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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Performs a Free Series of After Hour Classics Concerts at ArtisTree, Taikoo Place

25 February 2009

Hong Kong, 25 February 2009 –Three FREE concerts for public enjoyment will be held at ArtisTree, TaiKoo Place from 4-6 March 2009, sponsored by Swire Island East. 26-year old Perry So, the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor, will be conducting 70 musicians of the orchestra.

In a relaxed, informal atmosphere, So will lead the Philharmonic to perform delightful classical pieces including Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie overture and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. Richard Bamping, Principal Cellist of HKPO will play Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor.

Venue: ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, TaiKoo Place, Island East
  (Quarry Bay MTR Station Exit A or car drop-off point at G/F Oxford
  House, TaiKoo Place)
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Admission: FREE
Enquiry No: 2844 5096 (Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm),

Date Programme
4 March 2009
Conductor: Perry So
Rossini: The Thieving Magpie: overture
Respighi: Gli uccelli (The Birds)
Haydn: Symphony No.88 in G
5 March
Conductor: Perry So Cello Soloist: Richard Bamping
Conductor: Perry So Cello Soloist: Richard Bamping
Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D, Op 25, Classical
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op104
6 March

Conductor: Perry So
Greig: Peer Gynt: Suite No.1, Op 46
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op 92

*Programme is subject to change without prior notice.

Perry So
Conductor Perry Pakhin So was a prize winner at the 2008 Mitropoulous Competition held in Athens, Greece, and was commended by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR government for his international musical accomplishments.

So is currently Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, with and has a close relationship with the State Hermitage Orchestra of Russia (St Petersburg Camerata). Among the groups he has worked with are the St Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Weimar.

So's mentors include Edo de Waart, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustav Meier and the American scholar James Sinclair. He studied conducting under Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. In 2007, So founded the YUE International Music Festival based in Huangshan, China, and serves as its Music Director. His engagements next season include debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Swire Island East
Swire Island East is one of Hong Kong’s best planned and established business districts which comprise the retail and office centres of Cityplaza and TaiKoo Place, developed and managed by Swire Properties. Following the completion of One Island East, the Island East portfolio offers eight million square feet of commercial accommodation for local and multinational corporations. A comprehensive range of cosmopolitan business and leisure amenities are situated within the area, including the 1.1 million square feet Cityplaza shopping centre, the Butterfield’s private members club, over 60 restaurants and cafes and some 4,000 public parking spaces.

Swire Island East has been a long-time patron of art and culture and a diversified range of visual and performing art events are held year-round in the past decade. To raise the bar and be able to bring world-class art events to Hong Kong, a 20,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose venue ArtisTree was launched in November 2008. Located at Cornwall House, TaiKoo Place, the inaugural event for ArtisTree was the Vivienne Westwood A Life in Fashion exhibition, a collaboration with London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

ArtisTree is a pun for the original word “Artistry” which means “artistic workmanship, effect or quality, artistic ability”. Like a tree, this new venue symbolizes a nurturing ground where art grows. It is intended to be a cultural resource for Hong Kong. From where, through the presentation of outstanding events from the visual and performing arts world, inspire the learning, appreciation, creation and growth of art in the wider HK community.

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.