[18 March 2010 –Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) brings three family-friendly concerts on 2 April at 7:30 pm, 3 April at 4pm and 7:30 pm at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. “Peter and the Wolf” tells the famous symphonic fairy tale of all time by Sergei Prokofiev and the music of Franz von Suppé.
A Tailor-made Symphonic Fairy Tale for Children
For a great many, Peter and the Wolf is their first guide to orchestral music when they were young. Prokofiev composed the piece in 1936 for both the story and the music. He intended to bring the orchestra to children by the means that each instrument represents one character in the story and a special motif is assigned for each of them. Peter is represented by the strings while grandfather and the wolf are represented by bassoon and French horns respectively and so on. Prokofiev spent merely two weeks on Peter and the Wolf and it got immediate success after its première at the Moscow Children’s Theater on 2 May 1936. At the concert, the HKPO will also bring another vivid and energetic piece, Light Cavalry: Overture by Franz von Suppé.
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Perry So, Assistant Conductor of the HKPO
Perry’s stars are on a steep rise ever since his appointment as the Assistant Conductor of the HKPO in October 2008. His first two concerts with the HKPO back in May and September 2009 garnered much critical acclaim from both the audience and press, and helped establish his reputation as one of the most exciting new conductors in recent memory. Last fall, Perry’s career received a big boost when he was named one of the four and the only Asian conductor in the inaugural “Dudamel Conducting Fellowship Programme”, a much coveted chance to work with the prestigious LA Phil and its Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Busy with a full schedule in the coming months, Perry spearheads the HKPO’s massive annual education programme “HSBC Insurance Creative Notes” and led the Orchestra in 4 ArtisTree concerts in addition to his major concerts in April with the Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and the Fifth Symphony by Prokofiev.
Peter and the Wolf
2 | 4| 2010
3 | 4| 2010
sat 4:00pm & 7:30pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$220 $150 $100
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SUPPÉ : Light Cavalry : Overture
PROKOFIEV : Peter and the Wolf
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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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