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Father's Day treat by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

Written by Howard Blake, composer of "The Snowman" and performed by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong,"Granpa" and "The Bear" - two heart-warming stories set to music and song - will make next month's (June) Father's Day more memorable.

Joining the orchestra will be guest conductor Anthony Inglis, girl sopranos Michelle Cheung and Dorothy Tang, soprano Valerie Chan, tenor Richard Frewer, bass Edmund Kwan and the Diocesan Girls' Junior Choir. The Cantonese narration of "The Bear" is entrusted to Jim Chim, one of Hong Kong's most popular and versatile theatrical practitioners, while the equally popular Joe Junior will perform the role of Granpa.

An adaptation of John Burningham's 1984 children's book and the TVC animated film, "Granpa" follows the exciting adventures of young Emily and her grandfather. Emily often visits her grandfather who lives alone in his house full of memories. On each visit they whisk themselves away on various extraordinary flights of imagination. They turn the house into Noah's Ark, catch a huge whale and encounter fiery dragons on the bed covers, giant crickets in the greenhouse and more!

"The Bear" is based on Raymond Briggs' well-loved storybook of the same name and tells a story of a young girl Tilly who visits the zoo and accidentally drops her favourite teddy into the bear enclosure. That night she awakens to find a huge polar bear at her bedside returning her teddy bear! So begins a magical friendship which leads to a fantastical bear-ride through the crisp night to meet the star bear.

Established in 1999, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong comprises professional musicians of more than 10 different nationalities as well as former members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra gives regular concerts each year with internationally renowned artists.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Granpa" and "The Bear" by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong will be staged at 3pm on Sunday, June 19, at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall. The programme featuring narration and dialogue in Cantonese, is suitable for audiences of age 3 and up.

Tickets priced at $180, $120, $80 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 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 booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit ; for more information, visit .

Box seats and lounge packages are available for sale for the performance. Please call 2268 7237 for details.

Ends/Thursday, May 19, 2005

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