Computers are playing the classics

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 May, 1996, 12:00am

This is the computer era - computer technology has invaded our careers, our homes, and plays a big role in entertainment, especially pop music. But did you know that it has also entered the world of classical music? Come hear the Digital Symphony Orchestra which will give an exciting electronic performance of famous works from the classical repertoire in a 'Virtual Reality Symphony Concert' this week.

The concerts will be held at three Regional Council civic centres: the Tsuen Wan Town Hall at 8 pm tomorrow; the Tai Po Civic Centre at 7.30 pm on Saturday, and the Tuen Mun Town Hall at 8 pm on Sunday.

Under the baton of Ambrose Law, the Digital Symphony Orchestra will re-interpret through computers popular works by Mozart, Borodin, Johann Strauss, Respighi, Ravel, and also a work written by the conductor.

The music is created by entering performing data into the computer, following the composer's score. The computer plays back all the notes exactly as written by the composer, just like a real orchestra.

What the audience hears is music played by a full orchestra of about 100 musicians. The difference lies in the highly polished and streamlined nature of the performance.

Tickets at $40, $50 and $60 are available at all Urbtix outlets (half-price for full-time students and senior citizens). For reservations, call 2734 9009.