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Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra to perform with local musicians
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The Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra from Ohio, United States, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a China tour, giving performances in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.

As the final highlight of its tour, the orchestra will perform with the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra for the "Music Office International Youth Music Exchange Concert" at 8pm on Saturday, June 25, at the Auditorium of the Kwai Tsing Theatre.

The two orchestras will present "Prelude to Die Meistersinger" from Wagner's music drama and the dance episode "Hoe-down" from Aaron Copland's ballet "Rodeo". The former is an orchestral masterpiece with a magnificent opening and a tremendous finale while the latter is typical American folk dance music with vivid rhythms.

Apart from the joint performance, the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra will bring the audiences several not-to-be-missed classics, including Brahms' Hungarian Dances No. 1, 3 & 10, Schubert's Symphony No.8 "Unfinished" and Dvorak's "Carnival Overture".

The Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra will then showcase "Pearl Pristinus", newly composed by famed local musician Prof Daniel Law to encourage the new generation to love and protect the environment of the "Pearl of the East".

Sponsored by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and under the baton of Peter Stafford Wilson, the 98-member Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded in 1955, with the mission to provide a quality training and performing experience for talented young instrumentalists from Central Ohio. They perform mostly standard orchestral literature and American music.

During their China tour, the orchestra will also give a special show at the top of the Great Wall. They will also meet and perform with the local musicians in each stop of the tour for cultural exchange.

Founded in 1978, the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra aims at providing orchestral training for advanced level young musicians in Hong Kong. It has also played the role of music ambassador of Hong Kong and completed several successful concert tours to France, Israel, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Singapore and Mainland China.

The "Music Office International Youth Music Exchange Concert" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

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/Monday, June 13, 2005
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