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September
Renowned Russian State Chorus returning to Hong Kong
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The world-class Russian State Chorus will revisit Hong Kong for two performances next month.

Under the baton of its music director Igor Raevski, the chorus will perform on October 8 (Friday) at the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre and October 9 (Saturday) at the Auditorium, Shatin Town Hall. The shows, featuring works by Rachmaninov, Schubert, Mozart, Brahms to name a few, as well as some Russian folk songs, will begin at 8pm.

Founded in 1936 by Alexander Sveshnikov, the Russian State Chorus has been recognised as one of the world's leading choral ensembles. Best known for its performances of the Russian classical repertoire as well as folk songs, the chorus has given a number of notable world premieres, including works by Schedrin, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Under the leadership of the founder for 40 years, succeeded by Minin, Agafonnikov, Tytianko, and currently Igor Raevski, the chorus has been awarded top prizes and honours from many countries. Unique programmes, repertoire and powerful performing potential have helped the Russian State Chorus win worldwide fame. The chorus has toured widely and received high acclaim in Europe, the Far East and across the United States.

One of the most famous choral conductors in Russia today, Igor Raevski was appointed Artistic Director of the Russian State Chorus in 1995. Since 1958, he has worked with numerous ensembles of song and dance within the Russian Military Forces, and the groups under his leadership have been awarded various prizes by the Government. In 1997, in celebration of the 850th anniversary of Moscow, Raevski was selected as the grand master and choral conductor of the 3000-voice mixed choir. With his artistic achievements, Raevski holds the honour of People's Artist of Russia. He is currently a Professor at the Moscow Conservatory and Military-Choral Faculty of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

"Concert by the Russian State Chorus" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $180, $130 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. Discount of 10% applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group booking discounts: 10% for four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% for 20 tickets or more.

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.hk .

Ends/Wednesday, September 8, 2004
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