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Edo de Waart leads the HKPO on a 80-minute
Symphonic Journey of Mahler’s Symphony No.6


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[18 January 2011 – Hong Kong] Maestro Edo de Waart, the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) returns to lead the orchestra in Mahler’s massive Symphony No.6 Tragic on 18&19 February 2011 (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.
Free pre-concert talks will be held on both nights, 7:15pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer.

Edo de Waart, conductor

“The Hong Kong Philharmonic sounded like a newly serviced engine… quality and range of sound made the impact”
South China Morning Post

Renowned as an “orchestral builder” who has the enviable ability to transform his orchestras into world-class ensembles, Maestro Edo de Waart has held such distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, as well as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. He is also the Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.

Maestro de Waart has received a number of awards for his outstanding achievements in music. He is a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and he was awarded the Order of Australia – a reflection of his invaluable contribution to Australian cultural life during his decade with the Sydney Symphony. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in recognition of his contribution to music internationally, and in particular, his commitment to developing future generations of musicians in Hong Kong.

Mahler began to composer Symphony No.6 the year after marriage and worked on over the course of the following two summers. He himself conducted the work’s première in Essen, Germany, on 27th May 1906. That last movement forms the emotional core of the work and it was to that movement that Mahler was referring when he described it as “Tragic” (a subtitle he sanctioned at the première but did not include when submitting the work for publication). However the entire Symphony is the most unequivocally programmatic one Mahler ever wrote - its programme being the hopes and ambitions of the young, recently-married composer, and how they are ultimately thwarted by the inevitability of Fate - and in his desire to express in musical terms his very non-musical programme, he brought into the exceptionally large orchestra (the largest orchestra he ever employed in a purely instrument symphony), and a strange diversity of instruments.

Great Composers: De Waart’s Mahler 6
18&19 | 2 | 2011
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$400 $300 $220 $140
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Edo de Waart conductor

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MAHLER Symphony No. 6

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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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