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                                                   INDEX
Page   Contents



1      Index

2      Lifeline Express

4      Message from the Chairman

5      Fundraising Committee Members

6      Honorary Advisors

8      Message from Prince Jewellery & Watch Co.

10     Message from New Icon

12     Musical Moments

14     Biography – Joanna Ampil

16     Biography – Howard McCrary

18     Biography – David Quah

20     Programme

21     Cast members

22     Biography – Robert Vicencio

24     Biography – Brian Montgomery

26     Biography – Jovita Leung

28     Biography – Li Tong Hsu

30     Biography – Marsha Yuan

32     Biography – Woo Zun Hin

33     HKMA Orchestra and team members

34     Biography – Band members

36     Biography – Irene Cheng

37     Songsingers’ Choir and team members

38     Biography – Alex Tam and Albert Lim

40     Message from Guest Singers

42     Technical Team

44     Composers

46     Pictures

48     Acknowledgements
              Lifeline Express


                                                             LIFELINE EXPRESS
                                                            Putting Hope in Sight



                                 “Lifeline Express” is a purpose-built eye hospital train, equipped with the latest eye-
                                 care medical facilities and technology, to offer free operations for poverty-stricken
                                 cataract patients who reside in remote areas of mainland China. The first train started
                                 its Mission of Light in July 1997 and the second and third Lifeline Express trains joined
                                 this worthwhile project in 1999 and 2002 respectively. With three hospital eye-trains
                                 now operating, around 11,000 free operations can be performed every year.


                                 Cataracts normally occur only to the elderly, but in less privileged areas in mainland
                                 China, many children have suffered from this disease since birth. Early treatment for
                                 these cataract patients will enable them not only to regain their eyesight but also help
                                 to relieve them from disability-induced poverty. To young patients, this is particularly
                                 important as they will able to lead a healthy and normal life in the future.


                                                                                To further extend our mission, Lifeline
                                                                                   Express planns to establish 10
                                                                                       Microscopic Eye Surgery Training
                                                                                         Centres in selected cities in China
                                                                                           by mid 2008. The purpose is
                                                                                            to enable local eye doctors
                                                                                            working in less privileged parts
                                                                                           of China to receive proper and
                                                                                         updated training to enhance
                                                                                        their competency in patient care
                                                                                      locally. These centres are linked by
                                                                                                                               “Lifeline Express” is a gift of love and sharing, it
                                                                                   video-conferencing facilities to major
                                                                                                                               deserves all the assistance and support from all walks
                                                                                 hospitals in China and Hong Kong to
                                                                                                                               of life. Your donation will help restore sight, then,
                                                                               facilitate the efficient sharing of modern
                                                                                                                               hope is returned, the entire family’s future is changed.
                                                                              and advanced medical knowledge.


                                                                                                                               www.lifelineexpress.org.hk
                                                                                                                               T: 2861-0862
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                                                                                                                               Donation:
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                                                                                                                               HSBC                              511-895955-001
                                                                                                                               Bank of China (Hong Kong)         012-875-0-0276900
              Message from the Chairman

                                          The power of music is boundless. It soothes the mind and inspires hope. Our Musical
                                          Moments also has the power to raise money for the blind who live in need in remote areas of
                                          mainland China.


                                          “Lifeline Express” started its first mission of light in China on 1st July 1997. Since its
                                          inception, the eye-hospital trains have completed 72 missions in 62 remote areas and over         Ms. Shelley Lee, GBS, JP                 Mr. Bunny Chan, BBS, JP                  Mrs. Irene Yau, ISO
                                          70,000 cataract patients have had their eyesight restored. Backed by support from many                Vice Chairman                               Chairman                           Vice Chairman

                                          quarters, “Lifeline Express” has fortunately been able to achieve quite a lot so far. Yet there
                                          are still more than four million cataract patients in mainland China who need help.


                                          Many of these patients will lose their sight permanently unless they get help soon. However,
                                          these patients need not lose hope because the tremendous support from caring people like
                                          you help keep the eye-hospital trains on track. Your donations will endow the patients with
                                          a new lease of life, as well as help them regain a sense of dignity and self-confidence as
                                          productive members of the family and the community.


                                          Last but not least, I would like to thank all Honourable Advisors and Members of the Fund
                                          Raising Committee for making this concert possible. Thanks to your generous support,
                                          Musical Moments is transformed into magical moment that brings much healing and hope
                                          to the less fortunate.


                                          I wish you all a very enjoyable evening.
                                                                                                                                               Ms. Sharon Evans                           Mrs. Clarie Lo                       Mr. Stanley Shen




                                          Bunny Chan Chung Bun
                                          Chairman, Fund Raising Committee
                                          Chairman, Lifeline Express
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                                                                                                                                                                       Ms. May Tam                             Ms. Ivy Tong
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              Honourary Advisors


                                   Ms. Chelsia Chan                 Mr. Samson Chan                   Mrs. Nellie Fong, GBS, JP       Mrs. Nina Lam                     Mrs. Elizabeth Lee              Ms. Fu Ming Xia




                                     Li Ning
                                   Foundation



                                                                    Mrs. Rita Liu, BBS                Mrs. Kathryn Louey, BBS         Mrs. Mary Suen                   Mrs. Christine Wong,            Mrs. Mona Wong
                                                                                                                                                                               BBS




                                                                                                                                                                           Well
                                                                                                                                    The Verdant                         Positioned
                                                                                                                                    Foundation                         Corporation



                                                                     Dr. Paul Wong                        Mr. Robert Yau




                                                                                                                                       Mui’s
                                                                     Michael
                                                                                                                                      Kamsing
                                                                        &                                                                                                  Mr. Wilfred Ng,
                                                                                                                                    Garment Ltd.
                                                                     Angela                                                                                                    MH, JP
                                                                                                                                     Mrs. Judy
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                                               Mrs. Olivia Davies                        Mr. Frank Lang      Mr. Raymond Lee, BBS                      Mr. Apollo Ng                          Ms. May Tam        Mr. Lincoln Yu
              Message from Prince Jewellery & Watch Co.




                                                          Prince Jewellery & Watch Company is proud and honored to be the title sponsor of “The
                                                          Musical Moments” charity concert presented by Lifeline Express this year.


                                                          Lifeline Express has been providing free operations for poverty-stricken cataract patients in
                                                          the remote areas of Mainland China since 1997. With their three eye hospital trains operating,
                                                          around 11,000 free operations can be performed annually and by end of December 2006
                                                          64,000 cataract patients were able to regain their eye sight. Continuous support from everyone
                                                          of us will be most essential for Lifeline Express to keep their unique charity work go on.


                                                          Prince Jewellery & Watch Company has always been committed to corporate social responsibility
                                                          and are most delighted to be associated with this charity event. Audience will be able to enjoy
                                                          performance from an array of top international and local performers and at the same time
                                                          contribute to the fund raising activity of Lifeline Express.


                                                          I believe everyone will enjoy the musical extravaganza presented by Lifeline Express and will
                                                          have a memorable and wonderful evening.




                                                          Jimmy Tang
                                                          Executive Director
                                                          Prince Jewellery & Watch Company
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           Message from New Icon
                                   New Icon’s successful 2006 production of Musical Moments received critical acclaims and
                                   excellent reviews. This year, Musical Moments is very honoured to be commissioned once
                                   again by our presenter, Lifeline Express, to perform two charity concerts at the Concert Hall
                                   of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on October 22nd and 23rd, 2007.


                                   The purpose of these concerts is to raise funds for treating the poor and needy in remote
                                   parts of China and to bring sight and vision to them.


                                   New Icon Ltd. is dedicated to the production and presentation of musical concerts and
                                   musical theatre productions, both existing and original works of the highest calibre. It is also
                                   dedicated to the development and promotion of talented singers, artists and musicians –
                                   including the very talented cast of Musical Moments.


                                   The company has been involved with many of the most famous hit shows that toured Hong
                                   Kong and Asia including: Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Singing in the Rain, Fame,
                                   Saturday Night Fever, Mamma Mia, Oliver, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat,
                                   Cats, Woman in Black, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty on Ice and a US tour by the Hong Kong
                                   Ballet and very soon Swan Lake on Ice, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and We Will Rock You.


                                   New Icon is very proud to introduce its very own production of Musical Moments, and
                                   sincerely hope you enjoy the spectacular show.


                                   newicon@gmail.com




                                   Stanley Shen
                                   Executive Producer
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           Musical Moments

                                                              Created, Conceived

                                                              & Produced by New Icon




                             Musical Moments is a musical extravaganza celebrating the timeless music of Broadway and
                             the West End. Spanning from the 40’s to the present day, it includes music from Cole Porter,
                             Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irvin Berlin, Gershwin, Cole Porter to Larson, Gore, Andersson, Forrest
                             & Wright, Wildhorn, Krieger, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It features
                             hits from Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, We will Rock You, Phantom of the
                             Opera, Porgy & Bess, 42nd St, Jekyll & Hyde, Chess, Dreamgirls, Aspects of Love, Lion King,
                             Whistle Down The Wind, Mamma Mia, Annie Get Your Gun, Rent, Fame… and many more!


                             The show brings together an array of top international and local performers, including: Joanna
                             Ampil, (Currently appearing in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, London as Fantine; with
                             past credits including the leading roles of Kim in Miss Saigon, Eponine in Les Miserables, Mary
                             Magdeline in Jesus Christ Superstar, Mimi in Rent, the Princess in Aladdin and Sheila Franklin
                             in Hair), Robert Vicencio (Lead role of General Thuy in Miss Saigon in UK, Asia tour), Li-Tong
                             Hsu from the Netherlands (Cats, The King & I, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
                             and Brian Montgomery, (Metropolitan Opera - Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Posa in Don
                             Carlo, most notably, also appearing in AIDA). Howard McCrary from LA is an Emmy Award
                             Nominee and an all-round performer, composer, producer and director. Howard has performed
                             with Michael Jackson, Dion Warwick, Chaka Kahn, Quincy Jones, Nina Simon, Diana Ross
                             and many others. We are very honoured to have Howard as our Musical Director for Musical
                             Moments.


                             Appearing with them are Hong Kong’s very own artists: David Quah (Alfredo in La Traviata,
                             Tamino in Magic Flute etc. David will also be our producer for Musical Moments 2007; Jovita
                             Leung (Bararina in The Marriage of Figaro, Maria in West Side Story), Marsha Yuan (Maria in
                             Sound of Music, Anne). We are very happy to collaborate again with the Hong Kong Medical
                             Association Orchestra, conducted by Woo Zung-Hin and the Songsingers’ Choir. Our VIP Guest
                             singers are Linda Wong and David Fang.


                             This concert will bring the magical Musical Moments of Broadway and West End and will
                             appeal to the sophisticated audience of the stage and the theatre.


                             Musical Moments is produced by New Icon Ltd
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                             Ladies and Gentlemen, enjoy the show!

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                       JOANNA AMPIL
           Biography




                        J  oanna comes from Manila, Philippines. She has been a leading artist in the West End and abroad since she arrived in
                        London in 1992.

                        Stage credits include KIM in Miss Saigon (London, Australian Premiere, Australian ‘MO’ award nomination for best actress,
                        Original UK and Ireland Tour), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (London, Lyceum Theatre), Ponine in Les Miserables
                        (London, Palace Theatre), Fantine in Les Miserables (London, Palace and Queen’s Theatres), Shiela Franklin in Hair (London,
                        Gate Theatre) The Ingenue - June in Musical of Musicals (London, Sound Theatre), Mimi in The European Tour of Rent, Heidi
                        in Ising (London, Union Theatre).

                        Special concerts include Eliza Doolittle in The Tribute to My Fair Lady & Miss Saigon’s 2282nd Performance (London, Theatre
                        Royal Drury Lane), KIM in Miss Saigon’s 10th Anniversary performance (London), Showtime at the Stadium (Cardiff, Millenium
                        Stadium), Eponine in Les Miserables in Concert (Belfast, Odyssey Arena), Stars of the Musicals (Kuala Lumpur, Stadium Putra),
                        Night of a 100 Stars (London, Palladium Theatre), An Evening with Jason Robert Brown (London, New Players Theatre), the
                        World Premiere Concert of Boublil & Schonberg’s One Day More (Birmingham, Symphony Hall), Fantine in Les Miserables,
                        A Special Concert for Her Majesty The Queen and French President Jacques Chirac (Windsor Castle) and several concerts
                        worldwide.

                        TV appearances include Televizierring Gala in Holland, The 700 Club for CBS America, BBC documentary The Quest with
                        United Colours of Sound, Mummy Autopsy for Discovery Channel, Showtime at the Stadium, 100 Greatest Musicals, A Day
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                        in the Life of Windsor Castle for BBC, Broken News for BBC and several guest appearances globally.

                        Having been featured in other recordings of international artistes, her own recordings include KIM in The Complete International
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                        Symphonic Recording of Miss Saigon Mary Magdalene in the 1996 London recording of Jesus Christ Superstar, Stars of the
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                        Musicals and her first single Reach for the Stars in benefit of Sun and Moon Home for Children available at Dress Circle store,
                        Covent Garden, London. She also recorded her 16-track-self-titled album under JAY records.

                        For more information, visit www.joampil.com or www.myspace.com/joannaampil
                       HOWARD MCCRARY
           Biography




                       M          ulti-talented Howard McCrary has built a solid reputation as an award-winning singer, performer, songwriter, producer and actor.

                       Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Howard became a part of the family group known as The McCrarys who recorded the gospel albums Sunshine
                       Day and Just For You. The group toured in the US and Canada with The Jacksons, Gladys Knight, and The O’Jays. Howard’s voice featured on
                       best-selling albums by the California Raisins; as a background vocalist on Quincy Jones’ best-selling Back On The Block; he sang on records
                       by James Ingram, Curtis Stigers and Andrae Crouch. He arranged songs for BeBe & CeCe Winans’ 1991 Different Lifestyles album, as well as
                       arranging vocal parts for the song “Keep the Faith” on Michael Jackson’s 1992 multi-platinum set Dangerous.

                       Howard’s writing achievements are numerous. He co-wrote the song “In Time” for Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1980 gold double album, Faces. In
                       1987, he was given ASCAP’s Duke Ellington award for most promising writer in gospel music and was commissioned to write a special piece,
                       “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” for the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. He wrote songs for the highly successful play Don’t Get God Started
                       (starring The Winans and Vanessa Bell Armstrong); co-wrote and co-produced two tracks on Chaka Khan’s 1998 Come 2 To My House album
                       and has done session work with Earth Wind & Fire, Bette Midler, Nina Simone, Diana Ross and Huey Lewis & The News. He wrote the music
                       and performed in the musical Shared Testament.

                       Howard’s talents also extend to producing and directing. He was hired as musical director for the ministry of evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye
                       Baker and co-produced the album, So Good. He was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Gospel Performance, Male”. Howard has worked with
                       Larnelle Harris (on the Dove Award-winning album Give Me More Love In My Heart), Edwin Hawkins, Walter Hawkins and Andrae Crouch.
                       He worked with the legendary Chaka Khan in 1993 as keyboardist and musical director, and appeared with her in the popular musical, Mama,
                       I Want To Sing. He also participated with Chaka on producer Jermaine Dupri’s 1998 set, 12 Soulful Nights Christmas.

                       He worked with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer on the film The Power Of One, lending his voice to characters in that movie, in Mighty
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                       Joe Young and in other animated cartoons: Hercules, Cats Don’t Dance and Once Upon A Forest. Howard’s studio activities have included
                       production work with Jennifer Love Hewitt, soul diva Sandra St. Victor, gospel great Helen Baylor and R&B group Changing Faces.
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                       Howard has appeared on various TV shows: Amen, the Jamie Fox Show, Good News, Family Matters, In Living Color, Dear John, General
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                       Hospital, The Tracey Ullman Show, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, as well as in the Tom Hanks hit Lady Killers and Skeleton Key
                       with Kate Hudson. As a Hong Kong film debut he performed on the soundtrack of the Chinese movie Confessions of Pain.

                       For three years Howard has worked as a vocal stylist with the legendary Seth Riggs, and has spent over a year in Hong Kong performing in
                       various clubs and concerts.
                       DAVID QUAH
           Biography
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                       W           inner of the coveted Marianne Mathy Australian Singing Competition, David made his professional debut singing Don
                       Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Queensland. He came back to Hong Kong in 2000 to teach singing and coaching at the
                                                                                                                                                                                Concert Preparation
                       Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He regularly performs in South East Asia and is very active on the local music scenes.

                       Following the success of Musical Moments last year, David took on the challenge of performing the lead role of Jimmy in The Briefcase,
                       a new musical composed locally by Chan Muk, in Cantonese. Then he sang the role of Le Remendado in Opera Hong Kong’s production
                       of Carmen in May; Goro in Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s Madame Butterfly under the baton of Maestro Edo de Waart and Don
                       Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, again with Opera Hong Kong in September.

                       David has premiered in many roles both locally and overseas. In Hong Kong, he was Pei Yu in Law Wing Fai’s Dreaming Plum Blossoms
                       Away, commissioned by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for the Millennium Festival; Liu in So Ting-cheong’s The
                       Shopkeeper’s Daughter; Li Yu in Guo Wenjing’s Night Banquet and Chibi and King of Chu in Brian Chatpo Koo’s The Tomb of Three
                       Kings for various Hong Kong Arts Festivals. In Singapore, he sang 3 different roles in Stefania de Kenessey’s children opera, The
                       Other Wise Man with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He was also Aspern in Dominick Argento’s The Aspern Paper for its British
                       premiere, and Satyavan in Holst’s Savitri for its Australian premiere.

                       Other performances included Junger Diener in Elektra with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Sam Kaplan in Kurt Weill’s Street
                       Scenes, Prince Karl Franz in The Student Prince, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Alfredo in La Traviata and Le Remendado in Carmen with
                       the Singapore Lyric Opera; Camille de Rosillon in Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Goro in Madama Butterfly and
                       Spoletta in Tosca for Lo King Man’s Hong Kong productions; Pang in Turandot with Opera Hong Kong; Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte with
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                       Garden Opera, London; Ecclitico in Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna at Royaumont, France and Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at
                       Clonter Opera, Cheshire.
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                       David has also appeared on concert platforms in various countries, from Australia to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
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                       France, Great Britain and the USA. He has sung the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle,                     Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
                       the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Bruckner; a number of masses by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,
                       Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Janácek’s Otcenaš (Our Father) and Bizet’s Te Deum. He
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                       has given many recitals with repertoire ranging from Baroque music to Contemporary Works, Chinese folk songs and Broadway musical
                                                                                                                                                                    Tel: 3188 5346    Fax: 3188 5364       Email: davidquah@gmail.com
                       numbers. David is a founding member on Musical Moments and this year he takes on the additional role of being the producer.
           Concert Program        Song                            Show                       Composer
                                  This is the Moment              Jekyll and Hyde            Frank Wildhom

                             1    CELEBRATION & DECOARATION
                                  Do you Hear the People Sing     Les Miserables             Claude Michel Schoenberg

                             2    INSPIRATION                                                                                                         Starring:
                                  I Dreamed A Dream               Les Miserables             Claude Michel Schoenberg                            Joanna Ampil
                                  Stars                           Les Miserables             Claude Michel Schoenberg
                                                                                                                                       Currently appearing in
                             3    LOVE & PASSION
                                                                                                                                    Les Miserables as Fantine
                                  And This is My Beloved          Kismet                     Wright & Forrest
                                                                                                                                         in Westend, London
                                  If I Loved You                  Carousel                   Rodgers & Hammestein

                                  A Heart Full Of Love            Les Miserables             Claude Michel Schoenberg

                                  The Sound of Music              The Sound of Music         Rodgers & Hammestein       With Top International Stars:
                                  Tonight                         West Side Story            Leonard Bernstein
                                  (Perform on 22nd Oct 07 only)

                                  Porgy and Bess Medley           Porgy and Bess             Gershwin
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Woo Zun Hin
                             4    SADNESS                                                                                                                                                               Conductor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hong Kong Medicial Association Orchestra

                                  Listen                          Dreamgirls                 Krieger

                                  I Know Him So Well              Chess                      Andersson

                                  Memory                          Cats                       Andrew Lloyd Webber

                                  I Am Changing                   Dreamgirls                 Krieger
                                                                                                                                                                                Jovita Leung
                             5    NOSTALGIA                                                                                       Li- Tong Hsu
                                  40’s and 50’s Medley                                       I. Berlin, Gershwin,
                                                                                             Cole Porter                                                 Howard McCrary
                                                                                                                                                         Musical Director

                                  INTERMISSION
                             6    INSPIRATION                                                                                                                                                                          Marsha Yuan
                                  Circle of Life                  Lion King                  Elton John

                                  Can You Feel The Love Tonight   Lion King                  Elton John

                                  Love Changes Everything         Aspects of Love            Andrew Lloyd Webber

                             7    SACRIFICE
                                                                                                                           Brian Montgomery
                                  I’d Give My Life For You        Miss Saigon                Claude Michel Schoenberg                                                         Robert Vicencio
                                                                                                                                                                              Director
                                  Bui Doi                         Miss Saigon                Claude Michel Schoenberg
                                                                                                                                                    David Quah
                                  Miss Saigon Duet                Miss Saigon                Claude Michel Schoenberg                               Producer

                                                                                                                        Special Guests for Gala   22nd
                             8    FUN & LAUGHTER                                                                                                                                                  Songsingers Choir
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Conductor : Irene Cheng
                                  No Matter What                  Whistle Down The Wind      Andrew Lloyd Webber

                                  Drinking Song                   The Student Prince         Romberg

                                  Anything You Can Do             Annie Get Your Gun         I Berlin

                             9    SUSPENSE & MYSTERY
                                  The Phantom of the Opera        The Phantom of the Opera   Andrew Lloyd Webber

                                  Could We Start Again Please     Jesus Christ Superstar     Andrew Lloyd Webber
                                                                                                                            Mrs. Linda Wong
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                                  Hosanna                         Jesus Christ Superstar     Andrew Lloyd Webber                                    Dr. David Fang
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                                  And I Am Telling You            Dreamgirls                 Krieger

                             11   CELEBRATION & DECLARATION                                                                                                                 Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra

                                  I Sing The Body Electric        Fame                       Michael Gore
                       ROBERT VICENCIO
           Biography




                       O              ne of the leading roles in the smash hit musical Miss Saigon, Robert Vicencio reprised the role of ‘General Thuy’, playing it in
                       10 cities all over the world including, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Scotland, Ireland, London’s West End and throughout the UK.

                       In 1999, Robert’s composition A Christmas Song was one of the winners at the West End Cares Song Competition, later being released
                       as part of an album compilation in London. Having talents for both stage and screen, Robert made his first appearance on film with the
                       Hollywood re-make production of the award winning Jesus Christ Superstar as one of the 12 Apostles. Immediately after, he landed his
                       second picture and supporting role in the Hollywood / Spanish sci-fi co-production, Arachnid.

                       Using his great experience onstage and backstage, Robert Vicencio produced and directed in 2000, All You Need Is?, the first and
                       only commemorative concert dedicated to the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, bringing together the star’s original band, The
                       Quarrymen, at the prestigious Palace Theatre in London’s West End and earning him an exclusive interview on BBC World News.

                       Robert has since then, produced and directed many cabarets, short films and video productions across the UK, Australia and Asia. With
                       his co-writer in London, Thomas Schönberg, Robert was commissioned by the Singaporean Government to write Singapore’s Sports
                       National Anthem and has also just recently released once again with his co-writer, a Charity Single CD in London called Reach For The
                       Stars benefiting the abandoned children in the Philippines.

                       Robert was the China Casting Director & 3rd Assistant Director for National Geographic’s documentary on Admiral Zheng He filmed in
                       Heng Dien, China. He then returned in late 2006 to film his 3rd Hollywood movie, Marco Polo to be released sometime in 2007. Last year
                       Robert co-produced, co-directed and stared in a successful run of Musical Moments in Hong Kong and reprised his roles in his very own
                       show in Shanghai entitled Robert Vicencio & Friends - Bringing the West End to Shanghai which was performed to a sold out house.

                       More recently, in collaboration with the leading International Dance Academy in Shanghai, Jazz du Funk, Robert successfully put together
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                       Shanghai’s first Musical Theatre Workshop called Sharing the West End with Shanghai, opening to both the local Chinese and Expat
                       communities in the region.
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                       Expanding his talents to new industries, close to the end of 2006, Robert was requested to be the Creative Director of Shanghai’s biggest
                       Fashion Show of the year for Absolut Label, presenting 8 international designers in one show.
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                       As one of the Founders and CEO, Robert is currently working on a new and exciting start-up online company based in Shanghai called
                       AskBenny.Cn, which teaches the Mandarin Language online and offline in an exciting, natural and interactive learning environment.

                       Robert is pleased to reprise his role in Musical Moments and is honoured to be this year’s appointed Director.
                       BRIAN MONTGOMERY
           Biography
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                                                                                                                                                        Successful performance




                        B        rian Montgomery has performed to critical acclaim with important opera companies throughout the world, including:
                        The Metropolitan Opera (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Posa in Don Carlo), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Posa in Don Carlo,
                        Germont in La Traviata, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette, Marcello and Schaunard in La Boheme, and
                        Malatesta in Don Pasquale), Arena di Verona (Iago in Otello); Bavarian State Opera (Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello
                        in La Boheme, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Ottokar in Der Freischutz, and Leander in The Love for Three Oranges), Hamburg State
                        Opera and Stuttgart Opera (Marcello in La Boheme), Hungarian State Opera (di Luna in Il Trovatore); Basel Opera (Iago in
                        Otello, Sharpless, Malatesta, and Junius in The Rape of Lucretia).

                        Brian has an impressive record in the US, performing in the Atlanta Opera (title role of Verdi’s Macbeth); Dallas Opera (de
                        Bretigny in Massenet’s Manon); Manitoba Opera (Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera); Palm Beach Opera (Enrico and Germont);
                        Tulsa Opera (Zurga in Les Pecheurs des Perles); Opera Omaha (Sharpless); Utah Festival Opera (Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del
                        West); Arizona Opera (Renato); New Orleans Opera (Sharpless); Madison Opera (the four villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman
                        and the title role in Rigoletto). He created the role of Sloan in the world premiere of Dreamkeepers by David Carlson for the
                        Utah Festival Opera.

                        New to Hong Kong, Brian already has a busy performing schedule, appearing frequently with the Hong Kong Philharmonic
                        Orchestra, Opera Hong Kong, and the SAR Orchestra, among others.
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                        Brian recently performed in Der Rosen Kavalier and Aida and is very happy to cross over to musical.

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                       JOVITA LEUNG
           Biography


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                        B      orn in Hong Kong, Jovita Leung began her training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, studying with Dr
                        Margreta Elkins and obtained an Advanced Diploma in Vocal Performance. Then she continued her studies at the Queensland
                        Conservatorium of Music, Australia, studying with Janet Delpratt and obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree under the
                        exchange scholarships.

                        After leaving Australia, Jovita won The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Scholarships which enabled her to
                        further her studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She studied with Joy Mammen and obtained her Postgraduate Performance
                        Diploma and Vocal Teaching Diploma, LRAM.

                        Coming back to Hong Kong in 1998, Jovita started teaching at the HKAPA and The Hong Kong Institute of Education. She
                        is very active in the local music scenes, and has performed in many productions including the principal role “Aigu” from The
                        Divorce by Lam Shun, the Hong Kong Arts Festival production of the contemporary Chinese opera Night Banquet, the role of
                        “Ida” in Die Fledermaus at the Shatin Town Hall and “Frasquita” in Carmen at the HK Cultural Centre Grand Theatre presented
                        by the Provisional Urban Council. She has sung the soprano solo in Mozart’s Requiem with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and
                        premiered the role of Zhao Rong in a new chamber opera Dreaming Plum Blossoms Away composed by Law Wing Fai. She
                        was the featured soprano solo in the RJJ Voices on the Edge Concert during the Hong Kong Arts Festival. She was invited to
                        perform for President Jiang Zemin during his visit to Hong Kong for the 5th Anniversary of Reunification.
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                        Last October, Jovita was one of the six soloists in Musical Moments, a very successful concert series featuring songs from
          26            Broadway and West End Musicals. She has performed the roles of Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, one of the Six Girls in
                        Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny, Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, an angel in the staged version of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Maria in West
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                        Side Story and Ann Chovie in Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, a joint production of the Southbank Corporation and QCM. Jovita
                        premiered the role of Little Green in a new opera Red Azalea by American composer William Craft at the ENO Contemporary
                        Opera Workshop, London. On concert platform, Jovita has also sung the solos in Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation
                        Mass and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Jovita is a regular member of Musical Moments.
                       LI-TONG HSU
           Biography




                        B       orn and raised in the Netherlands, Li-Tong holds a BA in the fields of Musical Theatre, Voice, Acting and Dance
                        at the Conservatory of Rotterdam appearing in several Dutch productions as the lead vocalist, including Cats, Joseph
                        and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Rocky Horror Show, Closer Than Ever & Fame.

                        Li-Tong’s vocal talents were best realized at the Chinese National Singing Contest, where she won 1st Prize for three
                        consecutive years. Li-Tong also claims fame to the title “Most Promising Chinese Talent of Europe” in the European
                        Chinese Singing Contest 2000.

                        Making her debut in the West End as one of the original cast in the 1st UK tour of The KING & I, she has also appeared
                        as an international guest star in last years production of “Bringing the West End to Shanghai”. She was also one of the
                        lead singers in both productions of “Musical Moments”, performing with West End stars and local celebrities in Hong
                        Kong.

                        Honing in on her formal training and experience, Li-Tong was invited as a guest vocal coach and shared her expertise
                        in Shanghai’s first Musical Theatre Workshop collaborating with Jazz du Funk, Shanghai’s 1st and leading international
                        dance academy.
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                        Li-Tong also debuted at her own promotional showcase called “The Unveiling of Li-Tong” and played in the feature
                        film “Milk & Fashion”. She has just finished filming “White Crane Chronicles” starring David Carradine and is currently
          28            hosting a new TV programme, shooting all over Asia.
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                        Li-Tong is thrilled to reprise her role in this year’s production of Musical Moments!
                       MARSHA YUAN
           Biography




                       M             arsha Yuan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She was professionally trained in singing, dancing, and acting at the
                       American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She started her career in Hong Kong after earning the title of Miss Hong Kong
                       First Runner Up in 1999. She continued by representing Hong Kong and China in the Miss World pageant 1999.

                       Her first television appearance was in the hit TVB sitcom, The War of the Genders. She was also in various other television broadcasts and
                       shows such as: Love Event, Love Dream Boat, Morning Star Travel, Wing On Travel, Jacky Cheung MTV, Vicky Lee MTV, Yang’s Heroine,
                       Children of the Universe, and RTHK’s Medical Detectives.

                       Marsha has also participated in many theatre productions such as The War of the Genders, The Sound of Music (as Maria), Fertility Goddess,
                       Hong Kong Nocturne, Annie (as Grace), the original Musical Moments, Ninja Turtles in Tollywood, The Briefcase, and an international
                       production of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Gala in Estonia.

                       Marsha has a passion for performance and a love for singing. She recently released a mandarin/jazz album which contained original songs
                       written by many closer friends and one song that she wrote herself.

                       More recently, she performed in her own cabaret show, Marsha Yuan Yeung Cabaret, which combined classic Chinese songs with show
                       tunes in a jazzy style.

                       She starred as lead roles in various movies including, Sex and Love, The Snake Charmer, Men Suddenly in Black, Long Hu Ying Xiong and
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                       guest starred an Italian production called The Counting House. She has also been in action fighting movies such as, Undiscovered Tomb,
                       Around the World in 80 Days, Xhiao Nien Chen Zhen and most recently in Men Suddenly in Black 2.
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                       Marsha’s love and passion for performance brought her to Shanghai to compete in this year’s “My Show” singing competition. After earning
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                       the title of one of the top 10 finalists, she was chosen to participate in the Troika/Nederlander touring production of 42nd St.

                       This is the third successive year that Marsha is participating in Musical Moments. She is extremely thankful for being a part of the first
                       Musical Moments in 2005 and hopes that this year’s show will carry on the tradition by introducing musical theatre to all of Hong Kong.
                       WOO ZUN HIN




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HKMA Orchestra
           Biography




                                                                                                                                        Established since 1989 by a group of amateur musicians in the Hong Kong Medical Association, the HKMA
                                                                                                                                        Orchestra has matured into a full orchestra with over a hundred members producing a full season program
                                                                                                                                        with at least three open concerts a year.

                                                                                                                                        Music brings people together. We work to unite the medical profession and to reconnect professionals to the
                                                                                                                                        grassroots of the society.

                                                                                                                                        Good music, played by caring members of the community, can bring comfort and hope to the most desolate
                                                                                                                                        at critical moments. By volunteering our time and effort, we hope we can add another dimension to healing.




                                                                                                                                        First Violins                           Cellos                                 Horns
                                                                                                                                        Wong, Yu Cheung#                        Lo, Stephanie*                         Chan, Eric
                                                                                                                                        Fan, Alex                               Asley Jodan                            Chow, Johnny
                                                                                                                                        Kuok,Kevin                              Ho, Tong Wai                           Yuen, Ken
                                                                                                                                        Lai, Sandy                              Ng, Anthony



                        W
                                                                                                                                        Lam, Foley                              Yip, Eric
                                                                                                                                        Lam, Yolanda                                                                   Trumpets
                                                                                                                                        Ng, Daniel                                                                     Lai, Timpthy
                                     oo is starting his 6th year as Music Director of the Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra. He
                                                                                                                                        Yiu, David                              Double Basses                          Ho, Jim Ming
                        received his B.M. in violin performance studying under Professor Michael Ma at he University of Oklahoma.
                                                                                                                                                                                Wong, Dennis*                          Ng, Calvin
                        Afterwards he later went to pursue a Master degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Missouri-
                                                                                                                                        Second Violins                          Chan, Olive
                        Columbia under the guidance of Edward Dolbashian. During this time, he co-founded the MU Chamber Soloist,
                                                                                                                                        Tang, Pauiline*                                                                Trombones
                        served as the assistance conductor of the Columbia Civic Orchestra for three years and conducted operas and     Chan, Andrew                                                                   Chan, Ka Ho
                        musicals in the region. He also participated at the conducting workshop in the Pierre Monteux School for        Cher, Jenny                             Flute                                  Moamina Ismail
                        Conductors for two summers in Maine. Woo has been a violinist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for 6 years.       Ho, Christine,                          Kuong, Evelyn                          Tsang, Anton
                        He conducts at various schools in the territory and also teaches conducting.                                    Law, Pui Ha                             Yeung, Yat Wah
                                                                                                                                        Lee, Johnny
                                                                                                                                        Poon, Theresa                                                                  Tuba
                        In July 2003, he recorded the soundtrack for the movie Heroic Duo with the Shenzhen Symphony. His                                                       Oboe                                   Cheung, Ying Hung
                                                                                                                                        Tseng, Sylvia                           So, Anthony
                        performances with the Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra have been broadcast live on TV and RTHK.
                                                                                                                                                                                Wong, Rachel
                        With a wide range of experience from Baroque to contemporary and pop music, Woo has also collaboratedwith       Violas                                                                         Timpani
                        the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and Songsingers Choir and Danse a Lili Ballet Academie.                         Hui, Shirley*                           Clarinets                              Tang, Alex
                                                                                                                                        Cham, Esther                            Chan, Natalie
                        Musical Moments this year is very fortunate to have Master Woo and the HKMA back to repeat their outstanding    Chan, Gary Pak Hang                     Fong, Richard To                       Percussion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Chan, Penny
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                        performance at the Concert Hall. Musical Moments this year is very fortunate to have Master Woo and the         Miranda
                        HKMA back to repeat their outstanding performance at the Concert Hall.                                          Lam, Tim Wai                            Bassoons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       # : Concertmaster (團長)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                       * : Principal (首席)
                                                                                                                                                                                Lau, Sidney Yim Hon                    Other members are
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                       arranged in alphabetical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       order of last name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (其他團員以姓氏字母順序排列)
           Biography   Roland Salcedo - keyboard 1                                              Nelson Liu – Guitar
                       Roland Salcedo was born in Manila, Philippines and was given his         Nelson is a popular and versatile guitarist in pop, rock and folk. He
                                                                                                performed in numerous pop concerts, musical productions, corporate
                       first piano lesson by his father. After developing a passion for jazz,
                                                                                                functions and TV programs as session guitarist. Nelson had worked
                       he attended a Jazz Clinic in 1982 and continued his studies at the
                                                                                                with many local pop artists such as Stella Tse, Sunny Wong, Albert Au,
                       University of the Philippines School of Music.
                                                                                                Teresa Cheung, and the list go on. Besides pop concerts, Nelson also
                                                                                                involves in a number of local originated musicals such as “The Great
                       Having resided in Hong Kong for the last twenty years, Roland has
                                                                                                Bible Chase” series and “The Briefcase” composed by Chan Muk of
                       played jazz music in hotels, jazz clubs, recordings and live show
                                                                                                Love Music Workshop. Nelson, accompanying Tony Vincent, provided
                       performances. In the early 1990s he was introduced to one of the
                                                                                                the guitar solo for the rock Symphony, Bohemian Rhapsody of Queen
                       greatest jazz singers of all time, Natalie Cole, who asked him to play
                                                                                                Music in the 2005 and 2006 Musical Moments. It is wonderful to be
                       on her upcoming album. He has collaborated with internationally
                                                                                                part of Musical Moment 2007.
                       renowned musicians in Hong Kong, including jazz guitarist Eugene
                       Pao, Tony Carpio, Ritchie Cole, and Ted Lo. Roland enjoys playing the
                       music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, H. Carmichael, Miles Davis,
                       Bill Evans, Duke Ellington and others.                                   Dulip Charith Wijesinha “DC” - Drums, Percussion & Vocals
                                                                                                Dulip Charith Wijesinha aka “DC”, has over 20 years experience as a
                                                                                                live performer, sessionist and recording artiste in the professional music
                                                                                                industry. He has formal training in drumming since the age of 9 and
                       Lau Yin Chiu– Keyboard 2
                                                                                                has been a well-known musician and composer.
                       Fondly known as “ Ah Chiu”, began his music career as a session
                       keyboardist at the Stella Tse Concert. At that time he was only a
                                                                                                Since coming to Hong Kong in 1980, DC has performed with both top
                       secondary 5 student. From there he went on to become a regular
                                                                                                local acts and internationally acclaimed artists such as Tiger Okoshi,
                       keyboardist at many events including the 5th Anniversary Celebration
                                                                                                Georgie Fame, Eugene Pao, Glen Sharrock, Dave Cadd (Little River
                       of HKSAR, HK Youth Arts Festival, productions with the Hong Kong
                                                                                                band), Ronda Ross(Diana Ross’s daughter), James Armstrong (Blues
                       Dance Company, and the list goes on. He is actively involved in
                                                                                                Artist), The Platters, Jacintha from Singapore, Mary Wilson(Supreems),
                       local musical productions with a number of parties including the
                                                                                                Damon Brown, Dame Edna, Rita di Ghent(Canadian Jazz Artist),
                       Songsingers Choir, as keyboardist, bassist, band leader and arranger.
                                                                                                Debora Coleman (Blues) Claude Garden (Harmonica). In addition, he
                       Lau had performed in Musical Moments production in 2005, 2006
                                                                                                has also done opening acts for a number of other artists such as The
                       and now 2007.
                                                                                                Pointer Sisters, Helen Reddy, Julio Iglesias, Roberta Flack, Patti Austin,
                                                                                                etc. He also played for the musical “Sweet Charity”.


                       Sylvain Gagnon – Double Bass                                             He performs regularly as a sessionist with local singers (Justin ect.);
                                                                                                various types of bands and musicians including Allen Youngblood, the Japanese Jazz Big Band,
                       Considered as one of the best bass players of his generation, Sylvain
                                                                                                The Stray Katz Big Band, Yomama (R&B band), Nogabe reggae band, the Afro-Cuban band, Red
                       Gagnon has extensive international touring and recording experience.
                                                                                                Taurus nouveau flamenco band and Brazilian Jazz band at the JJ’s, and his own band “DC Five”.
                       He is a virtuoso of jazz bass playing and has experience in music from
                                                                                                He regularly features in gigs at the Hong Kong Jazz Club, Fringe Club, Chicago Blues Club, the
                       many continents and styles ranging from rock to standard jazz, from
                                                                                                Macau Jazz Club and have toured with jazz bands in the region.
                       Carnatic (classical music from South India) to African music, from
                       funk to Latin music, from solo to big band.
                                                                                                “DC” is a well-respected musician in his own right and ranks highly amongst his peers as a
                                                                                                leading drummer and percussionist. In addition to his sophisticated rhythmic sense, he is also
                       Sylvain has recorded over 40 albums with musicians such as Joey
                                                                                                an accomplished vocalist, having fronted many live gigs and major shows in Hong Kong and
                       Calderazzo, Jeff “Tain” Watts, James Gelfand, Jean-Pierre Zanella,
                                                                                                abroad.
                       Daniel Lavoie, Magella Cormier, Helmut Lipsky, played on over 70
                       jingles, 10 movie soundtracks, toured with his own band and many
                                                                                                Besides performing and recording, “DC” also provides lessons and tuition to aspiring young
                       internationally acclaimed musicians. He also appeared in many
                                                                                                musicians at the German-Swiss International School, master classes in jazz drumming at the
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                       movies, tele-series and talk shows as a musician.
                                                                                                Academy for Performing Arts, Tom Lee, and privately.
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                       In Hong Kong, he recorded and performed with numerous well
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                       known artists such as Jackie Cheung, Olivia Newton-John, William So,
                       Priscilla Chan, Roman Tam, Choi Kom, Tiger Okoshi, Scott Hamilton,
                       DD Jackson, Eugene Pao, and many more.
                       IRENE CHENG




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Songsingers Choir
           Biography




                                                                                                                                         One of the most exciting singing groups to have emerged from the music scene in recent years,

                                                                                                                                         SONGSINGERS have delighted audiences in concert halls throughout Hong Kong with vibrant

                                                                                                                                         combination of good singing and energetic stage presentation. Every year besides performing in their

                                                                                                                                         own musical shows, SONGSINGERS are also a regular feature in major concert productions. In 2005,

                                                                                                                                         they were featured in more than 50 mega concerts in Hong Kong performing to more than 250,000




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                                                                                                                                         people in total. SONGSINGERS is very excited to be performing with the international cast of Musical

                                                                                                                                         Moments and this is also their first English Musical Concert that they participated in.
                                   ne of the most versatile conductors to emerge from the Hong Kong music scene in recent years, Irene
                        Cheng has impressed audiences in Hong Kong, China, Southeast Asia and North America with her exciting blend
                        of “cross-over” conducting, combining the rigours of classical tradition with the rhythmic and improvisational
                        demands of contemporary music.                                                                                   Songsingers Choir

                        After her graduation from the Chinese University where she studied vocals and conducting, Irene has been         Soprano                       Alto                         Tenor                          Bass
                        actively involved in a great variety of music productions including mega-shows Luo Dai Yu in Concert 2003        Abby So                       Carmen Cheng                 Aurthur Choi                   Charlie Chan
                        (Hung Hom Stadium), Freedom Festival 2004 (Victoria Park) and Paula Tsui in Concert 2005 (Hung Hom               Angeline Yam                  Emily Chan                   Frankie Chung                  Edmond Cheung
                        Stadium) in various capacities as producer, performer and conductor.                                             Annette Woo                   Lavinia Choi                 Frankie Lam                    Eric Sze
                                                                                                                                         Iris Cheng                    Quennie Tam                  Kevin Wong                     Jove Chan
                        In recent years she has also made her mark in musical theatre music by composing and producing two original      Jasmine Chan                  Rosita Ngai                  Steven Leung                   Stephen Ng
                        musicals in Cantonese – Tollywood and The Briefcase both held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium.                    Lee Yuk Ching                 Ruby Yeung                   Tsang Chi Tat                  Sammo Li
                                                                                                                                         Louisa Cheng
                        Irene will again conduct very talented and energetic Songsingers Choir at the Musical Moments concert.           Natalie Wong
                                                                                                                                         Phoebe Lau
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                       ALBERT LIM &
           Biography
                       ALEX TAM
                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                  A        lbert is a talented singer with extensive experience
                                                                                  in opera performances. He attained a Postgraduate Diploma
                                                                                  in Performance and Postgraduate Certificate in Performance
                                                                                  with Distinction at the Royal College of Music, after
                                                                                  completing a Bachelor’s Degree of Music (Honours) at the
                                                                                  Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

                                                                                  Albert has received many invitations as a guest soloist,
                                                                                  including several performances with the Hong Kong Bach
                                                                                  Choir; the Hong Kong Oratorio Society; the Hong Kong
                                                                                  Philharmonic and other concerts.

                                                                                  Passionate about opera, Albert has performed numerous
                                                                                  roles including Dancairo in Carmen; Barone in La Traviata;
                                                                                  Gugliemo in Le Villi; Ben in The Telephone; Marcello in the




                                                                                                                                                  Great Success !
                                                                                  excerpts of La Boheme; Zurga in the excerpts of Les Pechers
                                                                                  De Perles; Figaro in the excerpts of Le Nozze Di Figaro.




                       B      orn in Hong Kong. Alex Tam Tin-lok completed his
                       Bachelor of Music Degree at the Hong Kong Academy for
                                                                                                                                                         to
                       Performing Arts, and a postgraduate opera course at the
                       Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London.

                        Alex has taken leading roles in many concerts, operas, and
                       other productions in Hong Kong as well as the HKAPA. He


                                                                                                                                                          
                       performed his first major role at the age of 19 as Rinuccio
                       in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. This success was followed by
                       his performance of other lead characters such as: Almaviva
                       in The Barber of Seville, Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte, Goro
                       in Madama Butterfly, Messenger in Aida, and many more.
                       Alex has appeared as a soloist in a number of oratorios,
                       masses, and concerts, including Le French May 2000 as a
                       duo with the outstanding French soprano Elisabeth Videl.
                       From 1997-1999, Alex was invited to give performances
                       at Hong Kong Government House. In June 2001, he
                       performed with the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti in Hong
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                       Kong. Alex is also very active in the pop musical field and
                       frequently appears as a jazz guitarist with his own band. In
          38           June 2001, Alex performed with the Italian tenor Luciano
                       Pavarotti in Hong Kong.
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                                                 DAVID FANG
           Messages from Special Guest Singers
                                                                                                               Many thanks to all at Lifeline Express who are doing such a sterling job.

                                                          "Musical Moments has become an
                                                                                                                  Special congratulations to our dear friends, Dr. David Fang and
                                                          annual icon which is both entertaining
                                                          and meaningful. As a member of the
                                                                                                                   Mrs. Linda Wong, for their special performance and they would
                                                          medical profession, I can truly say that
                                                          we greatly enjoy working with young
                                                                                                                    not only grace us with their well-known singing skills but also
                                                          and talented singers in this memorable
                                                          fund-raising gala. The organizing
                                                                                                                                undoubtedly provide a box office draw!
                                                          committee must be thoroughly
                                                          congratulated on their achievement. "

                                                                                                                                This donation is for all those who care!


                                                                                                                                HKU Class of 1971 Friends for Life



                                                 LINDA WONG                                                              Congratulation to Mrs. Linda Wong
                                                                                                                          on the Successful Performance in
                                                                                                                                 Musical Moments
                                                           "As a singing enthusiast, always the last to
                                                           leave from karaoke parties and selecting
                                                           the longest possible songs to sing, I am
                                                           overwhelmed with joy to have the opportunity
                                                           to sing on this occasion at the Hong Kong
                                                           Cultural Centre Concert Hall. I realise that
                                                           this is the ultimate challenge to sing amongst
                                                           performers of such high calibre! Yet, I am
                                                           willing to attempt it for Lifeline Express. Their
                                                           mission to restore sight for the underprivileged
                                                           is commendable.

                                                           May I thank my friends and family who have
                                                           contributed so enthusiastically and generously
                                                           to this great cause. I do hope their charitable
                                                           gestures will extend to my amateurish singing
                                                           as well!"

                                                                                                                             With Compliments of
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                                                                                                                              Mrs. Mona Wong
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           Technical teams
                             Production Team                                       Photographer
                                                                                                                                                        Great Success to
                                                                                                                                                        Musical Moments
                             Producer - David Quah                                 Official Photographer - Jacky Chan

                             Musical Director - Howard McCrary
                                                                                   Production
                             Music Arrangement - David Quah
                                                                                   Executive Producer - Stanley Shen
                                                   - Howard McCrary
                                                                                   Project Manager      - Agatha Ip
                                                   - Alex Tam

                                                   - Albert Lim
                                                                                   Graphic Deisgn
                             Director              - Robert Vicencio
                                                                                   OOCL                                                                      With Compliments of
                                                                                   Graphic Director - Man Leung
                             Stage Manager /
                                                                                   Graphic Designer - Pinn Chow
                             Deputy Stage Manager        - Joyce Tsang (Lotion)

                             Lighting Designer            - Priman Lee             HKMA Orchestra
                             Assistant Stage Manager      - Pam Kong (Moon cake)   Conductor - Woo Zun Hin
                                                                                   Public relation and membership affairs officer - Lam Ho Yin, Foley

                             Band                                                  Library and Logistics officer - Lee Kin Yan
                                                                                   Secretary - Dr. Ng Wing Keung, Anthony
                             Keyboard 1 - Roland Salcedo
                                                                                   Treasurer - Jane Won
                             Keyboard 2 - Lau Yin Chiu

                             Guitar - Nelson Liu
                                                                                   Songsingers Choir
                             Bass Guitar - Sylvain Gagnon
                                                                                   Conductor - Irene Cheng
                             Drums - Dulip Charith Wijesinha (DC)                  Secretary - Phoebe Lau

                                                                                   Treasurer - Frankie Chung
                             Video Production                                      Web Manager - Eric Sze
                             Salon Films
                                                                                   Web Engineer - Sammo Li
                             Executive Producer - Fred Wang
                                                                                   Web Editor - Erica Lam
                             Director - Dawn Cheng
                                                                                   Graphic Designer - Tony Lai
                             Producer - Chris Chan
                             Cameraman - Stanley Hung                              Physical Instructor - Emily Chan

                                          - Roman Baska                            Costume - Charlie Chan
                             Soundman - Chau Man Fai                               Choir Leader - Eric Sze
                                         - Albert Hung                             Section Leaders
                             Senior Video Editor - Tommy Cheung
                                                                                   Soprano - Phoebe Lau
                             Video Editor - Joanna Chung
                                                                                   Alto - Emily Chan
                                          - Sing Leung
                                                                                   Tenor - Frankie Chung

                             Web Site Design                                       Bass - Stephen Ng

                             Salon Multimedia                                      Make up consultant - May Chu
                             Web Designer - Jeffrey Cheung
                             Multimedia Designer - Irene Au
                             Engineer - Louis Chan
                             IT Engineer - Kenny Kwok
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           Composer’s




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Composer’s
                        Andrew Lloyd Webber
                        Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably the most popular theatre composer of the late 20th Century. Born in 1948 in England, Lloyd Webber first gained success at the age             Wright & Forrest (author)
                        of 19 when he and lyricist Tim Rice were commissioned to write Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. In 1972 the pair produced the phenomenally successful                 (born Brooklyn, New York, July 31, 1915 - died Miami, Florida, 10 October 1999) was an American writer of musical theatre best known for the show Kismet, adapted
                        rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar and then in 1978 made similar waves with Evita.                                                                                                  from the works of Alexander Borodin.


                        For Lloyd Webber’s next musical he decided to turn convention on its head and write music for existing words. These were taken from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of              Born George Forrest Chichester, Jr., he was also known professionally at times as Chet Forrest. Throughout his career he worked exclusively with the writer Robert Wright,
                        practical Cats. Hence the musical’s title, Cats. To date, is the longest-running musical ever to be staged on both Broadway and the West End. In 1984, he married for a second     all their musicals being joint works. Most of their famous works were in fact adaptations of classical music for the musical stage.
                        time, to singer and dancer Sarah Brightman, whom he cast in his next huge success, Phantom Of The Opera, inspired by Gaston Leroux’s novel. Although it played to mixed
                        reviews from New York critics, the audience embraced it and it continues to play in the city to this day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           George & Ira Gershwin
                        Other notable musical theatre works from the pen of Lloyd Webber include, Starlight Express, Aspects Of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Song And Dance, and his most recent                The music of George and Ira Gershwin runs deep in the American consciousness. The opening clarinet glissando from Rhapsody in Blue, the taxi horn theme from An
                        musical show, The Woman In White.                                                                                                                                                  American in Paris and the songs – “I Got Rhythm”, “Embraceable You”, “The Man I Love”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “Fascinating Rhythm”, and many others – are
                                                                                                                                                                                                           instantly recognisable.
                        Some of the more prestigious awards Lloyd Webber’s shows and their adaptations have garnered over the years include an Oscar, seven Tony Awards, six Olivier Awards,
                        three Grammies and a Golden Globe.                                                                                                                                                 Ira Gershwin was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th
                                                                                                                                                                                                           century. With George, he wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows and the opera Porgy and Bess.
                        Musical Moments draws on many of the highlights from a number of Lloyd Webber’s most successful shows. These include “Memory” from Cats in the Sadness section;
                        “No Matter What” from Whistle Down the Wind in the Fun and Laughter section, and in the Inspiration section you will hear the beautiful “Love Changes Everything” from             The success the brothers had with their collaborative works has often overshadowed the creative role that Ira played. However, his mastery of songwriting continued after




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                        Aspects of Love. You will also be delighted by the old favourites “Phantom of the Opera” from Phantom, and “Could We Start Again Please” and “Hosanna”, both taken                 the early death of George; and he wrote further hit songs with composers Jerome Kern (“Long Ago And Far Away)”, Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen.
                        from Jesus Christ Superstar.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Musical Moments features the Porgy & Bess medley as well as the 40’s medley.


                        Claude-Michel Schönberg
                        Claude-Michel Schönberg was born in 1944 to Hungarian parents. He began his career as a singer, writer and producer of pop songs and by the early 70s he had become                Henry Krieger
                        extremely successful in France.                                                                                                                                                    Henry Krieger (born February 9, 1945 in New York City) is an Academy Award-nominated American composer.


                        Schönberg’s introduction to musicals came in 1973, when, inspired by Jesus Christ Superstar, he began work with librettist and lyricist Alain on the French musical, La            Krieger wrote the music for three notable Broadway shows: Dreamgirls (1981, with lyrics and book by Tom Eyen), The Tap Dance Kid (1983), and Side Show (1997), as well
                        Révolution Française. It was to be France’s very first rock opera in which Schönberg also played the role of King Louis XVI in the show’s production that year.                    as other works of musical theatre.


                        Despite his success writing pop songs – 1974’s ‘Le Premier Pas’ proved to be France’s favourite song that year - by 1978 Schönberg had devoted all his energies to the             [2] Dreamgirls’ came to Broadway in 1981 and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards (including Best Score), winning six. One of its songs, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not
                        theatrical musical art form, namely Les Miserables. Reworking Victor Hugo’s epic novel of the same name, Schönberg - again working with Boublil - staged the first                 Going” became a top hit, and others became popular songs. The original cast album won Krieger a Grammy Award. When the film version of Dreamgirls was released in
                        performance in Paris in 1980.                                                                                                                                                      2006, the soundtrack became a number one album, and Krieger’s songs from the soundtrack became hits again. Krieger also has the distinction of being nominated for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Academy Award for Best Original Song three times in one year, when three of his compositions for the film version of Dreamgirls received nominations: “Listen”, “Love You
                        The first staging of Les Miserables took place in Paris in 1980 and proved extremely popular. It was then translated into English for a phenomenally successful London             I Do”, and “Patience”. Musical Moments brings to you the three dynamite hits from Dreamgirls, “I am changing”, “Listen” and “And I am telling you”
                        production in 1985. In 1987 the show opened on Broadway and that same year won a Tony Award for Best Musical.

                        Les Miserables garnered almost every major award imaginable, including two Grammy Awards. It has been seen by more than 51 million people in more than 50 productions              Benny Andersson
                        in 38 countries and is still playing in the West End to sell-out audiences.                                                                                                        The Swedish pop singing group, ABBA, was formed in 1973 by Björn Ulvaeus, married to Agnetha Fältskog, and Benny Andersson, married to Anni-Frid (known as Frida)
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lyngstad. The group’s name derives from their first-name initials. Their major international breakthrough came with the winning song in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest,
                        Continuing with their interest in epic romantic tales, Schönberg and Boublil’s next project proved equally as successful. Miss Saigon set the plot of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly   “Waterloo”, which was followed by hit singles and albums throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. During the 1970s they were the most successful international group since
                        in post-war late 70s Vietnam and was inspired by a black and white photograph that left an indelible mark upon Schönberg and Boublil.                                              the Beatles. Ulvaeus and Andersson wrote their songs, and have written a successful musical, Mamma Mia! (1999), built around many of them, as well as collaborating with
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tim Rice in the musical Chess (1984).
                        Schönberg recalls: “I well remember that afternoon in Paris. I thumbed through a magazine someone had left on the piano and saw a photograph of a little Vietnamese girl
                        about to board a plane to the US at Ho Chi Minh City airport. She was about to join her father, an ex-GI whom she had never met. For me, the tears in the child’s eyes were        Musical Moments has selected “I know him so well”, a duet by Joanna and Marsha from Chess.
                        the final condemnation of all wars which shatter people who love each other. And the silence of the mother, stunned by her grief, was a shout of pain louder than any of
                        the earth’s laments. Beyond the departure gate laid a new life for her daughter and no life at all for her. Was this not the most moving, the most staggering example of ‘The
                        Ultimate Sacrifice’, as undergone by Clo-Clo San in Madame Butterfly, giving her life for her child? That picture was - for Alain and me - the start of everything.”               Sir Elton John
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rock singer and pianist, born in Pinner, NW Greater London, UK. He played the piano by ear from age four, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music at 11. From 1967,
                        The West End production of the show became the longest running show ever to play the historic Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.                                                           he and Bernie Taupin began writing songs such as “Rocket Man” (1972), “Honky Cat” (1972), and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (1973). Their publisher pressed John to
                                                                                                                                                                                                           perform them, for which he obscured his short, plump, myopic physique in a clownish garb that included huge glasses, sequinned and fringed jump suits, and ermine boots.
                        Musical Moments showcases some of Schönberg’s most moving pieces, including “Do You Hear The People Sing”, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Stars” and “A Heart Full of Love”                 A top pop star of the 1970s, he later became chairman (1976-90) and then honorary life president (from 1990) of the Watford Football Club and a stock-market speculator.
                        all from Les Miserables. You will also enjoy the impassioned “I’d Give My Life For You”, “Bui Doi” and “Miss Saigon Duet” from Miss Saigon in the Sacrifice section.               During 1993 he experienced health problems brought about by his stressful lifestyle but recovered and continues to perform concerts across the world. He has produced
                                                                                                                                                                                                           many hit albums and his recording of “Candle in the Wind “, sung at the funeral of Princess Diana, became the largest-selling single in history within a month of its release.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           He also composed the music for the successful West End musical Billy Elliot (2005), winner of four Olivier Awards including best new musical. A further musical, Lestat (co-
                        Leonard Bernstein                                                                                                                                                                  written with Bernie Taupin), opened on Broadway in 2006. He was knighted in 1998.
                        ‘West Side Story’ debuted on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater on September 26th 1957. With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this
                        musical proved to be a turning point for all theatrical musicals to come. No longer did they have to be light and fluffy, they could now tackle darker themes such as social       We selected 2 songs from his Hit Musical “Lion King”, “Circle of life” and “ Can you feel the love tonight”.
                        problems.

                        In large part this audience acceptance of a more gritty, true-to-life, musical was thanks to Bernstein’s incredible talents as a composer. The melodies, the arrangements and      Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951)
                        his style came through in almost everything that he worked on, but especially in the musicals, ‘Candide’ and ‘Westside Story’.                                                     Composer of operettas, born in Nagykanizsa, W Hungary. He trained in Vienna as an engineer, also studying violin and composition. He settled in the USA in 1909, and in
                                                                                                                                                                                                           New York City introduced the use of dance bands in restaurants. Of more than 70 works, his most famous were Blossom Time (1921), The Student Prince (1924), The Desert
                        Bernstein’s accomplishments during his lifetime were considerable and included regularly conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and being the very first American-         Song (1926), and The New Moon (1928). We selected the happy festive “Drinking Song” for you.
                        born composer to achieve international success.

                        Bernstein’s work is represented in ‘Musical Moments’ with rousing ‘Tonight’ taken from ‘West Side Story’ and featured in the ‘Inspiration & Awe’ section.                          Irving Berlin
                                                                                                                                                                                                           A composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin was born in Temun, N Russia. The family fled pogroms and immigrated to the USA when he was a child. Living in New York, he joined
                                                                                                                                                                                                           a synagogue choir and at age 14 sang popular songs on street corners and in cafes. A singing waiter in 1906, he taught himself piano and began writing songs, and wrote
                        Rodgers and Hammerstein                                                                                                                                                            his first complete Broadway score in 1914.
                        The American songwriting partnership of Oscar Hammerstein III and Richard Rodgers was responsible for some of the most popular Broadway musicals of the 50s and 60s.
                        In what is generally considered as the “golden age” of the theatrical musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein produced a string of hits that was second to none and included such           It was the song “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1916) that brought him national popularity. In the army, he composed a musical performed by army personnel for benefits:
                        well-known shows as Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King & I and The Sound Of Music. The collaboration lasted two decades until Hammerstein’s death in 1960.               Yip, Yip, Yaphank (1918) that included “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning.” Throughout the next four decades, he wrote successful stage and film musicals which
                        Over the years their work and its adaptations earned them no less than 15 Oscars, 34 Tony Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammies and two Emmy Awards.                           included many American standards, such as “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody” (1919), “Blue Skies” (1926), “Puttin’ on the Ritz” (1930), and “Easter Parade” (1933). In 1938,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           on the eve of World War 2, he wrote “God Bless America”, which was unofficially adopted as the second national anthem. For the 1942 film Holiday Inn he wrote “White
                        Rodgers & Hammerstein are represented in Musical Moments by the classic “The Sound of Music” from The Sound of Music and the passionate “If I Loved You” from                      Christmas” which became Bing Crosby’s signature song. During World War 2 he wrote another all-soldier musical, This Is the Army (1942), and then later Annie Get Your
                        Carousel.                                                                                                                                                                          Gun (1946), starring Ethel Merman, which was his most successful stage musical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           In 1974 he presented his piano (which he played only by ear and in the key of F-sharp major) to the Smithsonian Institution as a gesture of his retirement. In 1977 he was
                        Frank Wildhorn                                                                                                                                                                     awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Gerald Ford for his patriotic contributions during the two world wars, but to many people throughout the world he was beloved
                        With his first show, Jekyll & Hyde, staged on Broadway in 1990, Frank Wildhorn is a relative newcomer to the world of musical theatre but definitely not to music. Prior to        as the best all-around popular songwriter of the century. He provided the evergreen standards in “40’s Medley”.
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                        this Wildhorn’s pedigree as a top songwriter was much in demand by stars as diverse as Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis Jr and Whitney Houston, for whom he
                        wrote the chart-topping ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’                                                                                                                               Musical Moments features “Anything You can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun, in the Fun and Laughter section.

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                        In the 15 years since Jekyll & Hyde hit the stage, Wildhorn has proved to be incredibly prolific, writing on average one musical every two years. Indeed, in 1999, he became
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fame
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                        the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway, a stunning achievement by any standards.




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                                                                                                                                                                                                           This 1980 musical film was conceived and produced by David De Silva, directed by Alan Parker, and written by Michael Gore. It follows a group of students through their
                        Wildhorn’s work is represented in Musical Moments by the beautiful ballad and theme song of the show “This Is The Moment”, taken from Jekyll & Hyde.                               studies at the New York High School of Performing Arts (later renamed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts). The film is split into sections
                                                                                                                                                                                                           corresponding to auditions, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. Fame the musical came to Broadway in 1988 and was watched by over 4 million audiences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Musical Moments picked a song from this show that you will all know and love, called “I Sing the Body Electric” as the Grand Finale. Please join us in singing this song!
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