival. It also came first in the categories of mixed choirs, folklore "a cappella" and folklore with instrumental accompaniment in the First and Second Choir Olympics held in 2000 and 2002 respectively.

"Concert of Mixed Chorus A Capella & Mixed Chorus" by the Broadcasting and Television Art Troupe of Inner Mongolia will be held at 8pm on January 3 and 4 at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall and the Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall respectively. Tickets priced from $80 to $200 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions apply to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients, while Friends of LCSD performing venues receive a 10% discount. Please check details on group and series booking discounts in the programme leaflets.

For ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit http://www.urbtix.gov.hk . For more programme details, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

An exhibition entitled "The Decorated Saddle - the Life and Culture of Inner Mongolia" will be held from December 12 to 17 and December 30 to January 1 at the Exhibition Gallery, Tuen Mun Town Hall. A pre-concert talk (in Putonghua) hosted by Zhang Xinhua, Artistic Director of the Broadcasting and Television Art Troupe of Inner Mongolia, will be held at 7.30pm on January 2 at Room AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free for both activities.

The "Chinese Ethnic Music and Dance Series" will be held from January to March 2004. It will feature seven Chinese minority troupes - from Inner Mongolia, Yunnan, Xinjiang and Guizhou.

Ends/Friday, December 12, 2003
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