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De Waart and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s Performance in Guangzhou a Great Success

12 January 2009

Hong Kong, 12 January 2009 The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s (HKPO) China Tour, sponsored by Swire Properties, got off to a triumphant start in Guangzhou on Friday (9 January) with an all-Beethoven concert in the Xinghai Concert Hall. At the pre-concert press conference, Chief Conductor Edo de Waart, alongside at the speaker’s panel with the Chairman of the HKPO Board of Governors Mr. Y.S. Liu, General Manager (Guangzhou & South China) of Swire Properties Ltd and Taikoo Hui Mr. Peter Kok and Pianist Chen Sa, shared his vision about the Tour and the development of the Orchestra with more than 35 enthusiastic journalists and reporters.

“Although our tour is primarily designed to showcase our orchestra to music-lovers in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, touring is also very beneficial to the development of the Orchestra. The touring experience intensifies the solidarity of the musicians far more than a week of rehearsals, and, by playing the same program several times on a tour, the performances develop and evolve as the music-making becomes more natural and intuitive.” Maestro de Waart explained.

“This is the third year of our relationship with our Principal Patron Swire and Swire is the tour sponsor. Swire has supported the artistic growth of the orchestra under Edo de Waart’s direction and now it’s time to take the orchestra on tour to showcase the achievements of our musicians under Maestro de Waart’s leadership. The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to striving to achieve the highest artistic level and becoming a beacon of excellence, inspiring young musicians to pursue a career in music and inspiring audiences to become dedicated music-lovers.” Added by the HKPO Chairman Mr. Y.S. Liu during the press conference.

The concert in Guangzhou was an all-Beethoven program ending with the Seventh Symphony. Young Chinese Pianist Chen Sa, who earlier in the evening gave an authoritative account of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3, warmed the audience by playing an encore by Rachmaninoff while the Orchestra’s encore touched the hearts of the audience with Walton’s Touch her soft lips and part.

The Orchestra will continue its Tour to Beijing and Shanghai from 13-18 January 2009.


Four performances in the Mainland

Guangdong Xinghai Concert Hall
9-1-2009 Fri 8PM

BEETHOVEN Coriolan: overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts
14-1-2009 Wed 7:30PM

Tatiana Monogarova soprano

R STRAUSS Serenade, Op. 7
R STRAUSS Four Last Songs
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts
15-1-2009 Thu 7:30PM

BEETHOVEN Coriolan: overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

Shanghai Grand Theatre Lyric Theatre
18-1-2009 Sun 7:15PM

BEETHOVEN Coriolan: overture
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

Hailed as “one of Asia's top orchestras”, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is led by the internationally renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. In April 2006, The Swire Group Charitable Trust became the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Principal Patron to enable Maestro de Waart’s artistic vision for the Orchestra to be realized. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances, including a series of outreach activities including the city’s largest outdoor symphonic concert in Happy Valley, Swire Symphony under the Stars. Please visit for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.