Hong Kong, 23 January 2009 –The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the stage of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on Friday night following the huge success of its 2009 China Tour.
Edo de Waart led the Orchestra in programs featuring Mahler’s Symphony No.5, Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs (with stunning Russian soprano Tatiana Monogarova) and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 (with outstanding Chinese pianist Chen Sa). The performances took place in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, including an unprecedented three-night residency in Beijing’s new National Centre for the Performing Arts, and audiences demanded encores every night.
The tour was sponsored by Swire Properties and was supported by the Government of the Hong Kong SAR. In a unique event, the Orchestra performed a special concert in Swire’s dazzling new retail development in Sanlitun called The Village, with the concert performance beamed onto a huge LED screen in the lively open-air piazza, attracting hundreds of Beijingers to a winter fiesta of musical entertainment.
On the last night of the tour, the audience roared its appreciation for the breathtaking performing of Mahler’s Symphony No.5 and then cheered deafeningly when Maestro de Waart gave a solo bows to HKPO Principal Horn Mark Vines and Principal Trumpet Jonathan Clarke whose solos had shone throughout the expansive symphony.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic’s exhausting schedule sees the Orchestra back on stage this week in a new and challenging program under the direction of distinguished American conductor David Zinman.
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.