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Pre-tour concert for Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra

The Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra will participate in the well-known Aberdeen International Youth Festival in the United Kingdom for a cultural exchange in August.

The orchestra will hold a pre-tour concert at the Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre on July 24 (Sunday) at 3 pm prior to the UK tour.

Under the baton of Tsui Ying-fai and Kowk Kin-ming, the orchestra will present a wide variety of Chinese music in the concert. The repertoires include traditional melodies, Jiangnan Silk and Bamboo Music: “Sanliu” and Five-stringed Pipa Score of the Tang Dynasty: “The Fire Phoenix”, as well as modern compositions, Chan Hing-yan’s “Three Sketches of Poems by Poet Li”, Liu Wing’s “January and April” and Kwok Hang-kei’s “The Night of the Torch Festival”.

Other programmes include “Riding Horse in Spring”, Pipa Ensemble “The Sun Over the Snowy Spring”, Yangqin Solo “Song of the General”, “Tone Painting-Capriccio of Tu Forest”, Dizi and Sheng Ensemble “The Banzi Variations” and “Lanscape of the Yili River”.

Founded in 1960s, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival is one of the world’s premier participatory festivals featuring leading youth arts groups in music, dance and theatre from around the world.

The festival not only provides opportunities for talented young artists to perform together in a stimulating international environment, but also encourages the participants to exchange ideas and learn about each other’s cultures.

The festival boasts a programme of prestigious performances in Aberdeen’s major venues, a touring programme taking performances to rurual venues across northeast Scotland and a fringe programme of free events in community venues throughout Aberdeen.

The orchestra will be the first official cultural group from Hong Kong to perform Chinese music in the festival. They will visit Aberdeen from August 1 to 8 and participate in the festival parade and opening ceremony. Through a series of concerts, demonstration, workshops and cultural exchange activities, they will also introduce Chinese music to the overseas audiences.

The Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra, formed in June, 1989, is one of the advanced level youth orchestras organised under the auspices of the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

With around 40 members aged from 12 to 25 playing various Chinese instruments of liuyeqin, pipa, ruan, sanxian (lutes), yangqin (dulcimer), zheng (zither) and some Chinese wind and percussion instruments and Western bass instruments, the Orchestra has performed in various formal concerts, galas, music carnivals and cultural exchange activities. In 1998, the orchestra went on a concert tour to Kagoshima in Japan.

The Aberdeen (UK) Tour pre-tour concert is presented by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $60 and $40 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 2399 2195 or 2582 5311 or visit the website: . Internet booking can be made at and telephone reservation at 2734 9009.

Ends/Thursday, July 14, 2005
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