Shanghai orchestra to celebrate PRC anniversary
The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will give two concerts in Hong Kong to mark the 55th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
The concerts will be with the Shanghai Opera House Chorus and a number of Chinese vocalists and musicians under the baton of world-renowned conductor Chen Xieyang.
The first concert will be held at the Auditorium, Shatin Town Hall at 8pm on Wednesday (September 29). The programme includes "Torch Festival", Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" (Violin Solo: Lu Siqing), Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" (Cello Solo: Wang Jian) and a series of Chinese art songs - "Song of the Yangtze River", "O Land of China", "For the Love of the Republic" and "A Toasting Song". Four vocalists - tenor Ding Yi, soprano Wang Yanyan, mezzo-soprano Liang Ning and baritone Yang Xiaoyong will perform Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" with Shanghai Opera House Chorus.
The second performance, at 8pm on Thursday (September 30) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, will feature Grieg's "Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16" by pianist Li Yundi, Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" (four vocalists with the chorus) and Chinese art songs "Ode to the Red Flag", "That is Me", "I Belong to You", "The Ocean, My Home" and "My Dear Motherland".
Founded in 1879, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has grown rapidly and developed a wide repertoire. Hailed as the "best in the Far East", the orchestra has performed with many outstanding artists. It has successfully collaborated with many celebrated artists such as violinist David Oistrakh, pianist Sequiera Costa, and tenors Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. The orchestra has completed more than 4,000 regular concerts and more than 500 chamber music concerts. Recently, it has played for major events such as the APEC meeting, application for the hosting of 2010 World Expo and the recording of Tan Dun's film music of the Oscar award-winner "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".
"Concert by Shanghai Symphony Orchestra" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
Tickets priced at $380, $300, $220 and $120 for Sha Tin's performance and $450, $380, $280 and $180 for HKCC 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 http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp
. 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, http://www.urbtix.gov.hk
Ends/Wednesday, August 4, 2004