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Italian carnival music to bring festive joy and love

The mood, atmosphere and glamour of 17th century Italian carnivals will be re-created this autumn in Hong Kong in an Italian carnival music "The Italian Feast".

The programme is the opening performance of the Mediterranean Arts Festival presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Inspired by the exuberance of 17th-century carnivals in Venice, Florence and Naples, German conductor Thomas Hengelbrock has put together an unconventional musical programme full of love, joy and festivity in the "The Italian Feast" performed by Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble (Germany).

His 28 hand-picked singers and instrumentalists will dress in beautiful costumes and masks to perform early Baroque music by masters such as Claudio Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli and Marc Antonio Cesti to bring back the bewitching atmosphere of these colourful carnivals.

Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble focus on combining music with literature and different performing arts, developing many innovative musical productions.

"The Italian Feast" will be performed from October 19-21 at 7.30pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The programmes is presented in Italian with English and Chinese surtitles.

Tickets priced at $580, $450, $300 and $150 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Booking discounts of up to 20% are available.

Programme brochures are now available at URBTIX outlets or at the website .

For programme enquiries, please call 2370 1044. Telephone reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Internet bookings can be made at .

Ends/Saturday, September 29, 2007

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