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June
Yip Wai-hong explains Chinese Yangbanxi orchestral works
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Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra founder Dr Yip Wai-hong will use the orchestra's live performances to tell audiences about the characteristics of Chinese Yangbanxi orchestral works which were written during the big revolution campaign of modern China.

Programmes include excerpts from "White-haired Girl", Symphonic Suite, "The Red Lantern", "Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy" and "The Red Detachment of Women". The orchestra will jointly perform "Yellow River" with young Hong Kong pianist Helen Cha.

Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, founded by Dr Yip, is a highly organised orchestra aiming at promoting music among the general public especially Hong Kong's young generation. A number of internationally famous conductors and soloists have been invited to perform with it. By using the idioms of popular music and organising concert talks, the orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, and at the same time, brought about an awareness of the indigenous culture of the people.

Pianist, Helen Cha, born in Shanghai in 1984, grew up in Hong Kong where she began her piano lessons at an early age. She entered the HKAPA as a junior student at the age of 10 and studied with Poon Tak and Gabriel Kwok. In 2004, she won the first prize in the 12th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition Open Class, and held her first joint recital at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. Cha has performed Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with Takuo Yuasa and the Academy Symphony Orchestra last June as part of La Fete de la Musique (The Music Days) launched by the French Ministry for Culture.

The concert will be staged at 8pm, July 23 (Saturday) at the Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre; July 24 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre; and July 29 (Friday) at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Tickets priced from $60 to $100 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 Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at http://www.urbtix.hk . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information on the programme.

Ends/Wednesday, June 29, 2005
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