[13 November 2009 – Hong Kong] While the temperature has dropped drastically overnight, the Happy Valley Racecourse Recreation Ground, at nightfall, was heated up by over 20,000 people who attended Swire Symphony under the Stars, a free, massive concert organized and performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
People from all walks of life – local families and overseas travellers, culture seekers and office workers still in their business attire, all relaxed on the expansive grounds of the Racecourse, listening to the wonderful classical music performed by the Orchestra. The concert had previously been held in 2006 and 2007 but it’s the first year that it was promoted to overseas travellers through the finanical support of the Mega Events Fund.
Under the direction of our Assistant Conductor Perry So, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra opened the concert with J STRAUSS II’s: Die Fledermaus: overture. Other pieces included SARASATE: Carmen Fantasy, BAO Yuan-kai: Flowing Stream, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnole, ZHU Jian'er: Festival Overture, RAVEL: Tzigane, Rapsodie de concert for violin and orchestra, BORODIN: Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances. Hugely talented violinist Huang Mengla was the soloist in the Sarasate and Ravel works. The evening was ended with a rousing performance of TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 overture in a blaze of colorful fireworks.
Apart from breaking the record of audience attendance for its Swire Symphony under the Stars, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra broke another record tonight - the Guinness World Record of the largest harmonica ensemble. In total 6,131 harmonica players gathered during the intermission of the concert and performed with the Orchestra under the direction of Perry So a piece lasted 7 minutes and 25 seconds titled World Record Melody.
In total 6,131 harmonica players joined hands in breaking the Guinness World Record
of the largest harmonica ensemble at the Swire Symphony under the Stars organized
by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on 13 November 2009.
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.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Swire Symphony under the Stars is made possible by the generous support of the following organizations:
Principal Patron: SWIRE
Major Sponsors: HSBC Insurance, Tom Lee Music
Official Harmonica: HOHNER
Media Partner: RTHK Television Division, RTHK Radio 4
Present in association with: Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Hotel Sponsor: Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong
Supporting Organizations: Rotaract Club of Baptist University and HKUST, Tom Lee Music Foundation, Hong Kong Harmonica Association, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Swire Symphony under the Stars is a Brand Hong Kong event and is supported by the Mega Events Funds. It is also a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
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