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Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and Xiang Chen to perform in May
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Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, a classical concert to be performed by Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra and violin soloist Xiang Chen will be staged in May at the Hong Kong City Hall.

Led by the "Father of the Children's Choir", Dr Yip-Wai-hong, the orchestra and the soloist will bring to music lovers a fabulous programme including Copland 's "Outdoor Overture", Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E Minor" (Op. 64) and Paganini's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in D" (Op. 6).

Described by Igor Ozim as "a seldom talent", Xiang Chen was chosen by Yehudi Menuhin for further studies in Menuhin School in London in 1980. He made his debut at 13 in 1983, performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Xinjiang Orchestra. Since then, he has performed with orchestras in Australia, England, Germany, Japan, Italy, Moldavia, Austria, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Switzerland and in the Mainland and has given numerous recitals. He has won in numerous international competitions including the Fritz Krisler International Violin competition in Vienna, the Lippiza International Violin Competition in Goriza in Italy, the Tibor Varga International Violin Competitions in Sion in Switzerland and Sydney International Violin Competition.

Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, founded by Dr Yip Wai-hong, is a highly organised amateur orchestra aimed at promoting music among the general public especially the younger generation in Hong Kong. A number of internationally famous conductors and soloists have been invited to perform with the orchestra. By using the idioms of popular music and organising concert talks, the orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, and at the same time, brought about an awareness of the indigenous culture of the people. The concert will be staged at 8pm on May 28 (Friday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $160, $120 and $80 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 booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit http://www.urbtix.gov.hk ; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

Ends/Wednesday, April 28, 2004
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