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Nodame Live! 2 – Extra concert by popular demand

11th February 2009

Hong Kong 11th February 2009 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will play an additional Nodame Live! 2 concert following overwhelming public reaction to the concerts on 13th and 14th February which have virtually sold out.

The extra concert will be held on 14 February at 4pm at Queen Elizabeth Stadium. The HKPO will perform popular pieces played in Japanese drama Nodame Cantabile. Under the baton of Edo de Waart, the HKPO together with young pianist Wai-yin Wong and HKPO Principal Oboe Michael Wilson will bring the audience a sweet Valentine’s Day with classical music.

Wong Wai-yin
Fifteen-year-old pianist Wong Wai-yin is currently a student of Mr Gabriel Kwok, Head of Keyboard Department of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she was admitted at the age of five under the tutorage of Hui Ling. This April, she became the youngest Gold Medal winner in the Intermediate Group (age 14 – 19) of the VII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz held in Ukraine. She was invited to perform in the Opening Solo Recital for the Newport International Festival in USA and a recital in Salle Alfred Cortot of Paris, and was featured as one of the give young soloists performing the give Beethoven Piano Concertos with Edo de Waart and the HKPO in September 2007.

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson was appointed Co-Principal Oboe of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2005. Prior to coming to Hong Kong, Michael worked regularly with the London based orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as outside of the capital, with the Bournemouth Symphony and Ulster Orchestras. He was Guest Principal Oboe for the English Symphony Orchestra with which he has toured with Nigel Kennedy playing a double concerto.

Valentines Specials: Nodame Live! 2
13 & 14-2-2009 Fri & Sat 8PM
Extra show on 14/2 4PM
Queen Elizabeth Stadium
HK$280 $220 $180 $120
Weekday 10% discount

Artists:
Edo de Waart Conductor
Michael Wilson Oboe
Wai-yin Wong Piano

Programme
ROSSINI William Tell: Overture
MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik K525, Romance Andante
MOZART Piano Sonata No 8, K310, 1st movement
MOZART Oboe concerto K314, 1st movement
NIELSEN Symphony No 4, The Inextinguishable 4th movement
DVORAK Symphony No 8, 1st movement
RAVEL Jeux d’eau
MOZART Symphony No.31 in D, K.297 Paris, 1st movement
RAVEL Bolero

All concerts are available at URBTIX
URBTIX website: www.urbtix.hk
Reservations: 2734 9009
Credit card booking: 2111 5999
Programme Enquiry: 2721 2030
HKPO website: www.hkpo.com


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.