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Two magical concerti on 23&24 Jan
a weekend of harp celebration
Sunday Family Package 50% off


[4 January 2010 – Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) will bring to you two magical concerti on 23 Jan (Sat) at 8pm and 24 Jan 2010 (Sun) at 3pm in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Renowned conductor Lü Jia will conduct the Hong Kong Philharmonic with harpist Dan Yu on both nights. On 24 Jan (Sun), Megan Sterling, one of the best-beloved musicians of the HKPO, will join in Mozart’s beautiful concerto for flute and harp.

Young Chinese harpist Dan Yu reveals two contrasting characteristics of a rarely featured solo instrument. On Saturday night, the rhythmic athleticism of Buenos Aires-born composer Alberto Ginastera poses the ultimate technical challenge on the harp. By contrast, Sunday afternoon’s programme returns to the restrained classicism of the 18th century, pairing harp and flute as soloists in Mozart’s delightful double concerto. Leonard Bernstein revolutionized Broadway with West Side Story in the 1950s, and its concert suite bristles with the Latino dances which underscore this modern-day telling of the tragedy of
Romeo and Juliet.

Swire New Generation nurtures young classical musicians
Swire Classic Insights – a great way to know more about music

The Swire New Generation series showcases the talents of a rising generation of gifted young classical musicians – the future stars of the world’s concert halls, nurtures and encourages these artists both from Hong Kong and Mainland China, and makes classical music more accessible to a new young audience. Swire Classic Insights pre-concert talk is a great way to get to know more about the music masterworks before the concert. The talks are free to public and will be conducted in English on Sat (7:15-7:45pm) and Cantonese on Sun (2:15-2:45pm) in Level 4 foyer, Auditoria Building of the Hong Kong Culture Centre.

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to enjoy a 50% discount Sunday Family Package

With the aim to bring great symphonic music to families, believing the shared experience will be more enjoyable and memorable, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra specially designed the Sunday matinee concert to turn your Sunday afternoon into a musical family affair. Download now at to enjoy a 50% discount on adult full price tickets by purchasing a student ticket. (24 Jan 2010 Sunday 3pm concert only)

Dan Yu [Full Biography], the first Chinese harpist ever, won the Gold Medal at the 5th USA International Harp Competition in 2001 and two additional prizes for her interpretation of the Harp Concerto by Ginastera and the solo work Maqamat by the contemporary Israeli composer, Ami Maayani. She was also the winner of the Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society in 1995 and 1996. She has given recitals in many countries, including New York, London, France and Japan. As an experienced teacher, she was Director of the nationally acclaimed Roanoke County Schools Harp Ensemble from 1999 to 2000.

Megan Sterling [Full Biography] is a first class Honours graduate of the Canberra School of Music, where she studied with one of Australia’s foremost teachers, Vernon Hill. She is the winner of a Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Award, First Prize and Audience Prize winner at the 1999 National Flute Competition, winner of the inaugural Canberra School of Music/Ansett Concerto Prize, the University of Melbourne Mozart Competition, a Premier’s Award, and four-time winner of the Leslie Barklamb Flute Scholarship. As a soloist, Megan has performed several times with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also appeared as concerto soloist with the The Queensland Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Melbourne, and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Swire New Generation: The magic harp of Dan Yu
23&24 | 1 | 2010
sat 8pm • sun 3pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$240 $180 $140 $100
Available at URBTIX now

Swire Classic Insights pre-concert talks

23 | 1 | 2010 (sat)

24 | 1 | 2010 (sun)



Level 4 foyer, Auditoria Building of the Hong Kong Culture Centre

Level 4 foyer, Auditoria Building of the Hong Kong Culture Centre

Speaker: Henry Shek, conductor (English)

Speaker: Henry Shek, conductor (Cantonese)


Lü Jia


Dan Yu


Megan Sterling


George Lomdaridze


Chen Sa


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MÁRQUEZ: Danzón No.2 (23/1);
MOZART: The Magic Flute: overture  (24/1)
GINASTERA: Harp Concerto (23/1);
MOZART: Concerto for flute and harp (24/1)

COPLAND: Appalachian Spring (23 & 24/1)

BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (23 & 24/1)

Ticketing Information
(852) 2734 9009
Credit Card Booking
(852) 2111 5999
Online Booking
For programme enquiry, please call HKPO at
(852) 2721 2030

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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