Close to Christmas on 21 December 2019 at Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium at 2:00pm & 4:30pm, CCOHK presents The Snowman & The Bear, two magical, musical adventures based on the original stories by Raymond Briggs and set to wordless film with enchanting music by Howard Blake. Conducted by Colin Touchin, the performance features the films displayed on the big screen as CCOHK performs the orchestral score together with animated storytelling by Forrest Morr and Tania Martin and additional vocal solos by baritone Alan Tsang and tenor Justin Li.
The Snowman tells the heartwarming story of a young boy who builds a snowman one Christmas Eve which comes to life. The Snowman takes the boy on a magical journey, flying over snow-capped mountains to the famous song Walking in the Air, to be sung by Poon Tsz-pok, Jensen (age 12)from Diocesan Boys’ School (2:00pm performance) and Yeung Sin-hang, Anderson (age 11)from Victoria Shanghai Academy (4:30pm performance).
The Bear tells the tale of a young girl named Tilly who visits the zoo and accidentally drops her teddy bear into the polar bear’s pit. That night she awakens to find a huge polar bear in her bedroom who returns her beloved teddy bear and then takes her on a fantastical bear-ride through the crisp Christmastime night to the beautiful theme song Somewhere a Star Shines performed by Felicity Low (age 12)from Chinese International School (2:00pm performance) and Windy Zhan (age 13) from International Christian Quality Music Secondary School (4:30pm performance).
Narrated in English and lasting 80 minutes with a 15-minute interval, The Snowman & The Bear programme is a wonderful wintertime outing for all the family and suitable for children aged three and above. Children below this age will not be admitted. Tickets priced at $400, $300, $250, $150* (*seats with restricted view, only available at URBTIX) with half-price concessions for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and minder, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients, are available from all URBTIX outlets. For ticketing enquiries, call 3761 6661; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit www.urbtix.hk; for programme or other enquiries, call 2864 2156 or visit www.ccohk.com.
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City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) holds a unique position as one of Asia’s leading chamber orchestras. Members are professional musicians experienced in playing diverse styles ranging from Baroque and classical to East-West crossover, tango, Bollywood and jazz. Since its establishment in 1999 CCOHK has performed with many world-class artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Thomas Allen, Sir Neville Marriner, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Philippe Entremont, Julian Lloyd Webber, Edgar Meyer, Branford Marsalis, Richard Galliano and The King’s Singers. The orchestra has also collaborated with celebrities including Hayley Westenra, Richard Clayderman, Robin Gibb, Dame Edna Everage and Canto-pop stars Sandy Lam, Hins Cheung and Hacken Lee. Additional highlights include collaborations with the Vienna Boys Choir, The American Boychoir, the Warsaw Boys Choir, the Swedish Voices Chamber Choir and Choeur Britten. On tour CCOHK has been invited to perform in Italy, Taipei, Beijing, Chengdu and at the 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival. At home CCOHK is in high demand with performing engagements for Hong Kong Ballet, Le French May Arts Festival, RTHK Radio 4, the World Harp Congress and The Hong Kong International Piano Competition. In support of contemporary music CCOHK has staged world premieres of works by Daniel Binelli, Dobrinka Tabakova, Detlev Glanert, Mao Yuan and Alexander Prior, and by Hong Kong’s top composers at Musicarama and the Hong Kong Contemporary Music Festival. CDs include an internationally acclaimed release on OUR Recordings featuring the world premiere of Richard Harvey’s Concerto Incantanto with Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri. CCOHK’s mission to cultivate young audiences for classical music in Hong Kong has led to the creation of several original fully-staged productions incorporating actors. These include Magnificent Mozart, The Star Bach, Vivaldi Unmasked and Bug Symphony which won the Public Choice Award at the YAMawards in Portugal 2017. At the helm of CCOHK’s artistic and executive planning is CCOHK’s founder Leanne Nicholls, herself a prize-winning performer who was awarded a commendation certificate from the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2009. French conductor Jean Thorel served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2016. Armenian conductor and virtuoso pianist Vahan Mardirossian was appointed chief conductor in September 2019.
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