[12 May 2010 –Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Alan Miller brings you a very special all-Gershwin programme featuring piano virtuoso Kevin Cole and renowned soprano Indra Thomas. “Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue” will be held on 28 & 29 May (Fri & Sat) 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free Pre-concert Talks are available at 7:15pm for both nights.
George Gershwin, The Legendary American Composer
As the pioneer of modern music in America, Gershwin has allured music lovers worldwide with his enchanting melodies and new vision of jazz music over a century. Born in an emigrated Russian family, Gershwin spent his childhood in Brooklyn, New York. Different from many composers who have started their music training since early age, Gershwin owned his first piano at the age of 12 and at the age of 14, he was accepted as a pupil of Charles Hambitzer. Gershwin soon dropped out of high school and went to work for a music publishing firm and then became a skilled vocal accompanist. He also began to compose some songs and piano pieces on his own. Gershwin reached the first peak in his career by releasing the Rhapsody in Blue for piano and orchestra in a concert billed as “An Experiment in Modern Music” organized by the dance band leader Paul Whiteman. With growing fame and affluence, Gershwin composed an increasing number of famous works including An American in Paris and Of Thee I Sing, which won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1931. The successful of the opera Porgy and Bess opened in New York in October, 1935 has brought Gershwin to another peak of his career.
David Alan Miller, Conductor
David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. He has worked with most of America’s major orchestras, including the orchestras of Minnesota, Chicago, Baltimore, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. As Music Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras.
Recent and upcoming appearances include the Detroit Symphony, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and the Belgrade Philharmonic, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony and his fifth visit to Portugal’s Estoril Festival.
Indra Thomas, Soprano
Indra Thomas is rapidly establishing her as one of the world's major sopranos. The New York Times wrote of her performance at the Caramoor Festival as "a triumph...the audience awarded her a tremendous ovation".She made her New York Philharmonic début in excerpts from Porgy and Bess, in a gala New Year’s Eve Concert conducted by Lorin Maazel and nationally televised on Live from Lincoln Center. Other highlights of past concert engagements also include performances in London under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington on the opening night of BBC Proms in which she performed in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, the work which also served as her début with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis.
In addition, she has collaborated with conductors including Vladimir Spivakov, Jesús López-Cobos, Myung Whun Chung and orchestras such as Orchestre National de Lyon, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and Orchestre de Paris. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Festival de Saint Denis and Tokyo’s Oji Hall.
Kevin Cole, Pianist
“America’s Pianist” Kevin Cole has delighted audiences with a repertoire that includes the best of 20th Century American Music. His performances have prompted accolades from the foremost critics in America, especially for his interpretation of Gershwin “When Cole sits down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work… Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today,” wrote the Chicago Tribune.
Kevin performed with the Nashville Symphony in TV programme Gershwin At One Symphony Place, which was aired on PBS nationwide in 2009. Other engagements include: sold-out performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall; the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center; the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra (London); the Boston Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and many others. Kevin Cole is an award-winning musical director, arranger, composer and vocalist who garnered the praises of renowned composers, lyricists, as well as members of the Gershwin family.
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
28&29 | 5| 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$320 $240 $180 $120
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Oh Kay : Overture
|My Man’s Gone Now|
|The Man I Love|
|They Can’t Take That Away From Me|
|Rhapsody in Blue|
|Love is Here to Say|
|I Got Rhythm Variations|
|An American in Paris|
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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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