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October
Choirs bring world music to Hong Kong
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The Music Office Youth Choir and Children’s Choir will next month (November) bring the world to meet its Hong Kong audience through sweet and melodious international folk songs.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Youth Choir and the Children’s Choir of the Music Office will perform in the “Around the World in Songs” concert at 3pm on November 12 (Sunday) at the Auditorium of Sha Tin Town Hall.

Conductors for the concert are Dr. Angelina Au and Linde Lee, with piano accompaniments by Kwan Pui-pui and Mable Siew.

The Children’s Choir will perform an array of folk songs including the traditional Cantonese “Moonlight”, “Lark! O Lark” from Xingjiang, the poetic “Sakura” from Japan, “Arirang” from Korea, “Rasa Sayag eh” from Malaysia, the passionate “Tinikling” from Philippines, the popular “Waltzing Matilda” from Australia, “Siyahumba” from South Africa, “Zum Gali Gali” from Israel, as well as two Russian songs “The Lonely Ash Tree” and “Rushing Troika”.

The Youth Choir will also present many well-known folk songs like “Mas Que Nada” from Brazil, “Les Champs-elysmes” from France, “La Bamba” which was once a mega hit in Mexico, as well as folk songs from Germany, Italy, England, Newfoundland, etc.

Not to be missed is “This is Our Home” from local renowned composer Joseph Koo, to be jointly presented by the two choirs.

Established in 1980, the Music Office Youth Choir has 80 members aged 15 to 25. The choir has performed regularly in local concerts and collaborated with a number of different music groups, including the reputable Bach Choir from the United Kingdom, College of St. Benedict – St John’s University Choral Arts Ensemble (USA) and local music groups. The choir has also performed in Malaysia, Singapore and Japan.

The Music Office Children’s Choir was formed in 1981 and it has about 70 members aged 8 to 15. In addition to regular performances of Western and Chinese choral works, the choir has also participated in community projects and operetta productions, among which were “Cinderella” and “Noaj and his Floating Zoo”.

Tickets for the concert priced at $40 and $20 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

Reservations can be made by phone on 2734 9009 or on the Internet at http://www.urbtix.hk . For programme information, call 2796 7537 / 2582 5311 or visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/musicoffice .

Ends/Thursday, October 12, 2006
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