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HKPO and Broadway Stars perform Highlights


Hong Kong, 24 April 2006 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will present 'CIC Investor Services Ltd. proudly sponsors: Broadway Hits in Concert' on 6th and 7th May at the City Hall Concert Hall. Due to popular demand, a third matinee show will be added on 7th May at 3pm. Tickets are now available at all URBTIX outlets. "Broadway Hits in Concert" is title sponsored by CIC Investor Services Limited.

Guest conductor Elizabeth Schulze will lead the HKPO and guest artists in classic themes from the world's best-loved musicals. Three celebrated singers from the West End and Broadway theatres will join the Orchestra: Anne Runolfsson (Giudacelli in Phantom), Andrea McArdle (the original 'Annie') and Michael Maguire (Enjolras in Les Miserables).

Highlights of the programme include the music of Harold Arlen (Wizard of the Oz), Frederick Loewe (My Fair Lady), Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera), Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), John Kandor (Cabaret, Chicago), Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon), Charles Strouse (Annie) and numbers from the musical that's entirely made up of ABBA songs (Mamma Mia!).

Elizabeth Schulze is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. As a winner of many conducting awards and fellowships, she has worked with such renowned maestros as Seiji Ozawa, Sergiu Comissiona and Leonard Bernstein.

Anne Runolfsson has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall (with Tenor Jose Carreras) and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Currently on Broadway she is staring as Carlotta Giudacelli in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

Andrea McArdle is best known as the original "Annie" (both on Broadway and in London), a performance that earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical, in addition to a Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle Award.

Michael Maguire is best known to theatregoers for his portrayal of Enjolras in the original Broadway company of Les Miserables for which he won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Theater World Award. He was a member of the Dream Cast celebrating the 10th anniversary of Les Miserables, an event that has been broadcast numerous times on PBS and around the world.

CIC Investor Services Ltd. proudly sponsors
Broadway Hits in Concert
6&7/5/2006 (SAT&SUN)    8pm
7/5/2006 (SUN)                   3pm
Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall
HK$250, $200, $150, $100
Tickets available at URBTIX now
Reservation: 2734 9009/ 2111 5999
Enquiry: 2721 2030/

Elizabeth Schulze          conductor
Anne Runolfsson           soprano
Andrea McArdle            mezzo-soprano
Michael Maguire             baritone

Over the Rainbow (From The Wizard of Oz)
I Could Have Danced All Night (From My Fair Lady)
All I Ask of You/Think of Me/Music of the Night (From The Phantom of the Opera)
All That Jazz (From Chicago)
Bring Him Home (From Les Miserables)
Mamma Mia/Dancing Queen (From Mamma Mia)
Miss Saigon Medley
Tomorrow (From Annie)
and many more

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is rapidly emerging as Asia's leading orchestra, since internationally renowned Edo de Waart joined as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor in the 2004/05 Season. Throughout the last three decades, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. Apart from giving over a hundred performances annually, many of which are highly anticipated events in the city's cultural calendar, it performs more than 70 free orchestral and chamber concerts for 70,000 primary and secondary school students a year. The Orchestra also joins hands with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to help nurture aspiring professionals.