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Celebrate the Christmas and New Year with the Philharmonic


[26 November 2009 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) celebrates the festive seasons with you every year. This Christmas, the Hong Kong Children’s Choir will join us again in bringing two joyful concerts with popular Christmas carols for families. To pop the cork on 2010, the HKPO recreates the very first Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s concert which Strauss waltzes and champagne mix in a perfect cocktail of good cheer.

Christmas with the Philharmonic (23&24 Dec)

As the Haydn and Handel anniversary year draws to a close, the music of these two great 18th Century masters forms the heart of the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Christmas concerts, with enchanting winter music from Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons and a suite of arias and choruses from Handel’s nativity oratorio Messiah. Other festive works in the programme include Handel’s well known Royal Fireworks Music and Water Music Suite No. 2, Michael Haydn’s Pastorello, Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony, and many more Christmas carols. Under the baton of world-renowned conductor Philip Pickett, Australian soprano Sarah Crane brings silver-toned beauty to the florid soprano parts and the Hong Kong Children’s Choir brings the evening to a rousing conclusion with a selection of timeless Christmas pieces.

Viennese New Year’s Gala (30&31 Dec)

For 70 years, Vienna has celebrated the New Year with a joyous concert of waltzes, polkas and marches composed by the ultimate Viennese band-leader Johann Strauss Jr and his contemporaries, performed in the gilded magnificence of the Musikverein. Viennese conductor Johannes Wildner recreates the very first Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s concert conducted by Clemens Krauss.

Dress up for the New Year! Our on-site photographer is ready to capture the special moment of waltzes, champagne and good cheer. Dress up in your all-time favourite ballroom attire, latest fashion style from Europe, or true Viennese style formal dresses from the 13th century! Photos will be downloadable from our facebook event page afterwards.

Christmas with the Philharmonic
23&24 | 12 | 2009
wed & thu 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$320 $240 $120
Available at URBTIX now


Philip Pickett


Sarah Crane


The Hong Kong Children’s Choir

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HANDEL: Royal Fireworks Music
HANDEL: Excerpts from Messiah
HANDEL: Water Music Suite No. 2

Michael HAYDN: Pastorello

HAYDN: The Seasons: winter
Leopold MOZART: Toy Symphony
BIZET: L'Arlésienne: fanrandole
And many Christmas carols

Viennese New Year’s Gala
30&31 | 12 | 2009
wed & thu 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$380 $280 $200 $120
Available at URBTIX now


Johannes Wildner


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J STRAUSS II: Die Fledermaus: overture
J STRAUSS II: Annen-Polka
J STRAUSS II: Ritter Pásmán: csardas

J STRAUSS II: Morgenblätter-Walzer

J STRAUSS II: Leichtes Blut, Polka schnell
J STRAUSS II: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald-Walzer
von SUPPÉ: Ein Morgen, Mittag und Abend in Wien: overture
J STRAUSS II: Pizzicato Polka
J STRAUSS I: Chineser Galop
J STRAUSS II: Perpetuum mobile
J STRAUSS II: Egyptischer Marsch
J STRAUSS II: Kaiser-Walzer
Josef STRAUSS: Ohne Sorgen! Polka schnell

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Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. 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. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

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.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.


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