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March
Young violinist to perform with local children's orchestra
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Young violinist Tang Yun will join the Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra to perform "Together with Tang Yun" concerts in April.

The performances, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be staged on April 24 (Saturday) at 8pm at the Auditorium of the Yuen Long Theatre and April 25 (Sunday) at 3pm at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

The music director and conductor of the concerts will be Dr Yip Wai-hong. The programme includes Tchikovskosky's "Andante for String Orchestra, Op. 30"; "Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35" and "1812 Overture, Op. 49", Massenet's "Meditation" (from Thais); Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20"; Liszt's "Consolations, S. 172" (April 24 only) and Schubert's "Ave Maria" (April 25 only).

Tang Yun, a 15-year-old violinist, started learning the instrument from his father when he was very young. He was under the tutelage of Professor Zhao Jiyang, former principal of the Primary School affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1996. In 1997, Tang Yun entered the Primary School with outstanding results, where he was a pupil of Professor Huang Chenxing. He came fifth in the 7th National Violin Competition in 2001 and in the following year, he entered the Secondary School affiliated to the Central Conservatory, where he was trained by Professor Lin Yaoji, a famous violin teacher.

Tang performed at the award presentation ceremony for Outstanding Persons of the Year in China's Economic and Financial Sectors, the 2003 Chinese New Year Concert in Beijing and the Presentation Ceremony of 'Huabiao' Awards for the Chinese Film Industry in 2003. Tang was selected to play the starring role in "Together" (2002), a film about music by Chen Kaige, a Chinese director of international fame. He has also appeared in the television drama series, "Illegal Intelligence".

Dr. Yip Wai-hong established the Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra in 1996. Members, from seven to 16, have received training under the baton of Yip Wing-sie. In 1997, the orchestra successfully held its inaugural concert and has organised its annual concert since then with critical acclaim. In November, 2001, the orchestra was invited to perform two concerts in Bangkok as part of the birthday celebration activities for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

Tickets priced at $100, $80 and $60 for Yuen Long Theatre and $150, $120, $100 and $80 for Hong Kong Cultural Centre 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 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%. A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

Box Seats and Lounge Packages are available at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre for private gatherings. For details, call 2268 7237.

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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