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Sparkling Brilliance

2004-09-10

Hong Kong, 10 September 2004 – Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) opened its widely-anticipated 2004/05 Season tonight at 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, featuring the world premiere of Clarence Mak’s Voice of the Harbour, as well as superstar violinist Joshua Bell as the soloist in Brahms’ Violin Concerto, conducted by HKPO Principal Conductor Samuel Wong. HKPO took the opportunity to announce an exciting fundraising event before the concert: more than 20 local celebrities and jewelry companies will donate over 40 pieces of jewelry for a fundraising jewelry auction, hosted by Sotheby’s Hong Kong Limited, which will be held on 1 November 2004 at Island Shangri-la, Hong Kong.

Jewelry donors include Mr and Mrs Hu Fa-kuang (Chairman of the General Committee, Hong Kong Philharmonic Society), Mr and Mrs Patrick Ho, Mrs Camay Wong, Ms Pansy Ho, Ms Kai Yin Lo, Ms Gigi Fu, Mrs Helen Fong, Mrs Ivy Lau, Mrs Lumen Kinoshita, Ms Rebecca Pan, Ms Mowana Tse and the Chairman of this fundraising event, Mrs Janice Choi. Almost all donated items of individual donors are from their private collections, which reflects the individual tastes and preferences of their owners. A delightful exception is the item donated by Mrs. Camay Wong, which was specially made by her company Voleri Gioiellerie for this fundraising auction.

Jewelry companies who are taking part in this project include Continental Holdings Ltd, Nelson Jewelry Arts Co. Ltd., Hang Fung Jewellery Co. Ltd, The Grand Regalia, Emperor Watch & Jewellery Co. Ltd., Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co. Ltd., Jadeite Collection Ltd., and Myer Jewelry Manufacturing Ltd. All the items donated by them are carefully selected for the fundraising auction according to the uniqueness of their products.

This is the first fundraising jewelry auction organized by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a first-time collaboration between HKPO and Sotheby’s. At the press conference, Mr Hu Fa-kuang, Chairman of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society’s General Committee, presented a souvenir to Sotheby’s as a token of appreciation for their support of this meaningful project.

To thank the donors, they are presented with plagues and are invited to the annual ‘Donors’ Concert’. Those who are interested in becoming Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s Club Maestro members have chosen to exchange the value of their donation for a year’s membership, which enables them to enjoy such benefits as VIP tickets and exclusive priority booking service.

In addition, those who made a successful bid at the fundraising jewelry auction will also win a year’s Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Club Bravo membership, which enables them to enjoy year-round ticket purchase discounts and other offers.

Mrs Janice Choi, Chairperson of the HKPO - Sotheby’s Charity Auction, said: “This is the first time that HKPO collaborates with Sotheby’s, and the response has been most enthusiastic. All donors have an eye for perfection, who enjoy collecting exquisite works of art such as jewelry and accessories, as well as listening to tasteful and elegant classical music. Net proceeds of the auction will all go to the excellent Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for its annual fund, student ticket fund and long term development.”

Mr Paul Leung, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, said: “The Hong Kong Philharmonic begins a new page in history in the 2004/05 Season, under the helm of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Edo de Waart. In order to continue our pursuit of excellence, and pass on this fine culture to the next generation, we need all the support we can get from the Hong Kong community. This fundraising auction is a good start, which will be followed by charity walks and a raffle ticket draw from December to next February.”

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is a not-for-profit organization. For over a century, the Orchestra has been at the heart of the musical and artistic life of Hong Kong. Since it turned professional in 1974, it has gradually built up a fine reputation, bringing great music to audiences throughout the region and attracting the world’s finest artists to perform in its diverse and vibrant annual concert season. It gave over 120 performances last season, and its free concerts benefited 50,000 students from more than 300 schools.

Edo de Waart’s first season as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor includes many highlights, such as the commencement of a complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, concert performances of Richard Strauss’s one-act opera Salome with a stellar cast of singers, appearances with such outstanding soloists as Emanuel Ax, Sarah Chang and Truls Mørk and a world premiere written specially for the Orchestra by Guo Wenjing.