Romantic interludes

SOME enchanted June evenings are in store for lovers of Broadway musicals, starting with a revival of that story of love in a world at war, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific at the Academy for Performing Arts' Lyric Theatre from June 9 to 26.

Here's some advance notice too, to get you to the Cultural Centre's Grand Theatre on time for Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady from June 22-25. Contact URBTIX for tickets on 734-9009.

A local flavour is promised in the Hong Kong Singers' very model production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance at the Arts Centre's Shouson Theatre from June 7 to 11. Tenor Neil Drave plays Frederic, who has mistakenly been apprenticed to the pirates, and soprano Linda Peach, fresh from the Arts Festival's Magic Flute, plays Mabel, the general's daughter who takes an interest in him. Tickets through Urbtix.

ALL things - and animals - being equal, George Orwell's bitingly funny satire against totalitarian regimes, Animal Farm, will be brought to the stage of the Arts Centre's Shouson Theatre by the International Theatre Company of London from tonight until Saturday, with student matinees at 10am. Peter Hall adapted the novel, with music by Richard Peaslee and lyrics by Adrian Mitchell. Tickets through Urbtix.

Howard Brenton's Bloody Poetry, a drama about the mad, bad and dangerous-to-know peer, Lord Byron, who seduced Shelley, his mistress and her half-sister (that's the Romantics for you) is performed by the Hong Kong Players at the Fringe's Nestle Dairy Farm Theatre from tomorrow until Saturday. Call the Fringe box office on 521-7251.

Weaker hearts may no doubt prefer Samuel Taylor's comedy A Touch of Spring at the Hilton from tomorrow night until June 11, the latest from Derek Nimmo's company. Described as somewhat amoral, this comedy stars Mary Claiborne, Jon Iles and Virginia Gilchrist in a story of love and death in Italy. Dinner is included at $535, call the Hilton box office on 523-3111, ext 2009.

The American Community Theatre presents that moving drama about AIDS in the early 80s, Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, from June 8 to 11 and June 14 to 18. Tickets through Urbtix. THERE will be a masterclass on modern dance movement by American JenniferMuller at 2.30pm on Saturday to accompany Friday and Saturday night's performances by her group, The Works, at the City Hall Concert Hall. Call 734-2925 for details.

GIFTED pianist Boris Berezovsky, the 1990 Gold Medal Winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, performs works by Tchaikovsky, Medtner and Mussorgsky, including Pictures at an Exhibition, at the City Hall Concert Hall tonight.

Tchaikovsky will also be among the composers featured when 13-year-old violinist Sarah Chang from Philadelphia makes her Hong Kong debut with the Philharmonic on June 6 at the Cultural Centre Concert Hall. She will perform the Russian's Violin Concerto in D Opus 35. Tickets through Urbtix.

Flautist James Galway makes another appearance in Hong Kong tonight - he was Artist in Residence at the 1993 Arts Festival - this time with Christopher O'Riley on piano to perform works by Mozart, Faure, Widor, Saint-Saens and Doppler at the Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets through Urbtix.

The Hong Kong String Quartet will feature works by Haydn, Walton, Bach and Borodin at Tsuen Wan Town Hall on Sunday. Tickets through Urbtix. On the same evening the Hong Kong Bach Choir presents the A Cappella Tradition with music by Palestrina, Billings, Bruckner and Gorecki at the Union Church, Kennedy Road.