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Edo de Waart and HKPO review
a Hundred Years of Musical Creation

12 September 2008

Hong Kong, 12 September 2008 – In three consecutive weekends in September this year, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will present a special music project A Symphonic Century, where Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart surveys the heartland of orchestral composition of Austria and Germany in the 19th Century.

Lauded for his profound affinity with the music of Beethoven and Mahler, Maestro de Waart will review a hundred years of flourishing musical creation on which orchestras are built. From Beethoven’s youthful bold First Symphony (1799-1800) to Berg’s exquisitely chromatic Seven Early Songs (1905-08; orch. 1928), Germanic composers used the ever-expanding orchestra as the medium uniquely capable of giving voice to their creativity.

While Beethoven and Schubert carried the classical aesthetic into the 19th Century, Wagner, Bruckner and Mahler were born into a different era, and demanded vastly increased ensembles to achieve their expressive goals.

Although Wagner’s Ring operas require vocal mastery previously unknown, the massive orchestra, which underscores these gigantic stage works, ultimately tells the story through his ingenious use of highly characterized leitmotivs and sweepingly dramatic orchestration.

Joining Maestro de Waart and the HKPO will be four outstanding vocalists of our time, including soprano Dagmar Schellenberger in Seven Early Songs, and tenor Simon O’Neill, soprano Janice Watson and bass Daniel Sumegi performing their talents in the first act of Wagner’s epic The Valkyrie.

Pre-concert talk for A Symphonic Century II: De Waart’s Bruckner conducted by conductor Mr Jimmy Chiang will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on 21 September, followed by a post-concert Meet-the-Artist session hosted by Mr Chiang with Maestro de Waart at the concert hall.

Programme Details
Great Performers: A Symphonic Century I: Titan
 
12 & 13 / 9 / 2008
Friday and Saturday
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
8:00 PM
12 / 9 (Friday): HK$432 $342 $252 $162 #
13 / 9 (Saturday): HK$480 $380 $280 $180
# Weekday Discount Price

Artists
  Edo de Waart, conductor
  Dagmar Schellenberger, soprano*

Programme
  Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture
  Berg: Seven Early Songs*
  Mahler: Symphony No 1 Titan

Great Performers: A Symphonic Century II: De Waart's Bruckner
 
21 / 9 / 2008
Sunday
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
8:00 PM
HK $380 $280 $200 $150

Artists
  Edo de Waart, conductor

Programme
  Schubert: Symphony No. 5
  Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Great Performers: A Symphonic Century III: The Valkyrie
 
26 & 27 / 9 / 2008
Friday and Saturday
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
8:00 PM
26 / 9 (Friday): HK$612 $432 $252 $162 #
27 / 9 (Saturday): HK $680 $480 $280 $180
# 10% Weekday Discount Price

Artists
  Edo de Waart, conductor
  Simon O’Neill, tenor*
  Janice Watson, soprano*
  Daniel Sumegi, bass*

Programme
  Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
  Wagner: The Valkyrie: Act 1*

Tickets to the above concerts are 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

Photos download:
 
http://download.hkpo.com/files/press/20080717/Edo_de_Waart.zip
http://download.hkpo.com/files/press/20080717/Dagmar_Schellenberger.zip
http://download.hkpo.com/files/press/20080717/Simon_O'Neill.zip
http://download.hkpo.com/files/press/20080717/Janice_Watson.zip
http://download.hkpo.com/files/press/20080717/Daniel_Sumegi.zip


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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 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.

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.