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June
Soprano Wu Bixia to sing in HK
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Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Soprano Recital by Wu Bixia - The Nightingale's Songs of the East and the West" will be staged at 8pm on July 31 (Saturday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

Wu will perform songs from the East and West, including "Rippling Brook" (Yunnan folksong), "Washing Cabbages" (Hunnan flower-drum ditty), "Bao Leng Diao" (Shandong folksong), "Le Violette" by Scarlatti, "Caro Nome" from "Rigoletto" by Verdi and "Una Voce Poco Fa" from "Il Bariere di Siviglia" by Rossini.

Wu has won a number of awards in various vocal competitions including first prize in the 1st China International Competition for Singers in 2000, first prize in the 8th International Vocal Competition held in Bilbao, Spain the same year, and second prize in the vocal section of the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition held in 2002. Wu has given many recitals in China and abroad and released six solo albums since 2000. Her thesis on the performance of Chinese and foreign vocal works was published by the People's Music Publishing House.

Wu often gives performances and participates in music exchange activities in the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Europe, and Southeast Asia. In the coming Hong Kong performance, she will be accompanied by pianist Zhang Jialin. Zhang is a long-time performing and recording partner of many renowned vocalists and instrumentalists. He has often served as a piano accompanist in domestic and international vocal competitions and has won wide acclaim for his performances. Zhang received "The Best Young Piano Accompanist Award" at the 2nd China International Competition for Singers in November 2002.

Tickets priced at $150, $120 and $90 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 bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit http://www.urbtix.gov.hk ; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

Ends/Monday, June 21, 2004
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