[26 July 2010 – Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) today announced some outstanding and encouraging results of its advance subscriptions to the upcoming 2010/11 season. The total sales turnover of tickets sold and the number of subscribers have increased by 20% and 48% respectively, both of which have broken all previous records.
The 2009/10 Season ended with two magnificent performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana on 2&3 July. Reviewing the stellar 2009/10 season, the average paid attendance was 85% with an increase of 10% compared with the previous season and the total number of ticket-buying audience stood at 108,897.
Themed “A Season of Bravos”, the 2010/11 Season features a wide spectrum of programmes ranging from a collaboration between Japanese music icon Joe Hisaishi and the HKPO, to the world première of newly commissioned work Dizi Concerto No. 2 by Guo Wenjing in the New Vision Arts Festival to the spectacular season-ending Tchaikovsky Festival led by Maestro de Waart. Subscription results showed that “Joe Hisaishi in concert”, “Dragon Double – Cho-Liang Lin and Wan Jian”, “Rachmaninov cycle II: Trpčeski plays Rach2”, “BOCHK Charitable Foundation proudly sponsors: The Pride of China” and “Sumi Jo returns” ranked as the most hotly subscribed concerts so far.
Striving for artistic excellence and aiming to provide the greatest musical pleasure for its audience, the HKPO will present 34 programmes in the new season, totally 61 concerts with repertoire ranging from classical staples to Chinese and contemporary music and specially commissioned compositions. HKPO will present two world première by Chinese composer Guo Wenjing and young local composer Fung Lam. Rong is written for the orchestra’s Shanghai EXPO tour in September. More non-subscription concerts will be announced throughout the season.
Celebrating its seventh season under the artistic directorship of Maestro Edo de Waart, the stellar cast of the 2010/11 season ranging from such international acclaimed artists as pianists Lang Lang and Simon Trpčeski, cellist Wang Jian, soprano Sumi Jo and violinist Vadim Repin and Cho-Liang Lin; to great Chinese and overseas music talents such as violinists Yang Tianwa, Min Lee, pianists Chen Sa, Joyce Yang, Ran Jia, Zhang Haochen, soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, dizi player Tang Junqiao, and conductors Lü Jia, Ton Koopman and Carolyn Kuan. HKPO will continue to bring the popular Christmas and New Year Concert to celebrate the festive moments with our audience on the Christmas and New Year Eves.
Gained critical acclaims from his three previous China tours, Maestro de Waart will lead the HKPO on the China Tour 2010 visiting the cities of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing.
The subscription concerts are the core of the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s 44-week season, yet the Orchestra has even more to offer the community of Hong Kong by bringing the excitement of the concert experience from concert halls to the community. Free outdoor concert Swire Symphony Under the Stars will be held in November to bring the audience a very enjoyable evening. Music lovers can enjoy the music of the HKPO on air – a dozen of radio and TV broadcasts will connect the Orchestra with ever broader audiences outside of our concert halls. Established in April, 1996, the Young Audience scheme aims at promoting classical music and encouraging their participation, the scheme will be opened to application soon.
Details of the Young Audience scheme are available at: ya.hkpo.com
Details of the 2010/11 season are available at: www.hkpo.com/1011
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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