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Shanghai chorus to perform Chinese folk songs for National Day

The Shanghai Opera House Chorus will give a concert, "Choral Concert of Chinese Folk Songs", to mark the 55th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The chorus will perform under the baton of promising young conductor Zhang Liang and with piano accompaniment by Zhang Cheng. The concert will be staged at 8pm on Friday (October 1) at the Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall, featuring folk songs from different provinces and minority ethnic tribes including Xinjiang, Yunnan, Qinghai, Mongolian, Tatar and Kazak to name a few.

The Shanghai Opera House Chorus has a long history with a repertoire of more than 1,000 works in opera, musical, cantata, symphonic chorus, a cappella choral singing and ensemble. Among its classics performed with internationally renowned singers are operas "Romeo et Juliet", "Die Fledermaus" and "Carmen", Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony", Mahler's "Eighth Symphony" and oratorio "The Messiah". The chorus has also given stadium performances of "Aida" and "Chinese Royal Ladies" and has participated in numerous international arts festivals such as the Singapore Asian Arts Festival and Brisbane International Music Festival. It has also toured more than 30 countries and regions, promoting international artistic and cultural exchange.

Zhang Liang was accepted by the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in 1998, where his teachers included the famous conductor, Uros Lajovic and the piano virtuosi, David Lively. He graduated with a double degree in conducting and piano cum laude in 2003. During his years in Vienna, Zhang has conducted many operas such as "Carmen" and "The Magic Flute" and has performed with recitalists and orchestras from Europe, America and Asia.

"Choral Concert of Chinese Folk Songs" by the Shanghai Opera House Chorus is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $180, $150, $120 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 recipients. Discounts of 10% and up to 30% apply to Friends of LCSD performing venues and special group bookings respectively. Please call 2268 7236 for details.

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/Friday, August 13, 2004
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