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HKPO brings Music to the Museums

Hong Kong, 13 March 2008

Hong Kong, 13 March 2008 – Hong Kong Philharmonic’s free chamber concerts last season proved to be hugely popular. At the end of this month, Hong Kong Philharmonic musicians will again fill the museums with soothing strains of classical music. HKPO Concertmaster John Harding will lead young talented string players to play in the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong at Friday lunchtime, and twice in the Museum of Art in Tsimshatsui on Saturday afternoon. The programme will include selected movements from Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, as well as Schubert’s A Minor String Quartet and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings. Audiences are invited to enjoy the performances free of admission charges.

“As opposed to orchestral playing, chamber music offers an opportunity to be heard alone, and take responsibility for one's own decisions. In general the amount of time spent rehearsing must be much greater, as everyone needs to know the score--there is no conductor to bring one in, so concentration has to be 110%,” says John Harding. John is a brilliant violinist, a superb leader and an inspiring teacher. He has led an extremely successful musical career, performing and leading orchestras all over the world. He was invited by Edo de Waart to join HKPO as Concertmaster from September 2006.

John is also responsible for coaching the talented string players who were selected as The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellows. They include violinists Jia Ding Ding, Wang Liang, Wang Peng, violinist/violist Xia Chun-yu, violist Bu Hong, all from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing; violinist Gui Li from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and cellist Chang Pei-chieh from the National Taiwan Normal University. In the Mendelssohn Octet, they will be joined by HKAPA student Cara Cheung, a cellist.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellowship Scheme was created to provide professional development for promising young string musicians. It is fully endowed by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, which shares the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and supporting artists of outstanding potential.

“The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellowship Scheme is one of the very best programmes of its kind in the world. Up to ten string graduates from distinguished regional music institutions are given a generous scholarship to join HKPO for a season,” says John Harding. “Naturally they are technically capable, but need a lot of experience learning the repertoire and the challenges of playing in a very serious Orchestra…I am impressed with their general mentality and application.”

Programme Details:

Mozart and More in the Museum

Free Admission

28/3 Friday
1.10pm
The University Museum and Art Gallery,
The University of Hong Kong
(Fung Ping Shan Building, Main Entrance on Bonham Road)

Concert lasts approx. 1 hour

29/3 Saturday
2pm & 4pm
Hong Kong Museum of Art,
First Floor Foyer

Concerts last approx. 45 minutes

Performers
John Harding violin & Concertmaster of HKPO
with  
Jia Ding Ding violin
Wang Liang violin
Wang Peng violin
Gui Li violin
Xia Chun-yu viola
Bu Hong viola
Chang Pei-chieh cello
*The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellows
Cara Cheung cello
**Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts student

Programme includes selections from:
Mendelssohn Octet for Strings in E-flat major
Mozart String Quintet in G minor, K.516
Schubert String Quartet in A minor, D.804

Acknowledgement:
The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong

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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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