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Swiss piano ensemble to stage a musical feast at Christmas

Switzerland's Piano Seven will show Christmas in a whole new light with its performance on Christmas Day.

Featuring innovative music with piano, percussion and violin, as well as dramatic lighting effects, "Magical Christmas with Piano Seven", will be staged at 8pm on Monday (December 25) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Piano Seven, an ensemble of seven pianists and one percussionist, was established in 1987. It has performed with great success in numerous opera houses and classical halls in Switzerland, France, Belgium, Egypt, Thailand, Singapore and China.

Every member has received training in classical music and furthered their studies in Jazz music. The ensemble performs concerts with supplementary jazz elements in three main streams of music including pop piano music, classical music and the group's original compositions. Their original compositions are influenced by jazz and classical aesthetics evoking echoes of romantic, classic and modern European composers, elements of contemporary jazz and influences of tango and circus music.

Tickets priced at $120, $160, $220 and $300 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 CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will be a maximum of 20% off for a single purchase of different programmes in the series. Please see the programme leaflets for details.

“Magical Christmas with Piano Seven” is one of the entertaining programmes in Cheers! Series 2006 presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Other attractions of the series include “Space Little Prince” by Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education; “Little Fish” by Make Friends with Puppet; “The Animal World” popular concert by the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra; “Magnificat Spanish Delights” by Hong Kong Oratorio Society; “The Nutcracker” by the Hong Kong Ballet; “A Little Night Music” (Eine kleine Nachtmusik) and “Johann Strauss and the Danube Maid” by the Marionettentheater Schloss Schonbrunn; Concert by the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir; “Magic Beyond Belief” by the Spencers (USA) and the acrobatic shows by the Tweaksters (USA). Please refer to individual programme leaflets for details.

For enquiries about the programmes and the pre-concert workshop (conducted in English), 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/Wednesday, November 15, 2006
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