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Chinese Orchestra to perform Asian folk classics

The Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra will perform "An Asian Folk Music Excursion" in March and April as part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's "Family Fiesta". Under the baton of Wai Sing-fat, the orchestra will perform renowned Asian folk music, including "Fishermen's Song of the East Sea" (Incidental Music to the Movie "Kung Fu Hustle"), "Sakura" (Japan), "Namdo Arirang" (Korea), "Bungawan Solo" (Indonesia).

Xiao artist Tam Po-shek will perform his work "Ganges Nocturne" at the concert. Assimilating the traditional and modern, techniques in xiao playing of Tam forms a style that is uniquely his own. A xiao maker, Tam invented bass to soprano xiao series in 1987 and made the largest xiao in the Chinese music history. Over the years, Tam has made tremendous contributions to the art of the xiao through research on xiao making and pushing the limits of the instrument's capabilities. He has performed extensively around the world and given recitals of his works at different arts festivals.

The Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra was established in 1979 with the aim of promoting Chinese music and carrying forward its rich heritage. The orchestra includes many recitalists who have received formal music training and were winners of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Some of them were "Hong Kong Elites" selected by the Music Office to perform abroad. The orchestra has toured to Singapore, the United States, Australia, etc, and a number of cities in mainland China.

In 1999, the orchestra organised a 20th anniversary concert entitled "The Way We Were". Several overseas Chinese orchestras were invited to perform in Hong Kong, including the Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra from Singapore, the Professional Cultural Center Orchestra from Malaysia and the Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra from Australia. The orchestra has has released a number of recordings, including the Gold Disc winner, "Fishermen's Song of the East Sea".

Details of the performances are as follows:
March 26 (Saturday) 8pm Auditorium, North District Town Hall
April 9 (Saturday) 8pm Theatre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre
April 10 (Sunday) 3pm Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

Tickets priced at $70 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. (Limited tickets for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Patrons can enjoy a series discount on each purchase of two or more programmes or a group booking discount on every purchase of four or more standard tickets. Please refer to the programme booklet for details. (Series discount and group booking discount schemes are not applicable to purchases of "Classical Singing for All" by Rosaline Pi and "Percussion Workshop-cum-concert" by Lung Heung-wing and Mark Lung.)

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programme.

Ends/Tuesday, February 22, 2005

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