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Mainland dizi master to perform with HK orchestra

Ma Di, a National Class One dizi player, will join the Hong Kong YMCA Chinese Orchestra to perform "Charms of the Northwest" in March.

The concert, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), will be staged on March 6 (Saturday) at 8pm at the Auditorium of the Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

Also joining the orchestra will be conductor and dizi player Cheng Yuk; zheng player Wu Lap-shan; and hand drum player Leung Ching-kit.

The programme includes Festday on Tianshan, Dance Music of Southern Xinjiang and Flying Apsaras - orchestra; Landscape of the Frontier - dizi and orchestra; Herding Cattle and The Gobi Desert - dizi solo; Joyous Rain on a Spring Night - paixiao solo; Boat Dance in Northern Shaanxi - dizi duet; Tears of Jiangnu - zheng solo; and Xinjiang Girls - hand drum solo.

Born in 1956 in Xian, Ma Di started learning dizi (or flute) at the age of nine. He entered the Xian Conservatory of Music in 1978 where he studied under Yuan Xiuhe. Later he entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he was personally coached by Tan Weiyu and the dizi virtuoso, Maestro Lu Chunling. He has been working with the Shaanxi Song and Dance Theatre since graduation.

A winner of many awards over the years, Ma has given critically acclaimed performances throughout Europe and Asia. He has also written dozens of compositions and arrangements for the dizi.

Founded in 1962, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra has organised performances regularly to introduce different Chinese folk music to the public. It also provides training and performing opportunities to young local musicians. Many of its members are winners of various music competitions, and several of them have become music professionals. In recent years, the orchestra has collaborated with an array of musical virtuosi and the performances have received great acclaim.

Tickets priced at $120, $100 and $80 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). 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 7235.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. For Internet bookings, go to . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programme.

Ends/Friday, February 6, 2004
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