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November
Russian capella to perform in HK
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The State Symphony Capella of Russia, which has won the hearts of audiences worldwide, will perform two concerts in Hong Kong next month (December) under the leadership of Veleri Polyansky.

To match the festive season, the programme includes Christmas carols like "Let It Snow", "Jingle Bells", "O Holy Night" and "The First Noel". There will also be Russian folk songs and classical selections from Bortniansky, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Verdi, etc. Programmes are different for the two performances.

The State Symphony Capella of Russia was founded in 1991 by merging the USSR State Chamber Choir under Valeri Polyansky and the State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Minstry of Culture headed by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. The Capella is renowned for its flexibility in phrasing, rich and warm tone, nobility of expression and skilfully balanced sounding sections.

Apart from performing in Russia, the Capella has toured in Spain, Hungary, France, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Canada, England, Italy, and other European countries. Over the years, the Capella has received critical acclaim for its flawless technique, beautiful tone, clear and precise intonation and unfailing attention to the poetic word.

Concerts will be staged at 8pm on Friday, December 23, at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall and 3pm on Saturday, December 24, at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets priced from $80 to $200 are now available 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 CSSA tickets on a first-come, first-served basis). Please check out programme leaflets for group booking discount scheme.

For programme enquiries call 2268 7323 or visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through http://www.urbtix.hk .

This is a "Cheers!" series programme presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Other attractions of the series include "The Curious Incident of a Narrator" by Jumbo Kids Theatre, "Peter Pan and Wendy" by Shu Ning Presentation Unit, "Journey into the World of Hans Christian Andersen" by Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education, "Festive Revelries" by the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, "Li Ning - The Legend of Magic with China Acrobatic Circus", "The Nutcracker" by Hong Kong Ballet, "Golden Jubilee Christmas Concert" by Hong Kong Oratorio Society, New Year Concert by the Vienna Johann Strauss Capelle, "Diafan" by Pep Bou (Spain) and "Whimsical Puppets" by Sichuan Huge Puppet Troupe of China.

Ends/Thursday, November 24, 2005
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