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Meet Mozart the Serious & Brahms the Buoyant at the
HKPO’s Mozart +: “Stormy Mozart Sunny Brahms” on 6 & 7 May


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[14 April 2011 – Hong Kong] Conductor Douglas Boyd and pianist Steven Osborne will join the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) for a special programme of Mozart and Brahms. “Mozart +: “Stormy Mozart Sunny Brahms” will be held on 6 & 7 May, 2011 (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talks will be held on both nights at 7:15pm at the HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer.

Steven Osborne, piano

“Steven Osborne is an ideal Mozart pianist who has the technique to produce tone effortlessly and the sense of style for a musically insightful interpretation.”

--- Aamuleti

One of Britain’s foremost musicians, Steven Osborne has won numerous awards and prizes including the 2009 Gramophone Award for his recording of Britten’s works for piano and orchestra, as well as first prize at both the Naumburg International Competition (New York) and Clara Haskil Competition. His recording of Rachmaninov’s 24 Preludes was chosen as “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, International Record Review, Musical Opinion and The Daily Telegraph. Recently he has worked with the NHK Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with many renowned conductors, including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sir Charles Mackerras. He has made eight appearances at the Proms, most recently in September 2010.

Douglas Boyd, conductor

“There is nothing overly fancy…in Douglas Boyd’s taut conducting.”

---The Times

Douglas Boyd is currently Music Director of Manchester Camerata and Chief Conductor of Musikkollegium Winterthur. He regularly appears with many of the famous orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Budapest Festival Orchestra. Recently he made a hugely successful visit to Australia conducting both the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras for the first time. He will return to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2011 for a major three-week project.

Meet Mozart the Serious and Brahms the Buoyant. A role reversal of sort, this striking program unveils the sides of the two music legends you rarely see. Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue is written in C minor which had a special significance for himself, as is the 24th Piano Concerto, described as “One of the finest things conceived by human genius”. Mozart wrote it in a hurry, but his genius shines through every single moment of this glorious work, especially when performed by such a brilliant Mozart interpreter as Steven Osborne. British conductor Douglas Boyd balances these two examples of stormy Mozart with one of Brahms at his sunniest. As the composer himself proudly recalled, the première of his first Serenade “really seemed to reach the audience”.

Mozart+: The 24th Piano Concerto in C minor
6&7 | 5 | 2011
fri & sat 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$320 $260 $200 $140
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Douglas Boyd conductor
Steven Osborne piano

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MOZART   Adagio and Fugue in C minor
MOZART   Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491
BRAHMS Serenade No. 1

Pre-concert Activity
Free Pre-concert Talk
Date: 6 May, 2011 (Friday)
Time: 7:15pm – 7:45pm (English)
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Dr. Georg Predota, Musicologist

Free Pre-concert Talk
Date: 7 May, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 7:15pm – 7:45pm (Cantonese)
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Dr. Teresa Suen, Part-time Lecturer, Department of Music, CUHK

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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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