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A 100-minute Experience of Love
What Love Tells Me-Mahler III

29-01-2010

[29 January 2010Hong Kong] Maestro Edo de Waart and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly present the stupendous Symphony No.3 by Gustav Mahler on 10 February at 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. There will be an extra concert on 11 February at 8pm in response to popular demand. Guest artists include Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor, the Ladies of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Choir led by Chorus Master Simon Kenway and the city’s leading children’s choir, The Hong Kong Children’s Choir led by their Music Director Kathy Fok. There will be a free pre-concert talk arranged at 7:15pm.

A Conversation with the Nature
Mahler composed the enormous six-movement piece primarily during 1895-96, when he was taking a summer break in a small town near Salzburg, Austria. Mahler was fascinated by the stunning scene of the Bavarian Alps on the shores of the Attersee Lake, the place where inspired the composer to embrace the sound of the nature – the flower on the meadow, the animals in the forest in different movements of the symphony. Mahler has also ingeniously integrated the sound of mankind and the angels, and ultimately embodied the power of love. The Third Symphony is revolution indeed. Apart from the revolutionary six-movement form (since the time of Haydn and Mozart, four-movement symphonies were the norm), the extra endowment in the symphony – the incorporation of the human voice in the fourth and the fifth movement was a product of the composer’s innovation.

Mahler and Maestro De Waart
Mastro Edo de Waart has special affinity with Mahler’s Third Symphony. It was the work that he took on tour with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic as their Chief Conductor about 10 years ago, and they made ten performances in 14 days. Maestro’s series of Mahler’s performances since 2004 have signposted the HKPO’s growth into Asia’s finest orchestra. Maestro de Waart’s recording of the complete Mahler cycle with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic was also greeted with enthusiasm by David Hurwitz in Classic CD: “spontaneity and control: de Waart shows absolute mastery of Mahler’s idiom.”

Edo de Waart is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the HKPO. Renowned as an “orchestral builder” who has the enviable ability to transform his orchestras into world-class ensembles, Maestro de Waart has held such distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, as well as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. He has also taken up the Music Directorship of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from the 2009/10 season.

The Grammy Award-Winning Mezzo-Soprano
The American mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor is one of the most compelling performers in recent years. O’Connor makes her debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Weill’s SiebenTodsünden, and with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. Possessing a sound of irresistible charisma, O'Connor performer the role of García Lorca on the recording of Ainadamar by Deutche Grammophon, which recognized with two Grammy Awards.

The Hong Kong Children’s Choir was founded in 1969. Under the supervision of Music Director and Principal Conductor Kathy Fok, as well as a group of dedicated teachers, choir members not only have the opportunity to develop their artistic talents, but also the importance of team-building through practice and performances. The Hong Kong Children’s Choir has been applauded in over 57 cities, gaining an international reputation as “one of the best children’s choirs in the world.”

Chorus Master of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chrus Simon Kenway is an established an highly respected orchestral and operatic conductor. He has held posts as Principal Chorus Master of Opera Australia, Musical Director for Opera in the Vineyards, Opera by George and Opera under the Stares in Bromme, and Conductor and Chief Vocal Coach for the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School.

What Love Tells Me – De Waart’s Mahler 3
10&11 | 2 | 2010
wed&thur 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$320 $240 $180 $120
Available at URBTIX from 1 Dec

Valentine’s double-week Package-
Buying any ticket for HKPO.Nodame concert can enjoy 30% ticket discount for the extra concert of Mahler 3 on Feb 11.

Artists

Edo de Waart

conductor

Kelley O’Connor

mezzo-soprano

Women of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus

The Hong Kong Children’s Choir



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Programme

MAHLER: Symphony No. 3

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HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. 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. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

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.

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