Music Office celebrates 45th+ anniversary with spectacular gala showcasing young musicians

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    1st March 2024 – (Hong Kong) Over 400 young musicians from the band, orchestras, and choirs of the Music Office (MO) under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will unite for a captivating performance at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on 1st April. This extraordinary event, titled the “Music Office 45th+ Anniversary Gala,” serves as the crowning finale of the “Carry the Music On” concert series, a commemorative program honouring the MO’s remarkable journey over the past 45 years.

    Under the batons of esteemed MO instructors and alumni, Dr Joseph Kam, Lee Sing-wan, Kwok Kin-ming, and Lai Wing-yan, the stage will come alive with a diverse repertoire presented by the Music Office Youth Choir, the Music Office Children’s Choir, the Hong Kong Youth Strings, the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band, and the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra. Kevin Ling and Ho Shun-yin, two MO instructors and alumni, will also grace the performance as the soprano saxophone soloist and piano accompanist respectively, joining the young musicians in celebrating the MO’s remarkable achievements.

    The concert program promises a captivating experience, featuring highlights such as American composers David Waggoner’s “Fill the World with Music” and Victor C. Johnson’s “Lift Your Voice and Rejoice!” The audience will be further enthralled by “Sinfonia for String Orchestra,” a composition that reflects the inner struggles and aspirations of the renowned Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s enchanting “Crisantemi, SC 65” and an intermezzo from “Manon Lescaut” will captivate listeners, while German composer Richard Wagner’s orchestral masterpiece, “Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” will leave a lasting impression. Additionally, the symphonic band work “Der Magnetberg (The Magnetic Mountain),” inspired by the timeless tale of “One Thousand and One Nights,” and the Chinese orchestral piece “The Silk Road Fantasia Suite” will transport the audience on a captivating journey to the ancient Silk Road.

    To honour exceptional trainees and members of the MO’s band, orchestras, and choirs, awards will be presented during the concert, adding a sense of recognition and achievement to the evening.

    Tickets priced at $80, $100, and $120 can be purchased through URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk) or by calling 3166 1288. For program inquiries, concessionary schemes, and further details, please contact 2796 1003 or 3842 7784 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/mo/activities/traineesevents/musicnconcert/2024moag.html.