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Young musicians to showcase talent in 2 concerts

About 400 budding musicians who received intensive training from overseas and Chinese conductors at the "2005 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp" will perform two afternoon concerts in August to share their new skills with the public.

The first concert will be at 3pm on August 7 at the Auditorium of the Tsuen Wan Town Hall and the second at 3pm on August 14 in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Camp Concert I on August 7 will feature the Junior String Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Chinese Orchestra. Highlights of the programme include Vivaldi's violin concerto "String", Bernstein's "West Side Story Selection", Zhao Ji-Ping's "Celebration Overture" and the world premiere of Gu Guanren's Western Folk Song Suite II "Lovely Rose".

Camp Concert II on August 14 will feature the Youth Choir, Junior Chinese Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. The programme includes Nystedt's "Immortal Bach", Zhou Yu-gou's "Dance of the South Frontier", the second and fourth movements of Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No.4" and Stravinsky's "Selection from Firebird Suite".

Conductors for the concerts are the Resident Conductor of the China Broadcasting Folk Orchestra, Zhang Lie; the Principal Second Violinist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Applegate; the Director of Bands at Middle Tennessee State University, Dr Reed Thomas; the former Director of Music at the University of Warwick, Colin Touchin; the Professor of Choral Conducting at Johann Jeseph Fux Konservatorium Des Landes Steiermark, Franz Herzog; and the Senior Music Officer of the Music Office, Patrick Sze. Geoffrey Applegate will also perform a violin solo in the "Camp Concert I".

The Music Camp is a major annual summer activity organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department with the aim of providing intensive training to musicians aged nine to 25 in a scenic campsite atmosphere. The campers are also encouraged to participate in recreational and sports activities during the camp.

The "2005 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Concerts", which are part of the "International Arts Carnival", provides opportunities for the campers to showcase their achievements.

Tickets at $60 and $40 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistant recipients.

Reservations can be made at 2734 9009 or . For programme enquiries, please call 2399 2195 or 2195 5311, or visit the website at .

Ends/Thursday, July 21, 2005

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