Hong Kong, 28 November 2006 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) opened its annual music-in-education programme, Blossom with Music, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall yesterday. Johnny Poon conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, while Phoebus Chan introduced the instruments and the stories behind symphonic works such as Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake or John Williams' Star Wars. Students thoroughly enjoyed the interactive games and presentation of the hour-long programme; some were even able to experience the orchestral sound as an audience on-stage!
More than 60,000 primary, secondary and special school students will benefit from the year-long Blossom with Music programme which runs from November 2006 to June 2007. It includes 23 free orchestral concerts for students, 36 chamber ensemble performances at school campuses and 15 instrumental masterclasses hosted by members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr Edward Ho, Chairman the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society's Board of Governors, said: “Music education and community outreach is an essential component of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra's mission as one of Asia's leading orchestra. With the help of the sponsorship of Tom Lee Music Foundation, as well as that of The Tung Foundation and The Kadoorie Charitable Foundation, we are pleased to be able to introduce classical music to young people through our annual music-in-education programme, Blossom with Music.”
Mr Frank Lee, Director of Tom Lee Music Foundation, said: “Since its establishment in 1977, Tom Lee Music Foundation's goal is to nurture the love and joy of music among young people by providing quality music courses and a range of music activities. In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we are pleased to present Blossom in Music 06/07, organized by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. I am sure that this programme, both educational and entertaining, will further promote the appreciation and enjoyment of music in the community.”
Johnny Poon is the conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic's orchestral concerts in November, while Chau Cheung will take up the baton in December. Johnny Poon is the artistic director of performances activities and music director of the Hong Kong Baptist University symphony orchestra. Chau Cheung is a Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Conducting Fellow and is currently music director of the Southern Georgia Symphony in the United States. Phoebus Chan is a well-known performer in the local entertainment field. He was the winner of the 10 Most Outstanding Artists Award in 2005.
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ABOUT THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is rapidly emerging as Asia's leading orchestra, since internationally renowned Edo de Waart joined as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor in the 2004/05 Season. Throughout the last three decades, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. Apart from giving over a hundred performances annually, many of which are highly anticipated events in the city's cultural calendar, it performs more than 70 free orchestral and chamber concerts for 70,000 primary and secondary school students a year. The Orchestra also joins hands with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to help nurture aspiring professionals.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is subvented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.