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Local orchestra to give concert with renowned clarinettist

The Hong Kong-based China Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with renowned clarinettist John Koljonen under the batons of its music director Lim Kek-han and guest conductor Terry Leung.

Featuring Rossini's Overture to "The Barber of Seville", Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35" and "1812 Overture", Mozart's "Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622" and Liu Tie-shan/ Mao Yuan's "Dance of the Yao People", the performance will be held at 8pm on July 25 (Sunday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, John Koljonen has enjoyed an exciting international career as principal clarinettist and soloist with big names like the American Symphony Orchestra, Royal Ballet (England) and Bolshoi Ballet (Russia). He has played with world-class artists and ensembles and at the Marlboro Music Festival. Formerly a faculty member at the Hong Kong Baptist University, The University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Philadelphia Academy of Performing Arts, and the Seoul National University, Koljonen now teaches at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Lim Kek-han began studying violin under Ywan Federoff and Frits Hinse at the age of six. He graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in Amsterdam in 1951. Lim has represented Holland a number of times in international music forums and was the concertmaster of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. He later furthered his studies in conducting at the Paris Conservatoire and the National Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 1958, he went to the then USSR as a representative of China and performed with the best-known orchestras there. In 1963, Lim was made the Conductor and Music Director of the Beijing Central Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1971.

Founded in 1977, the Lim Kek Han Philharmonic Orchestra holds a number of concerts every year and offers audiences a variety of music. Famous soloists and guest conductors are also invited from the Mainland and overseas to perform with the orchestra. It is devoted to introducing Chinese music rearranged in a modern style to local audiences and has held numerous Chinese music concerts. In 1982, the "Yellow River Cantata" concert took place at the City Hall and was well received by the public. In the Festival of Asian Arts 1982, an outdoor concert given by the orchestra with a choir of 300 members was recorded by the Beijing Central People's Broadcasting and Television Unit and broadcast nationwide. It was renamed the China Philharmonic Orchestra on July 1, 1997.

"Concert by the China Philharmonic Orchestra" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $140, $100 and $70 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.

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 the website, .

Ends/Monday, June 28, 2004
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