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A Prelude to the Shanghai Expo 2010
Bank of Communications Brings to you "De Waart's Beethoven 9"


[26 April 2010 –Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents the finale of the BeethovenFest, “De Waart’s Beethoven 9”. In anticipation of the Shanghai EXPO 2010, Maestro Edo de Waart, the Artistic Director and the Chief Conductor will lead the HKPO to bring the monumental Ninth Symphony with a stellar cast of world-class singers and the Shanghai Opera House Chorus.

Proudly sponsored by Bank of Communications, “De Waart’s Beethoven 9” will be held on 19&20 May (Wed & Thu), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free Pre-concert Talks are available on both concerts.

The Classic First and Monumental Ninth, Beethoven’s Metamorphosis
Beethoven was completely deaf when he composed his last symphony, Choral. Albeit the last, Choral showcased the composer’s innovation in using voices in a symphony while “Ode to Joy”, the poem from Friedrich Schiller was adapted in the final movement.
The pinnacle of Beethoven Symphonies, the Ninth’s theme of universal brotherhood finds resonance in today’s world, and the Symphony is frequently performed on occasions of great public celebration, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall or the inauguration of a new concert hall. With a stellar quartet of soloists and the combined forces of the chorus of Shanghai Opera House and the HKPO, this will be a Ninth to remember.

Susan Bullock, Soprano

“Susan Bullock is widely regarded as the finest dramatic soprano to have emerged in the UK for some years.”

Susan Bullock stunned the Hong Kong audiences as Salome and Elektra in 2005 and received the Royal Philharmonic Society’s (singer) award in 2009 for her performances of Elektra at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Simon O’Neill, Tenor

“He is the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade.”
The Telegraph

Simon O’Neill first appeared in Hong Kong with his unforgettable performance of Sigemund in 2008. A principal artist with the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Salzburg Festival, Simon O’Neill was the grand finalist in the 2002 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions returning as guest artist in 2007.

Ning Liang, Mezzo-soprano

One of the brightest mezzo-sopranos in the operatic world, Ning Liang has appeared in many of the world's leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin among others.

Eike Wilm Schulte

A frequent guest of the Bayreuth Festival and such distinguished opera houses as, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris and Vienna State Opera, Eike Wilm Schulte has collaborated with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph von Dohnányi and James Levine.

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Maestro Edo de Waart

Edo de Waart is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Renowned as an “orchestral builder” who has the enviable ability to transform his orchestras into world-class ensembles, Edo de Waart has held such distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, as well as Music Directorships of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. He has also taken up the Music Directorship of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from the 2009/10 season.

Bank of Communications Brings to You: De Waart’s Beethoven 9
Sponsored by: Bank of Communications
19&20 | 5 | 2010
wed & thu 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$480 $320 $220 $160
Available at URBTIX now


Edo de Waart


Susan Bullock soprano
Simon O’Neill tenor
Ning Liang mezzo-soprano
Eike Wilm Schulte bass
Shanghai Opera House Chorus  

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An ALL-Beethoven Programme

Symphony No.1

Symphony No.9 Choral

A Hong Kong SAR programme for Expo 2010 Shanghai

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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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