24-11-2018 Sat 7:30PM Central Harbourfront [MAP]

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) and its Music Director Jaap van Zweden presented its iconic annual Swire Symphony Under The Stars concert to an audience of around 18,000 at the Central Harbourfront on 24 November (Saturday), with Harry Wong (or Harry Gor Gor) as host.

Following this year’s  “FAMILY” theme, the concert brought together the orchestra’s own talented musicians from different instrumental families - Jing Wang (Concertmaster), Richard Bamping (Principal Cello) and  Fang Xiaomu (Co-Principal Cello) from the string family, Andrew Simon (Principal Clarinet) from the woodwind family; and Esteban Batallán (Principal Trumpet) from the brass family. Under the baton of Jaap van Zweden, the entire orchestral family delighted audiences with well-known pieces including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos, Massenet’s Thaïs: Méditation, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto - 2nd movement, and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat - 3rd movement. The programme also included all-time favourite theme from Star Wars. Throughout the concert, Harry Gor Gor preceded each piece with a lively introduction and engaged audience members in cheerful banter during the interval. For the encore, the orchestra played Joe Hisaishi’s ever-popular music from My Neighbor Totoro, and the concert concluded with a stunning fireworks display, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture - Finale.
The HK Phil wishes to express its deepest gratitude for the generous and continued support from Swire, as well as to Hong Kong’s music lovers who have helped make Swire Symphony Under The Stars such a marvellous success year after year.
Swire Symphony Under The Stars will reach far beyond the people who attended in person; the event was recorded by RTHK TV and RTHK Radio 4 for broadcast.
TV Broadcast
The audio-visual recording will be broadcasted on Arts on Air TV program on 26 Jan 2019 (Sat) at 11pm.
Channels: RTHK TV31, RTHK TV31A &
Radio Broadcast
The radio broadcast is scheduled for 21 December 2018 (Fri) at 8pm with a repeat on 26 December 2018 (Thu) at 2pm on RTHK Radio 4 (FM Stereo 97.6-98.9 MHz and