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Master musician Philip Glass to perform in HK

Directed by Jean Cocteau, the 1946 film, "La Belle et la Bete" (Beauty and the Beast), is recognised as one of the masterpieces of the modern art movement of the 20th Century.

Now master musician Philip Glass has injected new elements of music and opera into this compelling classic by removing the film's original dialogue track and score and performing live his own musical score.

The prestigious Philip Glass Ensemble together with opera singers will perform this unique work at 8pm on January 14, 15 and 16 (Friday to Sunday) at the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre. Those attending on the Saturday night (January 15) can meet Glass in a "meet-the-artist" session after the performance.

Glass' works range from opera and film scores to symphonic works, string quartets and music for dance and theatre pieces. The opera "Einstein on the Beach", his collaboration with Robert Wilson in 1976, is now seen as a landmark in 20th Century music-theatre.

His critically acclaimed film scores include Martin Scorsese's "Kundun" - which won Glass the LA Critics Award, as well as Academy, and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Score; original music for Peter Weir's "The Truman Show" - which won a Golden Globe Award for Best Score in 1999. Glass' most recent film work for Stephen Daldry's "The Hours" received Golden Globe, Grammy, and Academy Award nominations, and won the Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

His recent works include a collaboration with Mary Zimmerman in the opera, "Galileo Galilei", the opera, "The Sound of a Voice" with David Henry Hwang, and creating the score for Errol Morris' new film, "The Fog of War".

Performed in French with English and Chinese surtitles, "La Belle et la Bete" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets at $270, $200 and $120 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. There will also be group booking discounts: 10% for four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets, 20% for 20 tickets and 30% for 50 tickets or more.

For enquiries about the programme and the "meet-the-artist" session, call 2268 7323 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 online at .

Ends/Thursday, November 18, 2004
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