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Three star pianists to play in HK next month

Three award-winning pianists, Angela Cheng, Alan Chow and Alvin Chow, will perform at a concert in Hong Kong concert next month (January).

The pianists will perform Chopin's "Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23"(Piano Solo), Milhaud's "Scaramouche" (Two Pianos), Brahms's "Hungarian Dances" (One Piano, Four Hands), Scriabin's "Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2" (Piano Solo, left hand alone), Szymanowska's "Waltz" (One Piano, Three Hands), Dvorak's "Slavonic Dance in G Minor, Op. 46, No. 8" (One Piano, Four Hands), Ravel's "Frontispice" (One Piano, Five Hands), Bernstein's "West Side Story" (One Piano, Six Hands).

Angela Cheng, a gold medallist of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition as well as a prize winner of the Montreal International Piano Competition, is hailed by critics for her remarkable technique, tonal beauty and musicianship and considered to be one of Canada's most distinguished and respected pianists.

Alan Chow has won first prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition and the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition.

Alvin Chow, who has performed throughout North America and Asia as orchestral soloist and given numerous recitals, has been a prize winner at the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition and the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the "Piano Concert with One to Many Hands by Angela Cheng, Alan Chow and Alvin Chow" will be staged at 8pm on January 23, 2005 (Sun) at the Auditorium, Shatin Town Hall.

Tickets priced at $140, $110 and $80 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. (Limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis.) For details about other discounts, please refer to the programme leaflet.

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

"Piano Masterclass by Angela Cheng, Alan Chow and Alvin Chow" (in English) will be held at 2pm on January 24, 2005 (Monday) at the Recital Hall, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Free admission tickets will be available at the enquiry counter of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (9am-9pm) from today (December 23) onwards. Limited tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ends/Thursday, December 23, 2004
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