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Bruckner Expert Lawrence Renes Leads the HKPO
in the Composer’s 75-minute Monumental Fifth Symphony
One Performance Only!


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[8 April 2011 – Hong Kong] Lawrence Renes – a protégé of Maestro Edo de Waart - has an excellent reputation for authoritative performances of works by Bruckner. At 8pm, 16 April 2011 (Saturday), the Dutch conductor will lead the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) in Bruckner’s Symphony No.5 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. One Performance Only! Free pre-concert talk will be held at HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer at 7:15pm on 16 April.

Lawrence Renes, conductor
Lawrence Renes rose to fame in 1995, when he replaced Riccardo Chailly to conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, in a programme of Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Broadcast on Dutch TV this highly successful performance made the basis for a documentary on Renes entitled A Dream Début.

During the period 2001-2006 Lawrence Renes held the post of Director of Opera at Bremen Theatre and General Music Director of the Bremer Philharmoniker, where he concluded his tenure with performances of Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. From 1998 to 2003 Mr Renes was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Gelders Orkest, Arnhem, with whom he built his reputation for authoritative performances of works by Mahler, Bruckner and Wagner.

In recent seasons, Lawrence Renes has conducted many of Europe’s most prestigious orchestras: including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC and Gothenburg Symphonies, Teatro Carlo Felice - Genoa, MDR Leipzig and WDR Köln, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Danish National Symphony Orchestras etc.

Having studied violin at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Lawrence Renes went on to study conducting at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he graduated with honours in 1993. During 1994 to 1996 Mr Renes was the assistant to Edo de Waart at the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic where he was involved in the Netherlands Opera production of Werther, the Mahler celebration at the Concertgebouw, Schoenberg's Gürrelieder at the Holland Festival and a recording of the Mahler cycle.

He was often ridiculed by his contemporaries for his rustic manners, his simple beliefs and primitive superstitions. But with his mighty symphonies, numbered among the pinnacles of late-19th century orchestral music, the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner has had the last laugh. Sometimes dubbed the “Pizzicato Symphony” because three of its movements open with plucked strings, almost 20 years in the making, and weighing in at around 75 minutes, Bruckner’s Fifth is massive in scope and scale. Lawrence Renes will bring all his considerable charisma to this truly monumental work.

Great Composers: Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

16 | 4 | 2011
sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
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Lawrence Renes conductor

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BRUCKNER Symphony No. 5

Pre-concert Activity
Free Pre-concert Talk
Date: 16 April, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 7:15pm – 7:45pm (Cantonese)
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Savio Lau, Music Editor of Hifi Review

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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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