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Canadian Brass to make magic in concert

The Canadian Brass concert "The Magic Horn" later this month (March), is one of many attractions of the "Family Fiesta" series presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The five virtuosos of Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music since 1970. They have developed a unique rapport with audiences by serving up music with lively dialogue and theatrical effects, and have set out to create their own musical world by transcribing, arranging, and commissioning more than 200 works.

The troupe has produced more than 50 recordings, has appeared on many international television specials, and has just released a DVD, "Three Nights with Canadian Brass", that captures the group over three decades. On their travels around the world, the members conduct master classes to help train the next generation of musicians. The five are Chamber Quintet in Residence at the prestigious Academy of Music in Santa Barbara, California, and have created innovative summer courses at the famous Eastman School of Music.

At the Hong Kong concert, The Canadian Brass will perform Frescobaldi's "Toccata", Gabrieli's "Canzona", Mozart's "Rondo", Bach-Vivaldi's "Concerto in G for Piccolo Trumpet", Tovey's "Santa Barbara Sonata" and highlights from "Carmen", etc.

The concert will be staged at 8pm, March 28 (Monday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $180, $130 and $90 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 Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

This is a "Family Fiesta" programme. Patrons may enjoy a series discount on every purchase of two standard tickets or more; or group booking discount on every purchase of four standard tickets or more. Please refer to programme booklets for details. (Series discount and group booking discount schemes are not applicable to purchase of "Classical Singing for All" by Rosaline Pi and "Percussion Workshop and 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/Thursday, March 3, 2005
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