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Organ and piano duo concert to be staged in May
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The enchanting sounds of the organ and piano will come together in a concert presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department next month.

"Duo Concert by Peter Stevenson (Organ) and Stephen Wong (Piano)" will be staged in May at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

The programme includes Purvis' Suite for Piano and Organ, "From the Sierra", Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" (BWV565), Boellmann's "Toccata" (from "Suite Gothique") and Peeters' "Concerto for Organ and Piano" (Op.74).

Peter Stevenson served as sub-organist of Ripon Cathedral and was subsequently director of music at Wrekin College before becoming Organist and Master of the Choristers of Portsmouth Cathedral. He was also Dean of the Faculty of Music at Lingnan College Hong Kong. Stevenson served for 26 years as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in the UK and overseas. During this time, he was also a busy festival adjudicator, with engagements at the Hong Kong Schools Festivals, and festivals throughout Canada. He held many recital tours throughout Britain and has performed in Europe, the United States, Africa, New Zealand, and Asia.

Stephen Wong won the McGill Concerto Competition in 1991 and performed with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. From 1995 to 1999, he taught piano at McGill University and was the vocal and chamber music coach for the music faculty. He has performed extensively across Canada and made frequent recordings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Wong also formed a piano duo with Josephine Cheung and made recordings for RTHK4. Currently, he is teaching at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Institute of Education as well as giving piano lectures at the Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education and Hong Kong International Institute of Music. His former teachers include Wong Tsui Siu-hing, To Yue-sien, Margaret Lynn, John Barstow, Patricia Carroll, Ruth Gerald and Dale Bartlett.

The performance will be staged at 8pm on May 18 (Tuesday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $120, $80 and $50 are now 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 recipients.

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 http://www.urbtix.gov.hk ; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

Ends/Wednesday, April 21, 2004
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