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HKPO and R4 celebrates 30 Years of Fine Music

2004-06-24

The two “finale” concerts in HKPO’s 2003/04 season will be held on 9 & 10 July (Fri & Sat) at 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

“I am very happy to be celebrating the great 30-year partnership of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and RTHK Radio 4. I hope we enjoy another 30 years in which the performances of the Orchestra are able to reach out beyond the concert hall, and to be heard by the whole community of Hong Kong,” said Edo de Waart.

“RTHK Radio 4, Hong Kong's only fine music channel, is committed to continuously provide the people of Hong Kong with the very best selection of fine music programming. While we jointly celebrate our 30th anniversary with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio 4 looks forward to more fruitful collaborations with the Orchestra, hence exposing world-class music to an even wider audience," commented Amy Kwong, Head of Radio 4.

The winner among 14 orchestral favourites in a public polling organised by HKPO and R4 earlier this year, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor is known as a work that defines orchestral music. The symphony, nicknamed Fate, engrosses audiences in drama, tumult and energy – qualities that make it as compelling today as it was when it rocked the foundations of music history two centuries ago.

On 21 & 22 May this year, Edo de Waart conducted his first concerts with the HKPO since his appointment, winning praises from critics. South China Morning Post commented, “[HKPO] appeared almost transformed under the internationally famous maestro’s baton, displaying a sparkling and focused tone.” Financial Times said, “[de Waart’s] most recent appearances with the orchestra last week bode well for next season.”

Edo de Waart assumes the position of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s Artistic Director and Chief Conductor from the 2004/05 Season. In December 2004, he will leave his position as Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, an appointment he has held since 1989. Until recently, he was Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera and Chief Conductor/Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Previous appointments have included Music Directorships of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Elmar Oliveira is a winner of the Gold Medal at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky International Competition(1978), and the first violinist awarded the Avery Fisher Prize (1983). Oliveira plays with an old-world elegance reminiscent of Nathan Milstein, and The New York Times praised the violinist as “a major artist in the very top international echelon.”

Tickets are now available at URBTIX at HK$280, 180, 120, and 80.

Visit the HKPO website for more information at www.hkpo.com For enquiries, please call Ring-the-Phil at 2312 6103. Tickets are available through reservation at 2734 9009 (URBTIX), online (www.urbtix.gov.hk) or Credit Card Booking at 2111 5999 (Cityline).

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