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Encore for More Symphonic Magic from Harry Wong and HKPO

7 March 2008

Hong Kong, 7 March 2008 – After three sold-out concerts in January, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will re-run its family concert in March and April at Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin Town Halls respectively. HKPO has invited the well-known children’s entertainer and magician Harry Wong to take the music lovers of all ages on this journey together. Under the direction of Henry Shek, HKPO will play such popular classics as Mozart’s The Magic Flute overture, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dukas’ A Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, while soprano Ricel Guiman, HKPO Principal Flute Megan Sterling, choreographer/dancer Justyne Li and Wong Tan Ki, will add colour and excitement to the show by their guest appearances.

Harry Wong has been a well-known children’s TV entertainer since 1985 and was one of the first bilingual presenters on Metro Broadcast. He also likes to present various magic performances in his very own style – a blend of comedy and music knowledge that he learned during his training at the Royal School of Music in England. Apart from being one of the founding members of the Magicians’ Association of Hong Kong, he is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Society of American Magicians. Harry Wong is Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Children’s Arts Academy and is one of the leading specialists in the local music education field. His album, The 5 Elements, won the 2004 North American Parenting Publications Gold Award and the 2004 Parents’ Choice Award in USA.

The Filipino coloratura soprano Ricel Guiman is currently studying at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, under the Peter and Nancy Thompson scholarship, with the renowned Chinese soprano Katusha Tsui-Fraser.

An independent and up-and-coming choreographer and dancer, Justyne Li graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and was a member of the Hong Kong Ballet. She has choreographed for the Fringe Festival and Bare Stage Project in 2007, as well as the Hong Kong Dance Festival in 2006 with much success.

Wong Tan Ki is a freelance dancer and choreographer, and has performed with the City Contemporary Dance Company and the Hong Kong Ballet. Wong founded the Tap Ensemble with Anthony Suen, and has passed the Australia’s Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD), Tapping Advanced Silver, with Honours plus in 2006.

Henry Shek is well-known to Hong Kong’s music scene, and has been a conductor of the Orchestra’s pop and family series concerts in recent years. He was Music Director of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra from 1993 to 1997.

Programme Details:
Symphonic Magic

28 & 29 March 2008
Fri, Sat 8pm
Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium

4 April 2008
Shatin Town Hall Auditorium
Fri, 3pm
Sat, 8pm

HK$180, 140, 100
Available at URBTIX outlets
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Artists
Henry Shek Conductor
Harry Wong Magician Host
Megan Sterling Flute (4/4 only)
Justyne Li, Wong Tan Ki Dancers (4/4 only)
Ricel Guiman Soprano (28,29/3 only)

Production:
Lau Ming-hang Lighting Designer

Programme includes
Mozart The Magic Flute
Debussy Syrinx
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Offenbach The Tales of Hoffman
Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
John Williams Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Grieg Peer Gynt
Mussorgsky Night on a Bald Mountain

Acknowledgement:
Dance rehearsal space is partially sponsored by Partnership Programme, CCDC Dance Centre

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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 including the city’s largest outdoor symphonic concert in Happy Valley, Swire Symphony under the Stars. Please visit www.hkpo.com for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

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