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November
Strings converge with Chinese plucked strings
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The Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra and the Hong Kong Youth Strings will jointly present a concert at 7.30pm on November 19 (Saturday) at the Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall.

Organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the concert will give the audience a unique chance to enjoy both Chinese and Western music.

The Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra will perform the Cantonese music "Turning Drapery", the Chinese music "Joy", the "Japanese Folk Songs Medley" and the Dance Suite of "The Red Detachment of Women".

The Hong Kong Youth Strings will present Dvorak's "Serenade for Strings in E major, Op.22", Vivaldi's "Concerto grosso in A minor, Op.3, No.8" and Britten's "Simple Symphony for string orchestra, Op.4".

Conductors of the concert will be Mr Tsui Ying-fai, Mr Kwok Kin-ming, Mr Patrick Sze and Ms Chai Hon-fong.

Formed in 1989, The Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra is one of the advanced level youth orchestras organised under the auspices of the Music Office.

With some 40 members playing various Chinese instruments of liuyeqin, pipa, ruan, sanxian (lutes), yangqin (dulcimer), zheng (zither) and Chinese wind and percussion instruments and Western bass instruments, the orchestra has performed in various local and international concerts.

The orchestra went on a concert tour to Kagoshima, Japan, in 1998 and participated in the well-known Aberdeen International Youth Festival in the United Kingdom in August, 2005, as part of a cultural exchange.

Established in 1985, the Hong Kong Youth Strings has taken part in various local concerts and international youth music exchange activities.

In 1997, the 50-member orchestra went on a concert tour to Singapore and Malaysia. The orchestra was invited to Kagoshima, Japan, for a cultural exchange and concert performances last year. The joint concert of the orchestra with the Kagoshima Wind Ensemble at Kirishima International Concert Hall was highly acclaimed.

Tickets priced at $20 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-priced concessions are available to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients.

For programme enquiries, please call 2399 2195 or 2582 5311. For details, see the website, http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/musicoffice . Internet bookings can be made at http://www.urbtix.hk and telephone reservations on 2734 9009.

Ends/Monday, November 7, 2005
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