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New Art String Quartet to showcase three classical repertories
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New Art String Quartet will showcase three classical repertories including Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, 'The American', Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81 and Martinu' s Piano Quintet No. 2 in their concert next month.

The performance, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be held on July 8 (Thursday) at 8pm at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong City Hall.

First violinist Michael Ma, second violinist Fan Ting, violist Leung Kin-fung, and cellist Ray Wang will be joined by guest pianist Margaret Lynn.

Founded by Michael Ma in 2000, the New Art String Quartet aims to bridge the music world of East and West in the new century. Dedicated to the performance of classical repertoire, the quartet also has a strong commitment to the commissioning and performance of contemporary pieces by local and international composers.

Since its inception, the quartet has performed extensively around the world and appeared in such concert halls as Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou and Shanghai Grand Theatre. In addition to concert tours to the world's leading music capitals including London and Cremona in Europe, the quartet was also invited to perform for the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of the HKSAR Government in the UK.

The quartet recorded the original motion picture soundtrack of The Source of Love for distinguished Hong Kong film director, Stephen Shin, and has joined RTHK Radio 4 as the artist-in-residence.

Tickets priced at $140, $110 and $80 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). A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. For Internet bookings, go to http://www.urbtix.gov.hk . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information on the programme.

Ends/Tuesday, June 8, 2004
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