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Top class Chinese orchestra to perform in October

Hailed as one of the best Chinese orchestras in the country, the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra will visit Hong Kong in October for two concerts.

Under the baton of National Class One conductor Pang Kapang, the orchestra will play a series of masterpieces with renowned Chinese music giants, like the "Magic Flute" Lu Chunling, erhu maestro Min Huifen, erhu recitalist Yan Jiemin, banhu player Jiang Kemei to name a few.

The first performance will be at 8pm on Saturday, October 1, at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, featuring everlasting classics "Celebration Overture", "The Song of the General (Shifan Luogu)", "Reflection of the Moon on the Water" and "Northwestern Suite" among others.

The second concert at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall at 8pm on Sunday, October 2, will feature all-time favourites of music lovers. Highlights include Symphonic Poem "Flowing Water Melody", "Symphony No. 1, Jinling (Third Movement)", "Dance Music on Feast Days" and Fantasia "Terra–cotta Warriors".

Founded in 1953, the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra is the oldest orchestral group on the Mainland. Its merger with the equally long-established China Film Orchestra in 2004 gave birth to the largest Chinese orchestra on the Mainland today, boasting close to 100 pieces in its configuration, and members who are all stringently auditioned before recruitment.

The restructured orchestra is moving towards an even higher plane, in terms of establishment and in standard. In the 50 years of their history, the two parent orchestras have nurtured such outstanding figures as Peng Xiuwen, Liu Mingyuan, Hu Haiquan, Zhang Shao, Wang Guotong, Liu Sen, Wang Fandi, Jian Guangyi and many others.

Concert by the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets ranging from $100 to $240 are now available at URBTIX outlets, while senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group booking discounts: 10% for four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets, 20% for 20 tickets or more.

Enquiries for programme and pre-concert talk (conducted in Putonghua), call 2268 7321 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at .

Ends/Tuesday, August 9, 2005

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