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US a cappella ensemble makes Asian debut in HK

The American a cappella group "Chapter 6" will bring their exquisite vocals and humorous performances to Hong Kong next month in their Asian debut.

This all-male sextet will sing songs that blend elements of jazz, pop, gospel and rock in a youthful, collegiate style.

The group has captured audiences with their versatility and irrepressible charm, often attracting spontaneous bursts of laughter and applause throughout their show.

"The Baltimore Sun" highly praised the group as "an impossibly wholesome and very polished vocal sextet". "Primarily A Cappella" commented, "These guys are consummate entertainers... brilliant sense of humour, great stage presence, top-drawer vocal abilities, and winning arrangements... thrilling and funny!"

Chapter 6 is a professional a cappella ensemble from Illinois, based in Chicago. The talented Christian group comprises six vocalists - Luke Menard, Nathan Pufall, A.D. Stonecipher, Jarrett Johnson, Chuck Bosworth and John Musick, and one arranger, Mark Grizzard.

The group is the only vocal ensemble to win both the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella in 2001 and the National Harmony Sweepstakes in 2004. They were named "Entertainer of the Year" at the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities National Convention in 2005 and received four A Cappella Community Awards including Favourite Jazz Group and Favourite Arranger.

Chapter 6 has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes. Their latest CD release, "Swing Shift", received three nominations for the 2005 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards while "The Wizard of Oz" won the award for Best Humour Song.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "A Cappella series: Chapter 6" concerts will be staged at 8pm on Saturday, January 5, 2008, at the Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre, and on January 6 (Sunday) at the Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets priced from $100 to $240 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance 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. Group discount on purchase with "A Cappella Series: Gay Singers" is also available. For more details, please check the programme leaflet.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit ; for more information, visit .

A pre-concert workshop, conducted by Chapter 6 in English, will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, January 4, 2008, at CR2, 7/F, Backstage, Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Free admission vouchers are available for collection from December 4 onwards at the enquiry counter of Hong Kong Cultural Centre on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are limited to two per person.

Ends/Wednesday, December 5, 2007

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