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HKPO's Nodame Cantabile – Classical Hits for the Young Hearts concert a box office hit;
Saturday matinee added by popular demand

11 October 2007

Hong Kong, 11 October 2007– In response to the smash hit Japanese TV series, Nodame Cantabile, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will present two evenings of classical highlights from Nodame Cantabile, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, Brahms' Symphony No.1, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2. The concerts will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on 9 and 10 November (Friday and Saturday) at 8pm. Nodame Cantabile – Classical Hits for the Young Hearts will feature Maestro Edo de Waart as the conductor and pianist Song Siheng as the soloist. Outstanding young violinist Wang Liang and pianist Crystal Lam Kai-yin will also make guest appearances in Beethoven's Spring Sonata. Due to popular demand, an extra matinee concert is added on 10 November (Sat) at 4pm. Tickets are available at all URBTIX outlets tomorrow (12 October).

Born in China, pianist Song Siheng won the First Prize of Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in 2004, in addition to the best concerto prize and the best final recital prize. Only in his early twenties, he is the first Chinese pianist to have won this coveted international piano competition. He has given recitals and concerts all around Europe, North American, North Africa, China and Japan to great acclaims.

Violinist Wang Liang, a graduate of the China Central Conservatory, is a winner of this year's Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra's Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellowships. Pianist Crystal Lam Kai-yin is currently a Year Two student of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). She was the first-prize winner of the Third Asian Youth Music Competition (Senior Group), held in Shanghai in 2006, and also a winner of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholarships for Outstanding Merit at the HKAPA.

Programme Details
Nodame Cantabile – Classical Hits for the Young Hearts

9 & 10/11/ 2007 (Fri & Sat)
8pm
10/11/ 2007(Sat)
4pm
Queen Elizabeth Stadium
HK$$280, 220, 180, 120
Available at URBTIX outlets
URBTIX website: www.urbtix.hk
Reservations: 2734 9009
Credit Card booking: 2111 5999
Programme Enquiries: 2721 2030
HKPO Website: www.hkpo.com

Artists

Edo de Waart conductor
Song Siheng piano*
Wang Liang violin
Crystal Lam Kai-yin piano

Programme

Beethoven Symphony No.7 – first movement
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 Spring – first movement**
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2- – first movement*
Brahms Symphony No. 1 – last movement
Barber Adagio for Strings
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue*
Beethoven Symphony No.7 – last movement

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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. 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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