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December
Veteran pianist Frankl to perform with local orchestra
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Making his name on the international circuit in the 1960s, renowned pianist Peter Frankl will join the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra for a concert in January.

The concert will be at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall at 8pm on Sunday, January 14. Under the baton of Dr Yip Wai-hong, Frankl will play Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream" Overture and "Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor", as well as Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 4 in G" with the orchestra.

Frankl studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest with Professors Hernai, Kodaly, Weiner and won first prizes at several international competitions.

Since his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, he has been performing with many orchestras in the US (Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburg etc), the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic, all London orchestras and many others in Europe. He has also toured Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, playing with orchestras, in recitals and also in chamber music concerts.

His 70th birthday in the past year was marked with special concerts in the United States and in Europe, and in Hungary he was given one of the highest civilian awards by the Hungarian Republic for a lifetime artistic achievement in music. He lives in London and is visiting professor at Yale University in the US.

Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, founded by Dr Yip Wai-hong, is a highly organised orchestra which promotes music among the general public especially Hong Kong's young generation. A number of internationally famous conductors and soloists have been invited to perform with it. By using the idioms of popular music and organising concert talks, the orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, and at the same time, brought about an awareness of the indigenous culture of the people.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, tickets priced at $200, $150 and $100 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 student and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For enquiries about the programmes, call 2268 7321 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 online at http://www.urbtix.hk .

Ends/Monday, December 11, 2006
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