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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra China Tour 2010

10-08-2010

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[10 August 2010 – Hong Kong] After one and a half year after its much lauded 7-city tour to mainland China in January 2009, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO), led by its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Edo de Waart, will undertake another tour in September, revisiting the cities of Shanghai with an World Expo performance and Beijing, as well as a first ever coverage of the ancient city of Xi’an. It will be Maestro de Waart’s fourth tour with the HKPO since he was at its helm in 2004.

To raise the curtain of the China Tour 2010, “Bank of Communications brings to you: Hong Kong Phil in Beethoven 9” , part of the Hong Kong SAR’s participation in Expo 2010 Shanghai, will be held on 4 September (Sat), 7:30pm at the Oriental Concert Hall of Oriental Art Centre. With a program specially crafted for the occasion, the HKPO will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, a great work that symbolizes universal brotherhood and is often performed on occasions of great public celebration. Four celebrated Chinese opera stars: soprano Liping Zhang, mezzo-soprano Ning Liang, tenor Warren Mok and bass-baritone Shen Yang, together with the Shanghai Opera House Choir and joined by the Orchestra and Maestro de Waart form a dream cast that China has to offer for this spectacular work.

To showcase the energy and diversity of Hong Kong to the Expo audiences through music, a specially commissioned work by local composer Fung Lam, Rong, will also receive its world première on the same evening. The youngest Chinese composer commissioned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Lam infuses the new work with much musical vitality and rhythmic contrast.

The HKPO will then return to Hong Kong and, as a preview of a different program for the next two Chinese cities, give two performances of Mahler’s Symphony no. 7 and Des Knaben Wunderhorn at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on 10 & 11 September (Fri & Sat), 8pm.

As a tribute to Mahler’s 150th anniversary, Maestro de Waart will lead bass-baritone Shen Yang in four songs from the great composer’s enchanting song cycle. Shen, having won the New Voices award of the Montblanc White Nights Festival of the Mariinsky Theatre in June this year and the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, is one of the most promising vocal talents today.

Hailed as one of the best interpreters of Mahler, Maestro de Waart will introduce the same program to the audiences in Xi’an and Beijing. At the invitation by the two prestigious performing halls in China, “Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Edo de Waart Xi’an Concert” will be held on 15 September (Wed), 7:30pm at Xi’an Concert Hall; sponsored by Vanke, “Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Concert” will be held on 17 September (Fri), 7:30pm at the Concert Hall of National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing.

It should be specially noted that it will be the Orchestra’s first visit to the newly established Xi’an Concert Hall which is the pride of this ancient city and is considered to be the best performing venue in northwestern China. A music feast it will be when the Orchestra brings the glorious sounds of the Mahler works into its glorious new hall next month.

Bank of Communications brings to you: Hong Kong Phil in Beethoven 9
4 | 9 | 2010
sat 7:30 pm
Oriental Concert Hall,
Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, Shanghai
RMB 580 | 380 | 280 | 180 | 120 | 60 | 30 (Student)
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Artists

Edo de Waart conductor
Liping Zhang soprano
Ning Liang mezzo-soprano
Warren Mok tenor
Shen Yang bass-baritone

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Programme

Gabrieli Canzon: Primi Toni
Gabrieli Sonata: Pian’e Forte
Fung Lam Rong
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Choral


Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Edo de Waart Xi’an Concert

15 | 9 | 2010
wed 7:30pm
Xi’an Concert Hall
RMB 980 | 780 | 580 | 380 | 180 | 100
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Artists

Edo de Waart conductor
Shen Yang bass-baritone

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An All-Mahler Programme

Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt,
Der Tamboursg’sell, Rheinlegendchen, Trost im Unglück
Symphony No. 7


Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Concert
Concert sponsor: Vanke
17 | 9 | 2010
fri 7:30pm
Concert Hall,
National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing
RMB 580 | 480 | 380 | 280 | 180| 80
Available now

Artists

Edo de Waart conductor
Shen Yang bass-baritone

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An All-Mahler Programme

Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt,
Der Tamboursg’sell, Rheinlegendchen, Trost im Unglück
Symphony No. 7


Ticketing Information:

For programme enquiries, please call:

Oriental Art Centre, Shanghai
Tel: (86 21) 6854 1234
http://www.shoac.com.cn

Xi’an Concert Hall, Xi’an
Tel: (86 29) 400 611 9169
http://www.xianch.com

National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing
Tel: (86 21) 6655 0000
http://www.chncpa.org/


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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