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Violinist Charles Castleman to perform with Pan Asia Symphony

Renowned violinist Charles Castleman will play with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra at concerts of "Violin Concerto Classics" next month (January) to deliver violin concerto classics to music lovers.

Under the baton of the orchestra's director Dr Yip Wai-hong, the orchestra will perform Bach's "Air on the G String". Also, featuring Charles Castleman as violin soloist, the orchestra will perform two violin concerto classics, Mozart's "Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219" and Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35".

Silver Medal winner of the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition of Belgium and Bronze Medal winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Charles Castleman is the Professor of Violin and Chair of Strings Department in the Eastman School of Music. He has been soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the USA, as well as Moscow, Seoul and Shanghai. Apart from that, he has also participated in many large-scaled international music festivals world-wide.

The Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra is a local orchestra which aims to promote music among the general public especially the younger generation. The orchestra has performed frequently in the Hong Kong City Hall, regional town halls and civic centres over the past 20 years. A number of internationally famous conductors and soloists have been invited to perform with it. By using the idioms of popular music and organising concert talks, the orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, and at the same time, brought about an awareness of the indigenous culture of the people.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the concerts of "Violin Concerto Classics" will be staged at the Auditorium, Shatin, at 8pm on January 29 (Saturday) and the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, on January 30 (Sunday), 2005, at 8pm. Tickets priced at $100, $80 and $60 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.) A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

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

Box seats and lounge packages available for sale for the performance. Please call 2268 7237 for details.

Ends/Thursday, December 29, 2004
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