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Legendary Swiss conductor to lead HKPO in celebration of Hong Kong’s 10th Anniversary of the Handover

18 June 2007

Hong Kong 18 June 2007 –The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) has invited the legendary Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit to conduct two concerts in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Charles Dutoit – the Maestro, proudly sponsored by CIC Investor Services Limited, will be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on 29 June (Friday) at 8pm and 1 July (Sunday) at 3pm. The programme includes Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, featuring Chantal Juillet as soloist.

Timothy Calnin, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra said: "The 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region coincides with the coming of age of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. We feel honoured that a distinguished artist such as Maestro Charles Dutoit - recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic - will conduct the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on this historic day. Ten years ago, it would have been unimaginable for the HKPO to attract a guest conductor of such high calibre. It makes a strong statement about how much the artistic level and international reputation of the Hong Kong Philharmonic has risen under the leadership of Edo de Waart."

Timothy Lo, Managing Director of CIC Investor Services Limited (CICIS) said: “Over the years, our French heritage in the CIC Group has meant that supporting arts and cultural events is part of our corporate tradition. The wider CIC family over the world has been sponsoring various renowned philharmonic orchestras globally. In line with CIC’s Banque Privée brand, therefore, CICIS in Hong Kong has also been supporting our own Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing various spectacular events to our clients and friends here and further afield. This year, we have chosen the stunning performance led by the legendary Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit, who will no doubt take us to a music fantasy of the French repertoire. Together with Canadian violinist Chantal Juillet, Charles Dutoit will bring the music of Ravel, Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov to life.”

Recently appointed Chief Conductor and Music Advisor of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Dutoit regularly collaborates with the world's pre-eminent orchestras and soloists. Renowned for polished and idiomatic interpretations of an eclectic array of musical styles and since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1980, Charles Dutoit has been invited each season to conduct the other major orchestras of the United States, including those of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. For 25 years (1977 to 2002) Dutoit was Artistic Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, a dynamic musical partnership recognized the world over. In 1998, he was appointed Music Director of the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo) with which he has toured Europe, the United States, China and Southeast Asia and is today Music Director Emeritus of the Orchestra. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland and his extensive musical training included history of music, composition, violin, viola, piano and percussion at the conservatoires of Geneva, Siena, Venice and Boston.

Winning all major Canadian music competitions by the age of 16, Montréal-born violinist Chantal Juillet first came to international attention when she received First Prize at the Young Concert Artists Competition (New York), making successful débuts in Los Angeles, New York and in Washington DC. Recognised as one of Canada's most brilliant musicians, she appears frequently with the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the New York Philharmonic. Since 1991, Chantal Juillet is Music Director of the Saratoga International Chamber Music Festival (NY). From 2001 to 2003 she held the same title at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and since 2005 she combines the positions of Artistic Associate and Director of Chamber Music at the Canton International Summer Music Academy (CISMA), newly founded by China’s Ministry of Culture and IMG Artists.

Programme Details:
CIC Investor Services Limited proudly sponsors
Charles Dutoit – the Maestro

29/6/2007, Friday
8pm
1/7/2007, Sunday
3pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
$500, $350, 250, 150
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Artists

Charles Dutoit conductor
Chantal Juillet violin

Programme

RAVEL Mother Goose: suite
STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

*Please note the following changes for the programme, CIC Investor Services Limited proudly sponsors Charles Dutoit – the Maestro: Ravel’s Mother Goose: Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade will replace the originally announced Ravel’s Pavane pour une Infante défunte and Daphnis & Chloë. The second concert will be held on 1 July (Sun) at 3pm, instead of the originally scheduled 30 June (Sat) 8pm. Thank you for your attention.

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Hailed as “one of Asia's top orchestras”, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of the leading orchestras in the region, led by the internationally renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. In April 2006, The Swire Group Charitable Trust became the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Principal Patron, committing HK$36 million over three years to enable Maestro de Waart’s artistic vision for the Orchestra to be realized. HKPO annually touches the lives of nearly 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances, including a series of outreach activities such as the free outdoor concert Symphony under the Stars which attracted nearly 20,000 people this season. Please visit www.hkpo.com for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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