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August
Three a cappella concerts coming soon
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Hong Kong audiences will be treated to three a cappella concerts by renowned overseas troupes in the coming months.

Cantabile from the UK will kick off the series – presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department – on September 27. The group has long been acknowledged as one of the greatest vocal groups in Britain. Cantabile first came to prominence as the narrators of the Oscar-winning lyricist, Tim Rice's musical "Blondel". They were one of the first vocal groups to win the Wavendon Ensemble of the Year Award.

Cantabile has delighted audiences with their unique blend of British humour and musical virtuosity. Their songs feature a wide range of stunning vocal arrangements; and some were written for them by Andrew Lloyd Webber's arranger, David Cullen.

On October 19, Ensemble Planeta from Japan will be here to gives a wonderful blend of voices. This quintet recreates music into a cappella arrangements that have epochal and timeless appeal.

With their unique adoption of a "non vibrato" vocal style, instead of the "bel canto" which is much more commonly heard in classical music and opera, Ensemble Planeta has been warmly received by critics since their debut in 2001. They have appeared on television and radio, at music events and in magazines, and now have a strong fan base. It is a common sight to see parents and their children attending the Ensemble Planeta concerts together.

Another a cappella troupe, Rockapella from the US, will perform on November 19. The original quartet, a group of young Brown University alumni, teamed up for the sheer love of performing. In the early nineties, Rockapella reached their first milestone, appearing on the PBS television special "Do it A Cappella". Since then, their sound had become an infectious blend of soul, rock, R&B, and jazz, selling out shows and appearing on radio and television. This unique pop musical group has taken the previously stodgy music genre of a cappella and brought it full-force into the 21st century.

As the undisputed king of contemporary a cappella music, this five-man powerhouse continues to offer proof of their ability to attract devoted fans across the globe.

All concerts will be held at the Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets for Cantabile are priced from $120 to $280; $120 and $240 for Ensemble Planeta; and $120 to $280 for Rockapella are now available at all URBTIX outlets; 10% off will be offered for each purchase of standard tickets for two of the concerts in the series; and 15% off for all three concerts.

Half-price tickets will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount will be offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at www.urbtix.hk. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp for more information on the programmes.


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