[10 February 2010 – Hong Kong] The movie version of the popular Japanese TV drama episode Nodame Cantabile is coming your way in March. In anticipation of the arrival of the film, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents three“HKPO．NODAME” concerts on 19&20 February, 8pm and 20 February 3pm at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong Cultural Centre conducted by the Chief Conductor and Music Director Maestro Edo de Waart. Young genius pianist Mona Asuka Ott joins us in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G by Maurice Ravel.
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Adapted from the popular manga Nodame Cantabile, the TV drama series Nodame Cantabile gained a huge success in Asia and the movie version is expected to arrive Hong Kong. The overwhelming success of Nodame Cantabile has brought a young new breed of music lover to Hong Kong’s classical music scene. In the last two Nodame concerts held in 2007 and 2008, the HKPO performed a number of popular pieces selected from the TV drama. In the special preview concert of the Nodame movie, we will perform The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, Piano Concerto in G by Ravel, Tchaikovsly’s Symphony No.6 Pathetique, 1st movement, Nocturnes, Op.27, No.1 & 2 by Chopin, Enigma Variations: Nimrod and the 4th movement of the universal Beethoven Symphony No.5.
Young Genius Pianist Mona Asuka Ott
Born in Munich in 1991, Mona Asuka Ott started to learn piano at the age of two and at four, she already played at a recital in a concert hall in Munich. The following years she received several recognitions at both national and international competitions. Her recent engagements include recitals at the Ruhr Piano Festival, festivals at La Roque d'Anthéron, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, the Kissing Summer Festival, the Franconia Music Festival, the Brunswick Classix Festival and at Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall. These were followed by other engagements at the Munich Hercules Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the inaugural recital at the “Next Generation III Festival” staged in Dortmund, a star gala performance relayed by German Television live from Nuremberg’s Franconia Hall.
Maestro Edo de Waart [Full biography], Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the HKPO, had a very hectic fall schedule. Taking up the music directorship of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in late September, he stepped in for the ailing Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine, to conduct Der Rosenkavalier in October, with Renée Fleming as Marschallin and Susan Graham as Octavian. All three performances garnered great critical acclaims. In last December, Maestro de Waart conducted the season’s highlight, Mahler’s The Song of the Earth on his triumphant return after two major US performances this fall.
19&20 | 2 | 2010
sat 3pm & 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
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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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