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World renowned Berliner Philharmoniker to make Hong Kong debut

The world-renowned Berliner Philharmoniker, with over 120 years of history, will make its first appearance in Hong Kong in November.

The orchestra, under the baton of Chief Conductor Simon Rattle, will perform Berlioz's "Overture Le Corsaire", Ravel's "Ma mere l'oye" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 3 in E-flat, Op. 55, 'Eroica'" in the first concert, while featuring Haydn's "Symphony No. 86 in D", Ades' "Asyla" and Richard Strauss' "Ein Heldenleben" in the second.

Established in 1882, the Berliner Philharmoniker has been shaped artistically by the leadership of a series of distinguished conductors, from the founder, Franz Wullner, to the great violinist, Joseph Joachim, the conductor and pianist Hans von Bulow, Arthur Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado. Through its tours abroad - started in the Furtwangler era - and its numerous recordings, many of which are regarded as classic and benchmark recordings, the orchestra has established an international reputation as one of the finest in the world, an heir to the Austro-German orchestral tradition.

Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool in 1955 and, after studying at the Royal Academy of Music, won the 1974 John Player International Conducting Competition. He subsequently held a number of guest titles, including Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. In 1980, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and in 1990 became its Music Director until 1998. His performances and recordings with this orchestra won him world acclaim and many record awards. In 2002, he was elected by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker as the orchestra's Artistic Director and Chief Conductor and he brings to the orchestra a whole host of innovations.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and sponsored by Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Limited and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the two concerts will be held at 8pm on November 13 and 14 (Sunday and Monday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Tickets priced from $300 to $2,500 are available from September 13 onwards at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for 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 applies to Friends of LCSD performance venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009 (from September 14 onwards); for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999 (from September 13 onwards); for internet bookings, visit (from September 14 onwards); for more information, visit .

Ends/Monday, September 5, 2005

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