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Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band Annual Concert brings colourful music

Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and music inspired by Chinese folk tunes, Nordic fables and fairy tales, will be performed during the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band's annual concert at 3pm on September 12 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Shatin Town Hall.

The concert is organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The programme highlight is "1812 Overture" which was composed by Tchaikovsky to commemorate the victory of Russia in the Napoleonic Wars in 1812. The melodies of the Russian national anthem "God Save Thy People" intertwine vigorously with the French "La Marseillaise", creating an astonishing effect for the audience.

The programme also includes Chinese and Western pieces "Of the Fossilised Demons" by Dr Chan Hing-yan, "Fate of the Gods" by Reineke, "Tubby the Tuba" and "Chinese Folk Song Suite No 1". Conductors will be Pak Wing-heng and Stephen Lam.

An oboe soloist and a local handbell choir will be invited to join the performance. The Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band will perform "Bells" with the Gloves Handbell, and "Variations on the Theme of Glinka" with the principal oboist of the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Wu Tsai-chun.

The 70-member Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band was formed in 1978 to provide advanced orchestral training for Music Office trainees and talented local young players. The band has made a number of concert tours overseas. It has also successfully nurtured several generations of young musicians, creating a wider interest and reception of band music in Hong Kong.

Tickets priced at $60 and $40 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions are available to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

For programme enquiries, please call 2399 2196 or 2582 5264. For details, browse the website, . Internet bookings can be made at and telephone reservations on 2734 9009.

Ends/Wednesday, September 1, 2004
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