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Swire Symphony under the Stars touched hearts of over 15,000 Hong Kong citizens

30 November 2007

Hong Kong, 30 November 2007 – While the temperature has dropped over the past few days, the Happy Valley Racecourse Recreation Ground was heated up by over 15,000 people who attended a free concert by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on the evening of 30th November. Parents and children, families and friends, relaxed on the ground, enjoying drinks and snacks while listening to the strains of popular tunes from The Nutcracker, Rossini's William Tell Overture and Moon Reflection in the Er Quan.

"We at the Hong Kong Philharmonic are dedicated to bringing fine music to audiences both inside and out of the concert halls," says Mr Edward Ho, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society. "I am therefore most thrilled to see that our audience tonight has thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I would like to thank everyone who has given their generous support to this event, especially Swire, our title sponsor and the Orchestra's Principal Patron."

Mr. Philip Chen, Executive Director of Swire Pacific Limited, said, "We are happy to be part of this outdoor concert, bringing spectacular symphonic music to a large audience. The concert tonight takes on a special meaning as it is our gift to the people of Hong Kong to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region. It is gratifying to see that the concert has been so well received. I would like to congratulate the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on an extremely successful performance."

Young Chinese pianist Zuo Zhang's performance of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on the theme of Paganini, made famous in the movie Somewhere in Time, also added a touch of romance to the evening.

Under the direction of David Atherton, the evening ended in a rousing performance of Handel's Royal Fireworks Music in a blaze of colourful fireworks, in celebration of this special Anniversary for Hong Kong.

Please download photos from http://download.hkpo.com/files/press/suts.zip

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Mr. Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary for Home Affairs, also gave his support to the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and is chatting informally with Philip Chen, Executive Director of Swire Pacific Limited and Mr Edward Ho, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society

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The evening ends in a rousing performance of Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music in a blaze of colourful fireworks, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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Young and old, parents and children relax on the ground, enjoying drinks and snacks to the strains of popular classical tunes

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Young Chinese pianist Zuo Zhang’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on the theme of Paganini added a touch of romance to the evening.

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Conductor Laureate David Atherton led the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 7 classical works, creating a wonderfully intimate atmosphere

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Swire Symphony under the Stars open air concert touched the hearts of over 15,000 Hong Kong people

Acknowledgement:

Swire Symphony under the Stars is a 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR celebration programme

Title sponsor:
Swire

Major sponsors:
HSBC Insurance
Tom Lee Music

Media Partner:
RTHK Television Division
RTHK Radio 4

Swire Symphony under the Stars is presented by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, in association with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

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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 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 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.

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