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Recital by celebrated musicians John Williams & Richard Harvey

One of the most esteemed guitarists in the world, John Williams will join versatile musician Richard Harvey for a duo recital in Hong Kong next month (September).

The recital will take place at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre at 8pm on Wednesday, September 28. The programme includes Handel's "Sonata in F"; Bach's Prelude, from "Cello Suite in G", BWV 1007; Anon's "Gothic Suite"; Hand's "Prayer"; traditional Chinese "Hujia 18 beats" and Harvey's own works.

Williams will show his superb technique in classical guitar, while Harvey will play a variety of musical instruments in the recital including recorders, flutes (Chinese, Southeast Asian, Malagasy), whistles, panpipes, clarinet, mandolin, dulcimer, West Africian thumb piano among others.

John Williams needs no introduction to music lovers. Since his debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1958, he has explored, expanded and personally inspired a modern renaissance for the classical guitar and attained enormous popularity with his voluminous performances and best-selling recordings in the classical repertoire. Williams has a long history of noteworthy collaborations with leading musicians, and his partnership with Julian Bream, Itzhak Perlman, André Previn, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth has been particularly fruitful.

Richard Harvey has scored countless television dramas and more than 30 feature films. He has won a British Academy Award for TV music written in collaboration with rock star Elvis Costello and his guitar composition, "Concerto Antico", was recently premiered in concert and recorded on CD by John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra. Harvey is a prolific composer, an occasional conductor and a performer on a vast collection of instruments (more than 700 now) - blown, plucked, keyed, bowed, beaten and "programmed".

One of the programmes in Encore Series, "Duo Recital by John Williams & Richard Harvey" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets ranging from $120 to $420 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.

Enquiries for programme and pre-concert talk (conducted in Cantonese), 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/Wednesday, August 17, 2005
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