[9 September 2010 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents the legendary Yellow River Piano Concerto to celebrate the National Day of China with young Chinese pianist Chen Jie as the soloist under the baton of Maestro Lü Jia. In the concerts Maestro Lü will also conduct two Chinese works, Interlaced Landscapes from Chen Xiaoyong and Relection of the Moon on Erquan by Hua Yanjun, and one of the most famous symphonies, From the New World by Dvořák.
“SoundFest: The Yellow River Concerto．A China National Day Celebration” will be held on 24&25 September (Fri & Sat) 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Opening performance is sponsored by Sunwah Foundation while the 25 Sept performance is sponsored by Wing Lung Bank. Free pre-concert talks will be held at 7:15pm for both nights on the Level 4 Foyer, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
“she was more than a virtuosic clone”
--- New York Times
Young Chinese pianist, Chen Jie, is the winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in Israel, the Santander Paloma O’Shea International Competition in Spain, the Van Cliburn International Competition and the Piano-E-International Competition in America. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and Terrace Theater and Kennedy Center. She was listed by the KDFC Classical Music Station of America as one of the world’s “2008 Top 30 under 30”along with Lang Lang and Yundi. When asked the differences among them, she said “each of us has our own merits in personality and style”.
Lü Jia was awarded both the First Prize and the Judges’ Prize in the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy, in 1990, and launched his career as a conductor. In 2006, he was the first Asian conductor to be appointed as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Arena di Verona, the world’s largest open-air opera theater. He is Artistic Director of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra of Spain since 2007/08 season, and he was Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Orchestra.
One of the best-known piece of Chinese symphonic music, Yellow RiverConcerto was first performed to Premier Zhou Enlai in 1970. In the concert, pianist Chen Jie, whose playing has prompted a critic to suggest that she demonstrates why young Asian pianists are today “ruling the world stages”, will perform the same piece to bring the awesome landscape to the audience. A foreigner’s view of America comes with one of the most popular symphonies ever written, its heartfelt themes inspired by Negro spirituals and revisited for us by charismatic conductor, Lü Jia.
SoundFest: The Yellow River Concerto •
A China National Day Celebration
24&25 | 9 | 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$320 $240 $180 $120
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Opening performance is sponsored by Sunwah Foundation
25 SEP performance is sponsored by Wing Lung Bank
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|CHEN XIAOYONG||Interlaced Landscapes|
|HUA YANJUN||Reflection of the Moon on Erquan|
|Arr. YIN, LIU, CHU, SHENG, SHI & XU
Yellow River Piano Concerto
|DVOŘÁK||Symphony No. 9 From the New World|
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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, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 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 critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe. In the 2010/11 season, the Orchestra undertakes a China tour of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The first of which is an Expo 2010 programme.
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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