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March
Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra to play new arranged songs
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The Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra will perform in "Chinese Music Funtasia" concerts in April and May. Chinese and Western classical songs, nursery rhymes, cartoon songs and English oldies are being re-arranged and played with traditional Chinese musical instruments.

The concerts, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will be held on April 18 (Sunday) at 3pm at the Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre; April 25 (Sunday) at 3pm at the Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre and on May 8 (Saturday) at 8pm at the Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre.

Joining the orchestra will be conductors Kam Shui-wing and Wai Sing-fat, lusheng soloist Leung Yan-shiu and suona soloist Wu Chun-hei.

The programme includes "The Flower Drum Song of Fengyang", "Do Re Mi", "Love of the Lusheng", "Uproar in Heaven", "Lantern Festival", "Turkish March", "O Susanna", "O Sole Mio", "Totoro", "Hamutaro", "Doraemon", "Ultraman Tiga" and "The Lion King".

Established in 1979, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra aims to promote Chinese music and its rich heritage. The orchestra has given many public performances at the invitation of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Music Office, the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and many local private organisations. In addition, it has toured extensively in Singapore, the United States, Australia and a number of cities in China with great success.

Conductor Kam Shui-wing joined the orchestra in 1979. He was selected many times as a member of the Hong Kong Elites to give touring performances abroad. Kam has been learning conducting with Ho Man-chuen since 1988 and recently with Henry Shek. Kam also excels in various percussion instruments.

Another conductor Wai Sing-fat joined the orchestra as a founding member in 1979. In 1983, he participated in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddford in Wales as one of the Hong Kong Elites and won third prize in the Folk Music Competition. Since the 1980s, Wai has been actively participating in conducting. He currently serves the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association as executive secretary.

Lusheng soloist Leung Yan-chiu first received sheng training from Chan Tak-yan and then from Loo Sze-wang at the Music Office. He is a member of the Academy Chinese Orchestra of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra. A student at the HKAPA, Leung is studying sheng with sheng master Cheng Tak-wai. In January 2004, he gave touring performances with the Academy Chinese Orchestra in Malaysia and Singapore and has won critical acclaim.

Suona soloist Wu Chun-hei, 17, learns suona from Ko Tit-kwan and Guo Yazhi and has twice won the Suona Competition (Advanced Class) in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Wu is a member of the Academy Chinese Orchestra of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra. He has toured with the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra to Beijing and Xi'an.

Tickets priced at $70 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.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. For Internet bookings, go to http://www.urbtix.gov.hk . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information on the programme.

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