[3 December 2010 – Hong Kong] This Christmas, the angelic voice of Soprano Lucy Crowe, together with the brilliant sounds of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Baroque specialist conductor, Harry Bicket, will fill the concert hall with joy and laughter. SoundFest: “Christmas with the Philharmonic: The Baroque Chapter” will be held on 23 & 24December (Thu & Fri), 8pm, at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.
The special baroque Christmas program delivered by these two internationally-renowned artists consists of one of Bach’s more celebratory cantatas, No.51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, his glorious Orchestral Suite No.3 including the famous movement usually referred to as “The Air on the G string”, and two wonderfully festive outpourings of joy from Handel: Giulio Cesare: Tu la mia stella sei and Water Music Suite.
Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire. In 2007, he became Artistic Director of the English Concert, one of the UK’s finest period orchestras. Recent opera highlights include productions for Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Los Angeles, Glyndebourne, Santa Fe, Recent highlights include his acclaimed return to Rotterdam Philharmonic (“St. Matthew Passion”), a highly successful US tour with David Daniels and The English Concert, visits to leading European summer festivals and his appearance at the BBC Proms with The English Concert and Mark Padmore in Handel’s Samson.
One of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music and in 2002 received the Royal Overseas Gold Medal and in 2005 won the second prize in Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Lucy has given recitals at the Brighton, Belfast, Norfolk and Norwich Festivals, London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields, Chelsea Arts Club, the National Portrait Gallery and the Wigmore Hall. Lucy made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Belinda in ‘Dido and Aeneas’. Other operatic engagements include Sophie (‘Der Rosenkavalier’) for the Royal Opera House, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Scottish Opera; Poppea in ‘Agrippina’ and Drusilla in ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ for ENO; Nanetta in ‘Falstaff’ for Scottish Opera; Susanna in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ and ‘Il Re Pastore’ for Garsington Opera; Susanna and Michal in Handel’s ‘Saul’ for Opera North and ‘The Fairy Queen’ with William Christie for the Glyndebourne Festival and in Paris and New York Concert engagements include Haydn’s ‘Creation’ and ‘Seasons’ with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra under Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Salle Pleyel, Paris and the Carnegie Hall, New York; ‘Elijah’ under Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; ‘Messiah’ with the English Concert under Trevor Pinnock.
SoundFest: Christmas with the Philharmonic –
The Baroque Chapter
23&24 | 12 | 2010
thu & fri 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$350 $260 $180 $120
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|BACH||Orchestral Suite No. 3|
|HANDEL||Giulio Cesare: Tu la mia stella sei, Se pieta and Da tempeste|
|HANDEL||Water Music Suite|
|BACH||Cantata No. 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen|
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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.
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