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Winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
Shen Yang and Maestro Edo de Waart join forces
to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mahler


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[18 August 2010 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) proudly presents an all-Mahler programme to celebrate the composer’s 150th anniversary. World renowned bass-baritone Shen Yang will perform in a selection from one of the most enchanting orchestral song-cycles of Mahler, Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Maestro Edo de Waart will also lead the HKPO in Mahler’s Symphony No.7.

“Swire Maestro: De Waart’s Mahler 7” will be held on 10&11 September (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. A free pre-concert talk Swire Classic Insights will be held at 7:15pm, on both evenings, in the AC2, 4/F of the Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

“The judges rightly chose the astonishingly gifted Chinese bass-baritone Shen Yang…his magnetic hold over the audience was extraordinary. It was one of those "a star is born" moments.”

--- The Guardian

Born in Tianjin, young Chinese bass-baritone Shen Yang is the winner of the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. He received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2008 and made his Metropolitan début as Masetto in Don Giovanni in April 2009 which made him the youngest ever Chinese singers to perform at the Met. His recording of Schubert's Winterreise (Chinese Première) was released by FengLin Records. In 2010, he becomes the Montblanc New Voices at Stars of the White Nights at the Mariinsky. Shen Yang teaches at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

In the concert, Shen Yang will sing in four selections from Mahler’s orchestral song-cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Published in the early 19th century; Des Knaben Wunderhorn is a collection of German folk poems edited by Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano which attracted Mahler to
set music to some poems as a sequence for voice with orchestral accompaniment between 1892 and 1901. Some of these became movements of his symphonies, but 12 remained as a song-cycle published in 1901. “Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt”, “Der Tamboursg’ sell”, “Rheinlegendchen and Trost im Unglück” will be performed by Shen Yang in this concert.

Symphony No.7 witnessed a dramatic change in Mahler’s life and career. Mahler was still enjoying his reputation as an internationally renowned conductor when he started to work on Symphony No.7 and welcomed his second daughter’s birth in 1904. But in three years, he was forced to resign from the Vienna Court Opera, where he was Music Director. In July 1907, Mahler’s lost his first daughter, and even as she lay on her deathbed, Mahler learnt that he was suffering from a terminal heart condition. Since the musical community in Vienna turned against him, Mahler chose to have the symphony premièred in Prague on 19 September, 1908, where the composer himself conducted the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hailed as one of the best interpreters of Mahler’s music, Maestro de Waart invites Shen Yang to tour with the HKPO and present this marvelous programme to the audience of Xi’an and Beijing on 15 & 17 September.

Swire Maestro: De Waart’s Mahler 7
10&11 | 9 | 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$380 $280 $200 $120
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Edo de Waart conductor
Shen Yang bass-baritone

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An All-Mahler Programme

Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt, Der Tamboursg’sell, Rheinlegendchen, Trost im Unglück
Symphony No. 7

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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, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 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 critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe. In the 2010/11 season, the Orchestra undertakes a China tour of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The first of which is an Expo 2010 programme.

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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