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HKPO 2010/11 Season

A Season of Bravos

A stellar line up of artists including pianist Lang Lang, violinists Midori & Vadim Repin, diva Sumi Jo and Japanese composer/conductor Joe Hisaishi to join Maestro Edo de Waart in his 7th Season


[18 May 2010 –Hong Kong] – The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) today announced its 2010/11 Season, the seventh under the artistic directorship of Maestro Edo de Waart, which features 33 exciting programmes with an international roster of over 50 guest artists or groups.

Themed “A Season of Bravos”, Maestro de Waart will lead the HKPO in 12 brilliant concert programmes in Hong Kong and three additional performances in other cities across the Mainland China, covering a wide range of music including his signature repertoire. He will continue with his journey through the music of Mahler, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Guo Wenjing and operatic greats. Outstanding artists’ roll-call during the new season includes Lang Lang, Midori, Sumi Jo, Vadim Repin, Joe Hisaishi, Cho-liang Lin, Wang Jian, Simon Trpčeski, Ton Koopman, Carlo Rizzi and Stéphane Denève.

Striving for superb artistic achievement and music of the highest quality, the HKPO in “A Season of Bravos” will not only bring enjoyment to the Hong Kong audience, but will also spread its artistic wings over three stops in China in the opening month, the Shanghai EXPO 2010, as well as the Xian and Beijing tour, all under the leadership of Maestro de Waart.

Entering its seventh season with Maestro de Waart, the Orchestra has gone from strength to strength, attracting ever increasing individual and corporate patronage. Buoyed by the box office and critical successes such as the recent BeethovenFest, box office in the current 2009/10 season stands well over 80%. The new season also sees another exciting change. Assistant Conductor Perry So, coming out of a very busy 2009/10 season and fast gaining in repute, has been promoted to Associate Conductor, effective end of September. He spearheads two regular concerts in 2010/11 and will be heavily involved in the Orchestra’s extensive Education and Outreach programme.

Great Performers
“A Season of Bravos” is an apt description of the international stars that grace our halls this year, headlined by the red hot pianist Lang Lang. “The Pride of China” dazzles the audience with two magnificent piano concerti by Beethoven and Liszt under the baton of conductor Stéphane Denève in a one-night-only performance. Two Chinese string legends Cho-Liang Lin and Wang Jiang join force in Brahms Double Concerto. World acclaimed Korean-born soprano Sumi Jo returns with a tantalizing selection of popular songs and operatic arias. The national treasure of Macedonia, Gramophone award-winning pianist Simon Trpčeski returns to continue the three-year Rachmaninov cycle with the composer’s beloved Piano Concerto No.2 while Russian violin virtuoso Vadim Repin brings life to the beautiful violin concerto by Brahms.

Swire Maestro
The 2010/11 series features two distinguished visiting conductors joining Maestro de Waart in treating the Hong Kong audience to their magical music-makings. Maestro de Waart resumes his Mahler cycle with the composer’s Symphony No.7 as the winner of the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Prize, bass-baritone Shen Yang shines in one of Mahler’s most enchanting orchestral song-cycles. Famed for his interpretation of Baroque music, the Dutch Maestro Ton Koopman brings his trademark flair and energy to the music of Mozart and Haydn. Italian maestro Carlo Rizzi, well known for his directorship of Italian operas, leads mezzo-soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, whose 2009/10 debut performance with the HKPO impressed audience and critics alike, in music by Berlioz.

Swire’s New Generation
Aiming to bring the best of young talents to Hong Kong’s concert stages, the Swire New Generation series this season showcases four bright young soloists. Violin prodigy Yang Tianwa will pair up with Associate Conductor Perry So. Chinese pianist Ran Jia who is hailed as a “piano poet”, showcases her crafts under the baton of David Atherton. The violin sensation Min Lee heats up the stage with the Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu in the great Sibelius Violin Concerto while Zhang Haochen, the youngest participant and the first Chinese Gold Medal winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, joins hands with the young conductor Carolyn Kuan in Prokofiev’s second piano concerto.

Simply Classic
Free yourself from busy schedules by joining the Simply Classic in which the HKPO prepares three exquisitely crafted programmes. Twin pianists Christina & Michelle Naughton bring the audience the delightful Concerto for two pianos by Mendelssohn while conductor Oleg Caetani directs the gigantic Symphony No.5 by Shostakovich. Argentinean cellist, Sol Gabetta gives her interpretation of Dvorák’s cello concerto under the baton of Dmitri Jurowski. Perry So attacks one of the most significant orchestral pieces of the 19th century, Symphony fantastique, as well as breathes life into the Asian première of Unlocking by young Chinese composer Fung Lam. Argentinean mezzo-soprano, Daniela Mack sings the legendary song cycle, Shéhérazade by Ravel.

The series, morphed from the popular Mozart in the City, represents the six degrees of Mozart, the most often played classical composer of all time. See how Mozart and six other composers featured in the series, from Arvo Pärt to Rameau, are musically connected. John Harding and Andrew Simon will perform his Clarinet Quintet while the Dutch conductor Jan Willem de Vriend leads soprano Mar Mastalir to play a selection of Mozart’s arias. Brilliant Mozart interpreter Steven Osborne joins hands with conductor Douglas Boyd to bring Mozart’s piano concerto no.24 in C minor while the Finnish violin virtuoso Pekka Kuusisto directs and plays the famous Turkish violin concerto.

Great Composers
Masterpieces of the five great musical giants will be played by a stellar line-up of musicians in this series. Young pianist Chen Sa takes her place as Clara Schumann in Schumann’s piano concerto under the baton of Maestro de Waart. Hailed as one of the greatest interpreters of Mahler, Maestro de Waart performs the Symphony No.6 by the composer. Directed by John Harding, the HKPO collaborates with young local pianist Rachel Cheung in Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A while the Dutch conductor Lawrence Renes focuses on the magnificent Symphony No.5 by Bruckner. Riding on the success of last season’s BeethovenFest, the HKPO and Maestro de Waart bring the 2010/11 season to a festive close with the Tchaikovsky Festival. Young pianist Joyce Yang shines in the composer’s star piece, Piano Concerto No.1, while world-acclaimed violinist Midori returns with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto No.1, one of the greatest of all violin concerti. The finale of the Tchaikovsky Festival concludes the season of bravos on a high note with the Symphony No.6 Pathétique and the perennial favourite Swan Lake Suite.

The series celebrates the Orchestra’s flexibility and the joyous sounds of the festive seasons. Young Chinese pianist Chen Jie and conductor Lϋ Jia celebrate the National Day of China by breathing new life into the iconic Yellow River Piano Concerto. Chinese composer Guo Wenjing who has gained worldwide attention shows his pride in his nation’s musical heritage through his special commission from the HKPO, the Dizi Concerto No. 2, performed by young dizi virtuoso Tang Junqiao. Japanese music icon Joe Hisaishi’s brilliantly crafted music for movie sound-tracks and animations has captivated the hearts of people of all ages. Now you can hear your favourite music LIVE as the HKPO performs them under the baton of the composer himself. Conductor David Atherton returns to celebrate his long and fruitful relationship with the HKPO, this time with his talented daughter, soprano Elizabeth Atherton in Britten’s Les illuminations. Maya civilization is revived two nights only through the music La noche de los Mayas where conductor Gisèle Ben-Dor leads Carel Kaaryenhof on bandoneón. Karen Gomyo on violin showcases music by Piazzolla on the same programme. Come and celebrate Christmas in the company of soprano Lucy Crowe and conductor Harry Bicket while Rachelle Durkin celebrates the New Year with her enchanting performance in front of the festive crowds in the Cultural Centre under the baton of Benjamin Northey.

What’s More!
The subscription concerts are the core of the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s 44-week season, yet the Orchestra has even more to offer the community of Hong Kong by bringing the excitement of the concert experience from concert halls to the community. Free outdoor concert Swire Symphony Under the Stars and the annual education project HSBC Insurance Creative Notes brings further reaches the widest possible audience. Watch out for the HKPO in other community venues such as ArtisTree in Island East. Music lovers can enjoy the music of the HKPO on air – a dozen of radio and TV broadcasts will connect the Orchestra with ever broader audiences outside of our concert halls.

The 10/11 season subscription is now on!
Patrons who subscribe by 3 July 2010 may enjoy up to 30% discount and a free Club Bravo membership, enjoying year-round privileges. Students, citizens aged 60 or over, people with disabilities or CSSA recipients enjoy up to 50% discount. Programme details are available on HKPO’s website from 18 May 2010. Brochures are also available at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong City Hall and other performing venues, URBTIX outlets, and selected bookshops and music stores, and many other locations.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the below partners for their support:
BOCHK Charitable Foundation
Bank of Communications
HSBC Insurance
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation
Shun Hing Group
Sunwah Foundation
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Wing Lung Bank

The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Mr. Y.S. Liu delivers his welcoming speech. The two BeethovenFest super stars Susan Bullock and Simon O’Neill talk about the great event
Maestro Edo de Waart and Perry So on the exciting 2010/11 Season
All guests (starts from left) Chief Executive Mr. So Hau Leung, Principal Clarinet Andrew Simon, Assistant Conductor Perry So, Chairman of Board of Governor, Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Mr. Y.S. Liu, Soprano Ms. Susan Bullock, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart and Tenor Mr. Simon O’Neill in the group photo

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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