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April
Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra to perform double concertos
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Violinist Ho Hong-ying, pianist Eva Lue and cellist Si-won Park will play with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra at concerts of "The Great Double Concertos" next month (May).

Under the baton of director Dr Yip Wai-hong, the orchestra will perform Mendelssohn 's "Overture to Fingal's Cave" and "Double Concerto for Violin and Piano in D Minor" as well as Brahms's "Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102".

Ho Hong-ying began to study violin at 7, entered the Central Conservatory of Beijing at 11 and earned her Master's degree from Julliard School of Music in 1990. Ho is currently teaching at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, St. Stephen's Girl's College and the Yip's Music Centre.

Hong Kong born pianist Eva Lue graduated from the Royal College of Music of London and won many awards including Hopkinson Gold Medal. Her recitals and radio broadcasts both as soloist and accompanist were critically acclaimed.

Korean cellist Si-won Park received her Bachelor's and Master's degree at The Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Paul Tobias, Myung Wha Chung. She won the Artist International Competition in 1997.

The orchestra, which aims to promote music among the general public especially the younger generation, 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.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the concerts of "The Great Double Concertos" will be staged at 8pm on May 21 (Saturday) and May 22 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall and Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall respectively.

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 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 7237 for details.

Ends/Thursday, April 21, 2005
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