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SOLD OUT: Two Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
concerts with Japanese composer-conductor
Joe Hisaishi and Korean soprano Sumi Jo


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[6 December 2010 – Hong Kong] World-renowned Japanese composer-conductor Joe Hisaishi and Korean soprano Sumi Jo are joining the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) this week in two spectacular programmes. All tickets were sold out, reflecting the wide anticipation by the public and fans of the HKPO alike.

SoundFest: “Joe Hisaishi in Concert” will be held on 8 & 9 December (Wed & Thu), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. The 9 December performance is co-sponsored by Shun Hing Group and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

Great Performer: “Sumi Jo Returns” will be held on 11 December (Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talks will be held on both nights, 7:15pm at the 4/F Foyer, Auditoria Building of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Autograph sessions with Joe Hisaishi and Sumi Jo will be arranged after the concerts, quotas are limited. For more details about the autograph session of Maestro Hisaishi, please visit

Starting with “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” in 1984, Joe Hisaishi has produced music for 9 films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, including “Spirited Away”, “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”. He also provided music for “Hana-Bi” and “Brother” directed by Takeshi Kitano and for “Okuribito” directed by Yojiro Takita. His works have won many awards including several Outstanding Achievement in Music prizes of Japan Academy Prize, achieving his vital position in Japanese film industry. In recent years, he has provided music for foreign films such as “The Postmodern Life of My Aunt” and won “Best Original Film Score” prize of 27th Hong Kong Films Award. “Joe Hisaishi in Budo-kan” held in August 2008, he made another sensational accomplishment by leading a large group of orchestra and choirs totaling 1,200 people while himself co-performing by playing piano. In January 2009, together with New Japan Philharmonic, Hisaishi conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, making his debut to conduct classic music.

One of the leading sopranos in her generation, Sumi Jo captivated a full house audience in her HKPO début in 2008. She has been consistently greeted with exceptional accolades, by public and press alike, for her performances in the most important opera houses and concert halls throughout the world. Sumi Jo is also in constant demand as a concert artist, both for special events such as the World Cup, an Asian tour of gala concerts with Andrea Bocelli, and a programme of Viennese favorites with the celebrated Cincinnati Pops. She has also won many prestigious awards including first prizes at international competitions in Seoul, Naples, Enna, Barcelona and Pretoria. In August 1986 she was unanimously awarded first prize in the Carlo Alberto Capelli International Competition at Verona, one of the world’s most important contests, open only to first prize-winners of other major competitions. She was elected as “Artist for Peace” of UNESCO in 2003. Under the baton of Zhang Guoyong, the President and Artistic Director of the Shanghai Opera House, Sumi Jo will dazzle the audience in a tantalizing selection of popular operatic classics of Rossini, Handel, Puccini and Verdi etc.

SoundFest: Joe Hisaishi in concert

8&9 | 12 | 2010
wed & thu 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Full House

9 Dec Perforamnce is co-sponsored by
Shun Hing Group
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ


Joe Hisaishi conductor

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Programme (Programme is subject to change)

MKWAJU 1981-2009
Prime of Youth

The End of the World

II. Grace of the St. Paul
III. Beyond the World
Kiki’s Delivery Service
One Summer’s Day
Water Traveller
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Oriental Wind

Great Performers: Sumi Jo returns
11 | 12 | 2010
sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Full House


Zhang Guoyong conductor
Sumi Jo soprano

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ROSSINI Semiramide: Overture
DONIZETTI Linda di Chamounix: O luce di quest’anima
HANDEL Rinaldo: Lascia ch’io pianga
PUCCINI  Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo
BELLINI  I Puritani: Qui la voce sua soave
VERDI    La Traviata: Prelude to Act III
ADAM    Le Toréador: Ah, vous dirai-je, maman
LEHÁR   The Merry Widow: Vilja’s song
VERDI    I Vespri Siciliani: Spring
BERNSTEIN Candide: Glitter and Be Gay

Ticketing Information
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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, 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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