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Two Extra Symphonic Fairy Tales Concerts by the HKPO -16 May

3 April 2009

Hong Kong 3 April 2009 – Due to popular demand, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and children’s entertainer Harry Wong will stage two extra Symphonic Fairy Tales concerts on 16 May, 3pm and 8pm, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets to the original three shows (3 & 4 April) were virtually snapped up once the box office opened.

Harry Wong will present the fairy tales of Dukas’ La Peri Fanfare, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Overture 1812, R. Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite with the HKPO under the baton of its Assistant Conductor Perry So.

Paul Dukas La Péri (“The Fairy”) was first staged in Paris on 22 April 1912. He wrote this piecefor the Russian dancer, Natasha Truhanova, and the story it tells goes back centuries to the ancient kingdom of Persia (which is now known as Iran).

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Overture 1812 commemorates one of the great Russian military victories of the war against the French troops headed by Napoleon which took place in 1812. With the great clamour of bells and plenty of convincing orchestral fireworks, it is the Russian theme that eventually wins the day in spectacular style.His Sleeping Beauty was first performed in 1890 and is based on a very famous story by the French writer Charles Perrault first published in 1697.

Richard Strauss made use of an unusually large orchestra for Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op 28 which includes eight horns, six trumpets and a prominent role in the percussion section of a large rattle. The German peasant, Till Eulenspiegel, was a well-known mischief-maker (Strauss indicates his playful character with the dancing horn solo which we hear at the start of the piece) and the music follows a few of his more mischievous pranks.

The French composer Maurice Ravel wrote this suite of pieces for two young children, Mimi and Jean, in 1910.  Each piece depicts one of the “Mother Goose” stories published by Charles Perrault.

Perry So
Conductor Perry Pakhin So has been appointed the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor (Education and Community Programmes) since October 2008. In addition to his work on the podium, he has designed and spearheaded the orchestra's educational and outreach programmes. 

Perry maintains a close relationship with the State Hermitage Orchestra of Russia, with whom he performs annually during the spring and summer festivals in St Petersburg. Other orchestras he has worked with include the St Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, and Staatskapelle Weimar. So's mentors include Edo de Waart and Esa-Pekka Salonen. 

Harry Wong
Harry Wong (Harry Goh Goh) had his first children TV programme with Radio Television Hong Kong in 1986. He is currently working with i-Cable Kids Channel. As the founder of programme “Healing-Magic”, he shares his magic with occupational-therapists and applies the art of magic and hypnosis for therapeutic uses.

Harry is a member of the European Recorder Players’ Society and one of the leading specialists in the local music education field. His series of music textbooks, Music Today, and his recorder methods have been widely adopted by primary schools throughout Hong Kong.

Specials: Symphonic Fairy Tales
16-5-2009 Sat 3PM & 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Ticket Price: HK$180 $120 $80
For ages 3 and above
Tickets available from 9-4-2009

Artists:
Perry So Conductor
Harry Wong Presenter (in Cantonese)

Programme
Dukas La Peri Fanfare
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty (excerpts)
R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Ravel Mother Goose Suite (incl. Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagodas, Conversations of Beauty and the Beast, the Fairy Garden)
Tchaikovsky Overture 1812

Photo download:
Perry So Harry Wong

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. The Orchestra also builds its reputation and raises its artistic standards by touring. In 2008/09 season the Orchestra performed in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Please visit www.hkpo.com for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

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