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More than 900 musicians to perform all-time favourites from East and West in Joint Concerts of Music Office Bands and Orchestras

     More than 900 young musicians from 14 bands and orchestras will perform an array of Chinese and Western pieces at four joint concerts to be presented by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in April and May.

     The first concert, which will showcase junior groups, will feature the Hong Kong Junior Chamber Ensemble, the Music Office Junior Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Children's Symphonic Band, and will be held at 3pm on April 12 (Sunday) at the Auditorium of Kwai Tsing Theatre. Under the batons of conductors Maxine Cheung, Dr Joseph Kam, Eddy Tse, Tsui Ying-fai, Cheung Hiu-fai, Janice Ho and Palas Chan, the musicians will play a variety of Chinese and Western music including Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus", Lo Leung-fai's "Spring" and John Powell's animation tune "How to Train Your Dragon" arranged by Sean O'Loughlin.

     The second concert, which will feature string orchestras and ensembles, will be held at 8pm on April 18 (Saturday) at the Auditorium of Yuen Long Theatre. The performing groups will be the New Territories Youth Strings, the Island Youth Strings, the Kowloon Youth Strings and the Hong Kong Youth Strings. Conducted by Cheung Ching-ting, Fung Lo, Lau Yeung-chit, Cheung Ching-yi, Tsang Yin-yu, Chan Tat-kwong and Li Sai-hong, the groups will perform works including Parry's "Lady Radnor's Suite", Wagner's "Tannhäuser March" arranged by Biletzky, Holst's "St Paul's Suite" and Shostakovich's "String Quartet No. 8 in C minor".

     Tickets priced at $20, $40 and $60 for these two concerts are available at URBTIX from today and March 18 respectively. Half-price concessions apply to full-time students, people with disabilities and their minders, senior citizens aged 60 and above and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Credit card bookings can be made at 2111 5999 and Internet bookings can be made at

     The third concert, which will showcase bands, and the fourth concert, to present Chinese orchestras, will be held on May 9 (Saturday) at the Theatre of Ko Shan Theatre and May 10 (Sunday) at the Auditorium of Tsuen Wan Town Hall respectively. Tickets will be available one month before the concert dates.
     For programme enquiries, please call 2796 1003 or 2582 5311 or visit the website at

Ends/Thursday, March 12, 2015
Issued at HKT 11:00


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