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Philadelphia Orchestra to perform in Hong Kong

Hailed as one of the best in the world, The Philadelphia Orchestra will be in Hong Kong again for two not-to-be-missed concerts under the baton of music director Christoph Eschenbach.

The programme, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be held in the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

The first concert will be at 8pm on May 31 (Tuesday) featuring Dvorak's "Carnival" Overture and Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra". Sought-after pianist Lang Lang will be the soloist in Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23".

For the second concert at 8pm on June 1 (Wednesday), the orchestra will play Mozart's "Oboe Concerto in C, K.314" (Oboe Solo: Richard Woodhams) and Mahler's "Symphony No. 1 in D, 'Titan'".

Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world. The reputable orchestra has established its standing through a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented innovative recording technologies and outreach programmes. Christoph Eschenbach, who began his tenure as the orchestra's seventh music director in September, 2003, has carried on the rich tradition of the orchestra.

The 106-member orchestra has toured extensively and recorded more than 1,200 different musical works since its founding. It moved to its new home at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in 2001. The orchestra has performed with the most celebrated guest artists of the past century, such as Fritz Kreisler, Isaac Stern, Vladimir Horowitz, Van Cliburn, Luciano Pavarotti, and Kiri Te Kanawa.

Eschenbach is held in high esteem by the world's foremost orchestras and opera houses for his commanding presence, versatility, and consummate musicianship. Before turning to conducting, he earned a distinguished international reputation as a pianist was awarded the first prize in the Steinway Young Pianist Competition in Germany at age 11. A prolific recording artist, Eschenbach has made numerous recordings as a conductor, pianist, or both. Among his many honours are France's Legion d'Honneur and the Officer's Cross with Star of the German Order of Merit.

Tickets priced at $780, $600, $400 and $200 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis) and a 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

Enquiries for programme and pre-concert talks, call 2268 7321 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at .

Ends/Friday, April 8, 2005

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