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Ring in the New Year with José Carreras and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

2 January 2007

Hong Kong, 2 January 2007 – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will present its first concerts in the year 2007 with the world-famous Spanish tenor José Carreras. Hailed as one of the world's top 'Three Tenors', Carreras will be singing a number of songs and arias around the theme of love, with guest conductor David Giménez on the podium and a guest appearance by Italian cross-over soprano Giorgia Fumanti. A Gala Evening with José Carreras, to be held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on 3 and 4 January at 8pm, is proudly sponsored by Bank of China (Hong Kong), in celebration of its 90th Anniversary.

José Carreras occupies a privileged position in the music world. Born in Barcelona, he started his professional career in 1970 in the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona in Nabucco and Lucrezia Borgia. His meteoric musical career resulted in early débuts at the world's most prestigious opera theatres and festivals such as the Royal Opera House in London, the Vienna State Opera and La Scala, Milan. He has since then sung in over 60 operas and appeared in the world's top concert venues with distinguished musicians. The 3 Tenors concerts performed by José Carreras together with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti are now legendary. In 1992 José Carreras was engaged as Musical Director of the Olympic Games held in Barcelona. Since 1988, he presides over the José Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation established in Barcelona, with branches in the United States, Switzerland and Germany. "I want to give Hong Kong a message of peace and harmony through my music," said José Carreras. "I never lost faith in my life and my career ...throughout the process of my treatment and rehabilitation I learnt that one must have a positive outlook on life."

Born in Barcelona, David Giménez studied at the Conservatori del Liceu, Barcelona, at the Hochschule für Musik, Vienna, and at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Since making his debut with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in July 1994, he has conducted prominent vocal and instrumental soloists worldwide. Giménez is the Music Director of the Orquesta Simfònica del Vallès.

Italian crossover soprano Giorgia Fumanti is a woman of many dimensions. Largely inspired by the works of Vangelis, Ennio Morricone and other noted film composers, she also composes her own music and writes her own lyrics. Some have tried to label her music as classical, world, pop or crossover, but in fact her music combines all of these elements. Giorgia was a member of the famous award-winning choir Il Convitto Armonico, known primarily for its ancient and medieval music in La Spezia, Italy.

Programme Information:
Bank of China (Hong Kong) proudly sponsors
A Gala Evening with José Carreras

3&4 | 1 | 2007
Wednesday & Thursday
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
8 PM
$1,800, $1,400, $880, $580, $280
Available at URBTIX now
Reservations: 2734 9009
Credit Card booking: 2111 5999
Enquiries: 2721 2030

José Carreras, tenor
David Giménez, conductor
Giorgia Fumanti, guest artist

Programme includes
Costa          Luna Nova (The New Moon)
Donizetti      Ti voglio bene assai (I love you so much)
Tosti            Marechiare
Gastaldon     Musica proibita (Forbidden Song)
Gounod        Ave Maria
Lehár          Duet from Merry Widow
Gardel         Lejana Tierra mia (My Distant Land)

Bank of China (Hong Kong) is the title sponsor of A Gala Evening with José Carreras.

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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is rapidly emerging as Asia's leading orchestra, since internationally renowned Edo de Waart joined as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor in the 2004/05 Season. Throughout the last three decades, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. It gives over a hundred performances annually, many of which are highly anticipated events in the city's cultural calendar. The Hong Kong Philharmonic reaches out to the community with such diverse activities as a comprehensive music-in-education programme for primary and secondary school students, performances at university campuses, an annual project with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to help nurture aspiring professionals, free pre-concert talks that provides in-depth knowledge of music and musicians and an open-air concert that gives the public free access to classical music.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is subvented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.