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Renowned Hungarian orchestra to revisit HK

One of the world's most successful musical ensembles, the Budapest Festival Orchestra is returning to Hong Kong for two concerts.

The concerts will take place at 8pm on June 19 (Saturday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and on June 20 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. The orchestra also visited Hong Kong in 2000.

Under the baton of its music director Ivan Fischer, the orchestra will join cellist Mischa Maisky (on June 19 only) and violinist Christian Tetzlaff (on June 20 only) to give two stunning performances. The programme of the first show will include Ravel's "La Valse", Schumann's "Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 4 in B-flat, Op. 60". And on June 20 there will be Bartok's "Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 100", Beethoven's "Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61" and Brahms' "Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98".

Founded in 1983 by Ivan Fischer and Zolt Kocsis, the Budapest Festival Orchestra is not only a vital part of Budapest's music life, but is also much loved on the international circuit.

Over the years, the orchestra has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Sir Georg Solti, who was the orchestra's honorary guest conductor until his death, Yehudi Menuhin, Kurt Sanderling, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Kiri te Kanawa, Thomas Zehetmair and Vadim Repin. It has performed in the Salzburg Summer Festival, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, BBC Proms Festival, Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall in London, among others.

Its Bartok and Liszt recordings earned the orchestra the Gramophone award, the Diapason d'Or de l'annee, 4 cles de Telerama, the Arte, MUM and Erasmus prizes. "Budapest Festival Orchestra" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced from $150 to $680 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues, 15% discount for each purchase of standard tickets for "Piano Recital by Simon Trpceski", "Emerson String Quartet" and "Budapest Festival Orchestra" and 10% discount for each purchase of standard tickets for any two of the above programmes.

For programme enquiries call 2268 7321 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through .

Ends/Tuesday, April 27, 2004
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