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HKPO and Belgium's Best Musicians Share the Stage


Hong Kong, 25 October 2005 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) celebrates Belgium’s 175th Anniversary and the Federal State’s 25th anniversary with a one-night-only performance on 3 November 2005, which will showcase some the most prominent Belgian artists and music of today. It is part of a month-long celebration ‘Best of Belgium 2005’ organized by the Consulate General of Belgium, the Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and the Trade and Investment Commissioners of the three Federal Regions Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.

“The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to be part of Best of Belgium 2005, the largest Belgian festival ever to be staged in Hong Kong. We are glad that the Orchestra has provided a platform for the finest Belgian musicians and Belgian new music to be presented in this city,” says Timothy Calnin, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

WARconcerto for clarinet and orchestra by Dirk Brossé, “one of Europe’s most talented and multi-talented composers’, was inspired by the powerful television image of a traumatised boy in the Kosovo conflict. The composer will lead the orchestra in this Hong Kong premiere, with HKPO’s Principal Clarinettist Andrew Simon as soloist. WARconcerto is a moving journey where optimism and humanity survive the brutality of wars. Brossé will also conduct Les Eolides (The Breezes) by Cesar Frank, possibly the best-known Belgian composer. This tone poem is based on ancient French poem about the mythical Greek God of the Wind.

The other half of the programme will spotlight on conductor Florian Heyerick, a specialist in historical performance, and flautist Marc Grauwels. Heyerick will conduct HKPO and Grauwels in two Baroque masterpieces: J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 and a flute Concerto by C.P.E Bach. He will also lead the orchestra in Sinfonia No. 38 in D by 18th century Brussels-born composer Pierre van Maldere, who has composed over 40 symphonies.