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3 more shows from Chinese Operatic Art Series
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Since the launch of the Chinese Operatic Art Series 2004 in June, great shows on balladmeter and Cantonese Nanyin vernacular music have been introduced to Hong Kong audiences and received a warm response.

Three more attractions including Hu Opera Theatre of Shanghai, Inner Mongolia Folk Art Troupe and A Showcase of Masterly Skills in Chinese Opera are coming to Hong Kong next month and in October.

Chinese opera lovers can enjoy the Hu Opera Theatre of Shanghai's performances from August 4 to 6 at the Hong Kong City Hall. The Hu Opera's repertoire includes traditional productions and new productions on modern themes featuring "At the Beauty's Feet", "The Old Coin" and excerpts from the opera "Reunion in the Nunnery" and "Borrowing Yellow Chaff". The talent cast of the Hu Opera to perform in Hong Hong include Mao Shanyu, Zun Xuchaun, Ma Lili and Wang Huazhong.

The Inner Mongolia Folk Art Troupe will be here to perform their award-winning repertoire from August 30 to September 3 at the Hong Kong City Hall and Shatin Town Hall. The troupe is supported by a strong cast of talented artists and its repertoire is widely considered the truest form of equestrian folk art.

"A Showcase of Masterly Skills in Chinese Opera" has repeatedly received high acclaim in Hong Kong. For the coming performances from October 21 to 23 at the Shatin Town Hall, Ko Shan Theatre and Tuen Mun Town Hall, the audience will be dazzled by the amazing technical excellence of the martial art routines. The National class performers will show their remarkable talents by wielding broadswords, spears and long swords and performing somersaults, wrestling, tumbling, back flips from a chair and shoulder rolls.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has introduced a special group booking discount scheme. Any purchase of 50 standard tickets or more for the above-mentioned performances entitles the buyer to a 30% discount. Please call 2268 7258 for enquiries and ticket reservations.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for general ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

Ends/Friday, July 23, 2004.
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