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Orchestra de Paris to perform in HK early November

The Year of France in China has been launched in Hong Kong with a variety of fabulous programmes and one of the attractions will be Orchestra de Paris led by celebrated conductor Christoph Eschenbach early next month (November).

Together with the young star violinist Renaud Capucon, the concert will bring French glamour to Hong Kong.

Since 2000, Eschenbach had been Music Director of the Orchestra de Paris. He is held in high esteem by the world's leading orchestras and opera houses for his commanding presence, versatility, creative energy and consummate musicianship. He regularly conducts major American and European orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, Chicago and New York, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics and the leading orchestras of London. He is also Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a post he assumed in 2003.

The Orchestra de Paris grew out of the renowned Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire, founded in 1828 by Francois Habeneck, the first exponent of Beethoven's symphonies in France. Since Charles Munch's appointment as the first Principal Conductor of the Orchestra in 1967, for the past 30 years the orchestra has been led by illustrious conductors such as von Karajan, Solti, Barenboim, Bychkov and Christiph von Dohnanyi.

Under the leadership of Eschenbach, the orchestra made great achievements at the 2000 Salzburg Festival and "Berlioz 2003", which was an international project in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Berlioz's birth.

At the Hong Kong performance, the orchestra will collaborate with violinist Renaud Capucon, awarded Rising Star 2000 (European Jury) and New Talent of the Year 2000 (French Victoires de la Musique). He has given recitals in Paris Cite de la Musique, Vienna Musikverein, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, New York Carnegie Hall, Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, Cologne Philharmonie. As a soloist, he has performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Montreal Symphony, Milano Scala Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestre de Paris. Also performing in the concert will be Vincent Lucas, solo flautist at the Orchestra de Paris and currently a member of the Super World Orchestra.

The programme includes Bright Sheng's "Flute Moon", Dutilleux's Violin Concerto "L'arbres des Songes" and Ravel's "Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2", "La valse", as well as his highly popular orchestra show piece, "Bolero".

The concert will be staged at 8pm on November 7 (Sunday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $580, $460, $340 and $200 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit ; for more information, visit .

Ends/Tuesday, October 19, 2004
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