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January
Orchestra to perform Chinese classics
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Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra, conducted by Qu Chunquan, will collaborate with renowned performers Ching Sau-wing (Erhu), Wang Wenli (Yangqin), Yin Yuwen (Pipa) and Yu Hong (Zheng) in a Chinese Classics Concert "The Yellow River Runs Deep" next month (February).

The programme includes "The Song of the General", "Flying Apsaras", "Journey to Lhasa (Second & Forth Movement)" (Orchestra), "The Sketch of the Lianhua Mountain" (Yangqin Concerto), "The Third Erhu Concerto-Torrents of the River"(Erhu Concerto), "Song of the Frontier" (Pipa and Orchestra) and "The Butterfly Lovers" (Zheng Concerto).

Being a National Class One Conductor, Qu Chunquan has premiered a number of influential works and rearranged many musical pieces, such as "The Moon is Above High" (Ensemble), "The Waters and Clouds of Rivers" (Guqin and Orchestra), "Rhyme and Delight" (Yangqin pieces composed with the 12-note technique). Due to his outstanding artistic achievement, his biography has been included in "The International Who's Who of Intellectuals" by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England and "A Collection of Contemporary Chinese Artistic Celebrities".

The orchestra aims to promote Chinese folk music among the general public and provide training and performing opportunities for young local musicians. In recent years, the orchestra has collaborated with an array of conductors and music virtuosi and received great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Chinese Classics Concert "The Yellow River Runs Deep" will be staged at 8pm on February 19 (Saturday) at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Tickets priced at $130, $100, $70 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 booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit http://www.urbtix.hk for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

Box seats and lounge packages are available for sale for the performance. Please call 2268 7238 for details.

Ends/Wednesday, January 19, 2005
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