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Local Chinese orchestra to perform in November

One of Hong Kong's most popular Chinese orchestras, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra will give a concert, "Viva Heroines!" in November.

Under the batons of guest conductor Ho Man-chuen and the orchestra's conductor Wai Sing-fat, the orchestra will play a series of Chinese music, including "Festival of the Mountain Village"; "River of No Return"; "Mulan Suite" (World Premiere) and "Field Marshal Lady Mu Guiying". The orchestra will also play "Little Sisters of the Grassland" with pipa player Lan Weiwei who will perform as soloist in "Zhao Ling Six Horses" and "King Chu Doffs His Armour".

The performance will take place at 8pm on Saturday, November 11, at the Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall.

Established in 1979, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra aims to promote Chinese music and carry forward its rich heritage. Many of its members are recitalists who have received formal music training and are past winners of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Some of them were the "Hong Kong Elite" selected by the Music Office to give touring performances abroad.

In December, 1999, the orchestra organised a highly successful 20th anniversary concert entitled "The Way We Were", bringing several overseas Chinese orchestras to Hong Kong, including the Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra from Singapore, the Professional Cultural Centre Orchestra from Malaysia and the Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra from Australia. The orchestra has also cut many recordings including the Gold Disc winner, "Fishermen's Song of the East Sea". The orchestra has toured to Singapore, the United States, Australia and a number of Mainland cities.

After winning a Class One Prize at the 'Tianhua Cup' National Junior Pipa Competition in 1997, Lan Weiwei was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music in 1998, where she was trained by Li Guanghua. The following year, she won the 7th Chinese Music Concerto Competition (Pipa) in Taipei, and later earned more accolades at the national pipa competitions. She was recommended to study for a Master's degree at the Postgraduate School of the Central Conservatory of Music in 2002. Lan has performed in collaboration with famous composers such as Tan Dun, Tang Jianping and Jia Guoping.

In 2005, Tan recommended Lan to the National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Estonia to perform his pipa concerto. Lan has been the Principal of the Plucked String Section of the China Youth Traditional Music Orchestra under the auspices of the Central Conservatory of Music, and has performed solo or lead on various occasions. She has given four solo recitals in Europe in the last few years in which she performed Chinese traditional music as well as contemporary works.

"Viva Heroines!" by the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets priced at $80, $100 and $120 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 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/Friday, September 30, 2005
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