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Midori concert open for bookings tomorrow

A not-to-be missed recital by Japanese violinist Midori opens for bookings tomorrow (May 11).

"Violin Recital by Midori" will be staged next month at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Accompanied by pianist Peter Vinograde, Midori will perform selected classical masterpieces, including Beethoven's "Sonata No. 3 in E-flat for Piano and Violin" (Op.12, No. 3), Franck's "Sonata for Violin and Piano" in A, Bach's "Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for Solo Violin" (BWV1003), Rautavaara's "Dythrambos" and Szymanowski's "Nocturne and Tarantella".

Midori made her debut in 1982 at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta. Since then, she has established a record of achievement that sets her apart as a master musician, an innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children.

The New York Times described Midori in glowing terms: "Many soloists today have masterly technique, but few conjure such searing intensity seemingly out of nowhere."

Midori has performed with many international orchestras and in key concert halls around the world. Her performing schedule is balanced between recitals, chamber music performances, and appearances with the world's most prestigious orchestras. Her 2004-05 season includes appearances at various summer festivals, six recital tours and concerto appearances throughout Europe, the US and Asia.

The concert, to be staged at 8pm, June 22 (Wednesday), is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets priced at $420, $320, $220 and $120 are 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). A 10% discount is offered for Friends of LCSD performing venues.

A Pre-concert Talk hosted by Professor Li Mingqiang (conducted in Putonghua) will be held at 8pm on June 13 (Monday) at AC1, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit ; for more information, visit .

Box seats and lounge packages are available for the performance. Please call 2268 7230 for details.

Ends/Tuesday, May 10, 2005
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