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2009 HKPO China Tour

7 January 2009

Hong Kong, 7 January 2009 –A large audience at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre last night cheered the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart on the eve of their historic tour of China, sponsored by Swire.

The rousing ovation followed de Waart’s uplifting performance of Mahler’s Symphony No.5 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, with rising star pianist Chen Sa as the soloist. Both of these composers have been at the heart of de Waart’s artistic program for his Orchestra in Hong Kong, with memorable performances of eight of Mahler’s massive symphonies signposting the Orchestra’s impressive growth over the last four years.

Now in his fifth year as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Maestro de Waart leads the Orchestra on a major tour which includes concerts in the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou.

“For the last four years, we have been working very hard in rehearsals and performances in Hong Kong to build the quality of the Orchestra and invigorate music-making in Hong Kong. The Orchestra and I now feel ready to go on the road and show audiences in other cities what we’re made of,” de Waart commented during a break in rehearsals.

Chen Sa has been featured as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic since her impressive performance of a Mozart concerto with the Orchestra in 2007. She has since returned to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 with de Waart and was his first choice of soloist for the China tour.

“Discovering the wealth of musical talent produced by China has been one of the joys of my time with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. I’ve been so impressed by young artists such as Chen Sa that we’ve dedicated an entire concert series to this incredible crop of musicians – the Swire New Generation Series,” added Maestro de Waart.

In addition to the full-scale orchestral concert, the Orchestra will perform a specially created educational program on Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 for audiences in the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. With a profound look inside the workings of the symphony, this educational program will deconstruct the symphony before putting it back together in a full performance of the entire piece. This concert will feature the HKPO’s new Assistant Conductor conductor Perry So who will both present the talk and conduct the symphony.

Four performances in the Mainland
Tour Sponsor: SWIRE PROPERTIES
Guangdong Xinghai Concert Hall
9-1-2009 Fri 8PM
BEETHOVEN Coriolan: overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7
Book tickets online
http://www.concerthall.com.cn/events/eventdetail.php?id=785

+86 20 8735 3857

Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts
14-1-2009 Wed 7:30PM
Tatiana Monogarova          soprano
R STRAUSS     Serenade, Op. 7
R STRAUSS     Four Last Songs
MAHLER          Symphony No. 5

Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts
15-1-2009 Thu 7:30PM
BEETHOVEN  Coriolan: overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7
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http://www.chncpa.org/n16/n1513/n1528/index.html

+86 10 6655 0000

Shanghai Grand Theatre Lyric Theatre
18-1-2009 Sun 7:15PM
BEETHOVEN  Coriolan: overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
MAHLER Symphony No. 5
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http://www.shgtheatre.com/program/programview.asp?program_id=348

+86 21 6372 3833

Photo download
http://download.hkpo.com/files/press/jan09_prog/chen_sa.jpg (Chen Sa)


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.
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre