Saturday, October 02, 2004

[Wen Wei Po, 2004-10-01]

Francis Yip (Lai Yee) and Steven Ma will have two performances at Niagara Falls (Toronto, Canada) on Nov. 17 and 18. They will have two more performances in Dallas and Houston (Texas, USA) on Nov. 20 and 22 respectively. The shows in Toronto will feature a 21-member symphony orchestra, and it will look like a concert.

Since this kind of performance hasn't been done in Canada or the US in recent years, Yip and Ma both take it very seriously. They have met up for a few times, gone through the list of the songs to be performed, and discussed the details of the shows carefully. According to Francis, this is her second time working with Steven. She got to know Steven in 1998 when he performed on her "Truth, Benevolence and Beauty" concert as a special guest. Steven left a deep impression on Francis, as he was not only a nice guy, but also a filial son. Steven's mother was very sick at that time, and he always visited her in the hospital as long as he had a few minutes to spare. Francis was also impressed with Steven's beautiful voice. She said he could handle the stage very well, and she had confidence in him.

Steven looks up to Francis as an elder sister, and admires her singing skills. Since the four shows in Canada and the US will all be live performances with live bands, Steven is very happy and excited, as he believes this will be a challenging experience.


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