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Samson Young and Lily Poon

2004-09-14

Hong Kong, 14 September 2004 – Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) announces today the inclusion of two narrators to Roman Travelogue, the first programme in its Simply Classic series. Famous artist Lily Poon will appear on stage with children programme host and new music composer Samson Young, to provide description of orchestral classics by Respighi, Rossini, and Beethoven in the upcoming concert. The two performances will be held on 17 & 18 September (Fri & Sat) at 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

Programme includes Rossini’s The Barber of Seville overture, Respighi’s The Pines of Rome, Aria from Suite in G major for strings and organ, performed by the HKPO under the baton of Maestro Paolo Olmi. Also featured is Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with rising star pianist Lukas Vondracek performing as soloist.

Lily Poon is an experienced emcee and a versatile actress on film, stage and television. She started her career in TV as a creative research trainee in 1985, and became one of the main anchors for a large variety of shows since 1986. Her experience covered all media ranging from radio and TV to film and stage. Lily joined TVB8 in 2003 as a Putonghua-speaking anchor, hosting a number of variety shows and English language programmes.

Kar Fai Samson Young graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in composition. He had been a visiting student of some of the most influential composers of our time, including George Crumb. With a keen interest in new technology, Kar Fai’s compositional output ranges from chamber, orchestral to multi-media and electronic. His compositions had been staged in many parts of the world. He had been the recipient of various grants, awards and scholarships including Bowdoin International Music Festival Scholarship (2004) and CASH Music Fund Commission (2004). Currently, Kar Fai is a teaching assistant and postgraduate student at the University of Hong Kong, Department of Music. He is also currently hosting a children’.s programme on TVBQ.

Simply Classic fills the concert hall with a relaxed atmosphere of familiar orchestral sounds, taking the audience on sentimental journeys in time and place. Other concerts in the series include “French Classics” (26-27 November 2004), showcasing crowd pleasers by French composers. “The Romantics” (25-26 March 2005) presents Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, a lush and tuneful work and Tchaikovsky’s noble and sincere Fifth Symphony. “Flute and Harp Concerto” (22-23 April 2005) and “Three-Cornered Hat” (13-14 May 2005) complete this series, which is distinguished by informal on-stage commentary that illuminates the Zeitgeist – spirit of the times – of these masterpieces.

Tickets for “Roman Travelogue” are now available at URBTIX at HK$280, 200, 140, 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).