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Violin Superstar Bell performs with HKPO in 2006/07 Season Finale

28 June 2007

Hong Kong 28 June 2007 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will perform its final concerts of the 2006/07 season, Swire Maestro: Joshua Bell plays Tchaikovsky, on 6 and 7 July (Friday and Saturday) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Violinist Joshua Bell will play Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto, while guest conductor Andrey Boreyko will conduct HKPO in Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5 and Vasks’s Musica Dolorosa. Swire Maestro: Joshua Bell plays Tchaikovsky is a celebratory programme of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Swire Classic Insights Pre-Concert talks, free admission and open to the public, will be held from 7.15pm to 7.45pm on the Level 4 Foyer of the Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will speak on Friday, while Leung Kin-fung, Swire First Associate Concertmaster of HKPO will speak in Cantonese on Saturday.

“Classical superstar” violinist Joshua Bell has captivated audiences worldwide with his poetic musicality. He just won the prestigious Avery Fisher prize, joining the ranks of such previous recipients as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Emanuel Ax, violinists Midori and the Emerson String Quartet. In 2005, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. In 2004, Billboard Magazine named his best-selling record “Romance of the Violin” Classical Album of the Year and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. Bell plays on the precious 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius. This will be the fifth time Joshua Bell is returning to play with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

The Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. He is currently Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of Bern Symphony Orchestra, and has guest conducted such top-flight orchestras as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. “Keep your eye on Boreyko… his personal future sky seems to have no limit.” (www.musicalamerica.com, March 2005)

One of the “big four” violin concertos in the history of music, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto has some of the most charming melodies and display of pyrotechnics for the soloist. The Fifth Symphony is Prokofiev’s signature work which he composed after returning to his homeland in the 1936. Contemporary Lithuanian composer Vasks’s Musica dolorosa for string orchestra tries to search for an answer to the never-ending question of human suffering.

Programme Details:
Swire Maestro Series
Joshua Bell plays Tchaikovsky

6&7 | 7 | 2007
Friday and Saturday
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
8pm
$400, $300, $200, $100
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Artists

Andrey Boreyko conductor
Joshua Bell violin

Programme

Vasks Musica dolorosa
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Swire Classic Insights
Pre-concert talks

Time: 7:15 - 7:45pm
Venue: Level 4 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Free Admission

6/7 (English) Speaker: Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
7/7 (Cantonese) Speaker: Leung Kin-fung, Swire First Associate Concertmaster

Swire is the title sponsor of Swire Maestro Series: Joshua Bell plays Tchaikovsky and Swire Classic Insights.

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ABOUT THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
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.

SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.