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Michael Nyman Band to showcase classic film scores

The Michael Nyman Band will perform in two concerts on June 11 and 12 (Friday and Saturday) at 8pm at the Auditorium of the Kwai Tsing Theatre.

The shows - a mixture of excerpts of classic film scores, some of which he composed - are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The score of the 1929 film, "Man with a Movie Camera" will be the main feature on both nights. The movie - a montage of urban Russian life, of people and machines - will also be screened. It is director Dziga Vertov's first full-length film, and he used all the cinematic techniques at his disposal - dissolves, split screen, slow motion and freeze-frame.

Excerpts of the scores from "The Piano", "Draughtsman's Contract" and "Prospero's Books" will be played in the first concert and excerpts of the scores from "Wonderland", "Drowning By Numbers" and "The Claim" will be performed in the second.

The Michael Nyman Band was formed in October, 1976. Its regular repertoire includes Nyman's music from the many Peter Greenaway films. Nyman collaborated with U Shrinivas, the South Indian classical mandolin player - his second "cross cultural" work following "The Upside Down Violin" composed for the band and the Orquestra de Andalousi de Tetuoan for Expo'92 in Seville.

The latest line-up in the Michael Nyman Band is founder Michael Nyman (piano), Gabrielle Lester (violin), Cathy Thompson (violin), Catherine Musker (viola), Anthony Hinnigan (cello), David Roach (soprano/alto sax), Simon Haram (soprano/alto sax), Andrew Findon (baritone sax/flute/piccolo), Steve Sidwell (trumpet), David Lee (horn), Nigel Barr (bass trombone/euphonium) and Martin Elliott (bass guitar).

Tickets priced at $260, $180 and $120 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. For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323, 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.

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