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An all-Schubert programme by the HKPO on 8 Jan
featuring the popular Trout Quintet


[15 December 2009 – Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) presents Trout Quintet on 8 Jan 2010 (Fri) at 8pm in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. During his short lifetime, Franz Schubert produced an extraordinary catalogue of music in all genres. In a two-part exploration of both the symphonic and the chamber music of Schubert, Concertmaster John Harding conducts the youthful and buoyant Symphony No. 2 and leads the joyous Trout Quintet from the violin, joined by guest pianist Chen Sa.

Among the four most famous Viennese classical composers, Schubert is the youngest but lived the shortest. In the 31 years of his life, he produced an astonishing amount of music; over 200 works for piano, over 600 songs, several large-scale choral works, more than one dozen stage works, several dozen chamber works and nine symphonies. 

Many of the songs Schubert wrote were for entertainment with friends. Friendship is utterly important to Schubert in his life, especially when the time he fell out with his father and had to seek financial assistance from them. But he was not unpopular. Instead he was described by his friends as an honest and happy man with a nickname called “Schwammerl”, which means Tubby in English, literally “little mushroom”.

On the 8th of January, our Concertmaster John Harding will share Schubert’s happiness to you by directing his most popular chamber work Trout Quintet. It was a piece written in the happiest months of the composer’s life, when he was accompanied by an enchanting summer in the beautiful countryside of the Austrian Alps (and the host’s eight beautiful daughters). The piece tells of an unsuspecting fish, swimming in a clear stream, being lured into a trap by a fisherman who, in dastardly fashion, muddies the water to obscure his hook.  The Hong Kong Philharmonic will also perform Rosamunde: overture and Symphony No. 2 in the same programme.

Conductor John Harding [Full Biography] is a student of the Robert Pikler and he has an extremely successful international career as soloist, teacher, concertmaster, chamber musician, conductor and recording artist which has taken him all over the world. Fourth prize winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition, Chen Sa [Full Biography] has just released an album of Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky, which received high acclaims.

Trout Quintet
8 | 1 | 2010
fri 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$240 $180 $140 $100
Available at URBTIX now


John Harding

conductor/ director

Andrew Ling


Richard Bamping


George Lomdaridze


Chen Sa


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An ALL-SCHUBERT programme

Trout Quintet

Rosamunde: overture

Symphony No. 2

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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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