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July
A night of Chinese and Western music by China Philharmonic
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The China Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of Lim Kek-han, will join guest conductor Terry Leung and soprano Sandy Lau to perform at a concert next month (August).

Programmes include works of Mozart's Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro", Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole (with Lim Kek-han as violin soloist) and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, "From the New World", as well as three Chinese songs "Ode to Corals" by Wang Xiren and Hu Shiping, "My Motherland" by Liu Chi and "China, My Love" by Zheng Qiufeng.

The China Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by Lim Kek-han holds a number of concerts every year and brings music of different kinds to audiences. Lim is also the music director and principal conductor of the orchestra. Famous soloists and guest conductors are also invited from the Mainland and overseas to perform with the orchestra. The orchestra works hard to introduce to Hong Kong audiences Chinese music rearranged in modern style and has held numerous Chinese music concerts here.

Soprano Sandy Lau, also known as Jiajia, is a national performer from Beijing where she was a soloist with national song and dance troupes and a leading performer in operas. She came under the tutelage of celebrated Chinese vocalists and foreign maestros, and has made a number of recordings on the Mainland.

Lau has performed throughout the Mainland and in Southeast Asian countries, and has appeared on stage along with renowned virtuosos in the international operatic circle. She handles Chinese folk songs with superb vocal techniques, good articulation and subtle expression.

Hailed as the "lark of the orient", Lau impresses with her rich performing experience, her unique voice and remarkable rendition, winning great popularity and rave reviews. Lau is now the concertmaster and artistic director of the New Glow Arts Troupe in Hong Kong.

The concert will be staged at 8pm, on Sunday, August 21, at the Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall.

Tickets priced at $120, $90 and $60 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 students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount is offered for Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit : http://www.urbtix.hk ; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .

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

Ends/Wednesday, July 20, 2005
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