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Chinese Operatic Art Series launched in June

This year's "Chinese Operatic Art Series" will be relaunched by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department with performances by "Balladmeter Troupe of Wujiang City of Jiangsu" in June.

The series that started in 2001 is aimed at promoting Chinese operatic art in the community. With a wide variety of operatic art forms, the programmes were well-received by Hong Kong audience. The great attractions including Pingtan, Nanyin, Hu opera, Inner Mongolia folk art and masterly skills in Chinese opera.

The launching programme is Pingtan performances by "Balladmeter Troupe of Wujiang City of Jiangsu". The award-winning troupe has performed more than 600 shows and gained a firm following in the Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai regions. It is made up of a fine cast including major performers Lu Jianhua, Chen Songquing, Xu Xiaofeng, Wang Shixiong and Chen Bihong. In the coming performances, Hong Kong audiences will have a good chance to enjoy the excellence of Pingtan.

Pingtan is a combination of two regional musical genres of Suzhou. While one is pure narration, rustic and masculine in style, with no singing, the other involves narration and singing and many performing formats. The presentation, however, is more in a lyrical, delicate vein.

The Pingtan performances will be staged at 7.30pm on June 15 to 17 (Tuesday to Thursday) at the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $150, $100 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 (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). For other discount schemes, please refer to the programme brochure.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for more information, visit .

Ends/Thursday, May 20, 2004
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