Close to Christmas on 23 December 2018 at Sha Tin Town Hall Auditorium at 4:30pm & 7:30pm, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK)performs the perennially popular The Snowman & The Bear. These two animated films, both heartwarming and magical, are based on the stories by Raymond Briggs. The Snowman has enchanted children for 40 years. CCOHK will feature the film displayed on the big screen with lively storytelling by Australian actor Michael Sharmon and TVB artist Corinna Cheng best known for her role in the popular TVB comedy-drama Inbound Troubles.
The Snowman tells the heart-warming story of a young boy who builds a snowman one Christmas Eve which comes to life and takes him on a magical journey. The boy and the Snowman fly over snow-capped mountains to the well-known tune of Walking in the Air, to be sung by Alby Chan (aged 11) from St. Paul’s College Primary School (4:30pm performance) and Nathaniel Chan (aged 12) from St. Stephen’s College (7:30pm 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 standing in her bedroom. The bear returns her beloved teddy bear and then takes her on a fantastical bear-ride through the crisp Christmastime night. The beautiful theme song Somewhere a Star Shines, will be performed by Janice Chu (aged 12) from Good Hope School (4:30pm performance) and Chloe Fu (aged 13) from Heep Yunn School (7:30pm performance).
Narrated in English and lasting 80 minutes with a 15-minute interval, The Snowman & The Bear programme is suitable for children aged three and above. Tickets priced at $400, $300, $220, 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) is one of Asia’s leading chamber orchestras and one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic cultural entities. Members are professional musicians experienced in playing a diverse range of styles from early music to tango, Bollywood and jazz. CCOHK has performed with many world-class artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Thomas Allen, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Mario Brunello, Julian Lloyd Webber, Edgar Meyer, Branford Marsalis, Richard Galliano, Sir Neville Marriner and The King’s Singers. The orchestra has also shared the stage with celebrities including Hayley Westenra, Richard Clayderman, Robin Gibb, Olivia Newton-John, Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Lam, Grasshopper and Hacken Lee. On tour the CCOHK has made its mark in Italy and China, performing at historical locations such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the San Filippo Teatro in Láquila (since devastated by earthquake). At home the orchestra has performed for Hong Kong Ballet, Le French May Arts Festival, RTHK Radio 4, the World Harp Congress and The Hong Kong International Piano Competition, and has given world premieres of works by composers Detlev Glanert, Samson Young, Joyce Tang, Mao Yuan, Alexander Prior, Dobrinka Tabakova and Richard Harvey. Additional highlights include Celtic fusion concerts with Scotland’s The Whistlebinkies, Irish piper Davy Spillane and Mairead Nesbitt, and performances with The Vienna Boys’ Choir, The American Boychoir, the Warsaw Boys Choir, the Swedish Voices Chamber Choir and Choeur Britten (France). CDs include an internationally acclaimed release with Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri on OUR Recordings. In addition to hosting masterclasses, workshops and soirées for kids, CCOHK has conceived, scripted and produced its own highly successful orchestral-theatre programmes aimed at engaging and educating children in Hong Kong. These include Magnificent Mozart, The Star Bach and the award-winning orchestra-theatre spectacular Bug Symphony. CCOHK was founded in 1999 by artistic director and principal oboist Leanne Nicholls who was awarded a commendation certificate from the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government for outstanding contributions to the development of arts and cultural activities. French conductor Jean Thorel served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2016.
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