What to see: Those who were around in the 1980s will remember the hit movie and television series Fame, in which a bunch of high-school students dressed in leotards and legwarmers sang and danced their way to the top of the ratings. The Broadway musical of the same name has since closed in New York but the FAME name is still very much alive in London's West End and Australia. Its Australian cast will embark on their first Asia-Pacific Rim tour in May, with the first stop in Kuala Lumpur before landing in Hong Kong by early June. FAME may not have the extravagant sets of the 'big four' - Les Miz, Phantom Of The Opera, Cats and Miss Saigon - but it fits the bill for musical fans craving some well-choreographed dancing and catchy tunes. June 6 to 16, 8pm. Lyric Theatre, Academy for Performing Arts, Wan Chai. Tickets ($295-$590 from Ticketek, tel: 3128 8288) go on sale March 26. What to hear: The City Chamber Orchestra is celebrating St Patrick's Day (March 17) with a uniquely Irish musical experience. Think fiddles, pipes and mandolins, and something rarely heard - the Irish tin whistle. British-trained musician Richard Harvey (right), a whiz with these instruments, will guest conduct the orchestra. Harvey, who ran his own folk music ensemble, has worked with Sir Paul McCartney and Kate Bush and scored best-selling films such as Jane Eyre and Animal Farm. Some typical Irish selections for the evening include O Waly Waly, The Rocky Road To Dublin and Lark In The Clear Air. March 18, 8pm. City Hall Concert Hall. $100-$200 from Urbtix (2734 9009). What to see: Song Yu-min's works, including Golden Autumn Symphony (above), represent a growing trend among artists to abolish the traditional monochrome of Chinese ink landscape paintings. Splashes of red, yellow and turquoise give the Hebei-born artist's strokes a touch of sensitivity. He is widely collected in Japan and Taiwan and these works are the result of a blend of colours extracted from rocks and minerals. Until March 28, Connoisseur Art Gallery, Shop G3, 1 Hollywood Road, Central. Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 7.30pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Tel: 2868 5358. What to hear: It looks like being a promising season for the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, should it get much-needed funding. New music director Yip Wing-sie will step on to the podium after Tsung Yeh, and the line-up of soloists includes the charismatic pianist Melvin Tan on April 13 and French wunderkind violinist Laurent Korcia, who was a winner of the prestigious Paganini Awards, on May 11. But the hottest tickets in town will be for the comeback appearance by extraordinary conductor/pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy (left) on May 3. Classical fans will remember that his recent appearance with the Czech Philharmonic nearly brought the house down. He will perform the much-loved Mozart Piano Concerto No 17 in G and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1. For those who want to get up close and personal, there will be a post-concert dinner, where the maestro will share his musical views. Yip Wing-sie Meets Melvin Tan, April 13, 8pm. City Hall Concert Hall. $60-$120 from Urbtix (2734 9009). Tzigane - Laurent Korcia with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, May 11, 8pm, City Hall Concert Hall. $100-$300 from Urbtix. On Stage With Vladimir Ashkenazy, May 3, 7.30pm. Lyric Theatre, Academy for Performing Arts. $280-$680 from Ticketek (3128 8288) available from March 20. Post-concert dinner, 9pm, for information tel the Hong Kong Sinfonietta on 2836 3336.