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"King of zheng" to give recital in December

Renowned local zheng soloist So Chun-bo, dubbed the "king of zheng in Hong Kong", will give a recital next month.

Playing in a unique style, So will perform his compositions and rearranged works, including the theme from "Yesterday's Glitter", "Fish Hawks Dabbling in the Water", "Red Candles' Tears", and "The Worship" (zheng and cello ensemble). He will also incorporate improvisation, an essential element in jazz, in a performance of his work "Impromptu". The Hong Kong Zheng Orchestra will perform "A Sketch of Hong Kong" (zheng ensemble) and "Chant of Pu An" (zheng and percussion).

So began studying zheng in 1963 and formed the first zheng ensemble in Hong Kong in 1971. In 1974, he gave the first zheng recital in Hong Kong. Since then, he has given more than 100 recitals and appeared in music festivals throughout the world. He has composed more than 70 zheng works, recorded 18 albums and published "A Complete Anthology of Chinese Zheng Music" in two volumes.

So Chun-bo is currently the chairman of the Hong Kong Zheng Orchestra, director of the Hong Kong Guzheng Academy, an instructor in zheng at the music department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an honorary director of the Zheng Professionals Committee under the auspices of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), "Zheng Recital by So Chun-bo" will be on December 2 (Sunday), at the Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall, at 8pm. Tickets priced at $100 and $140 are now available at URBTIX outlets, while senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For enquiries about the programme, 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/Tuesday, November 6, 2007
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