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May
Delightful music from the choir of two USA universities and local
musicians
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The College of Saint Benedict – Saint John's University Choral Arts Ensemble, a famous chorus in the United States, is touring Asia for the first time and will join the Music Office Youth Choir and Hong Kong Youth Strings in Hong Kong for the final performance of its tour.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the "Music Office International Youth Music Exchange Concert" will be held at 8pm on May 28 (Saturday) at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

The College of Saint Benedict – Saint John's University Choral Arts Ensemble, together with the Music Office Youth Choir, will present John Rutter's joyful thanksgiving hymn "For the Beauty of the Earth". The two groups will also join the Hong Kong Youth Strings to perform Schubert's "Mass in G Major", which is characteristic of its integration of classical and romantic elements.

Other highlights include "O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf" by Brahms, "He, Watching Over Israel" by Mendelssohn, "Spring Song from the Lark" by Bernstein, and "Simple Symphony" by Britten.

They will also perform the traditional spirituals "Steal Away" and "Elijah Rock", Shanxi folksong "Embroidered Purse" and American folksong "Shenandoah" in the concert.

The concert will be under the batons of the Music Director of the College of Saint Benedict – Saint John's University Choral Arts Ensemble, Dr Axel Theimer, and the instructors of the Music Office, Ms Angelina Au and Mr Patrick Sze.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Central Minnesota have long traditions of excellence in choral music. Every four years the two schools form a special choir for an international tour.

The choir began performing in Europe in 1960, giving many acclaimed concerts to audiences in Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Czech Republic. This year, for the first time, the choir will travel to Asia and gives concerts in Tokyo, Okinawa, Seoul, Beijing and Hong Kong.

The Music Office Youth Choir and Hong Kong Youth Strings were founded in 1980 and 1985. Their members have frequently participated in various local community concerts and international youth music exchange activities.

Tickets priced at $40 and $20 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-priced concessions are available to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

For programme enquiries, please call 2598 8335 or 2582 5264 or visit the website http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/musicoffice . Internet bookings can be made at http://www.urbtix.gov.hk and telephone reservations on 2734 9009.

Ends/Wednesday, May 18, 2005
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