[5 September 2011 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) opened its 2011/12 Season last Friday (2 September), with Dutch Maestro Lawrence Renes performing on stage with world renowned singers mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and tenor Stuart Skelton to bring Mahler’s magnificent The Song of the Earth and Mozart’s Symphony No.41 Jupiter.
Mr Michael Lynch, Chief Executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Ms Salina Yan JP, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Laura Lau, Head of Philanthropy, The Swire Group Charitable Trust, the HKPO’s Principal Patron, Mr YS Liu, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the HKPO and Ms Nancy Chan Ha Fong, Deputy General Manager, Bank of Communications Co., Ltd appeared as the officiating guests of the Opening Ceremony
Other guests included: Hon Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, GBS, JP, President of the Legislative Council, composer Bright Sheng, the HKPO’s Board Member Mrs Janice Choi and many other honorable guests.
Sponsored by Bank of Communications, the Season Opening Gala Concert began with Mozart’s Symphony No.41 Jupiter, under the baton of Lawrence Renes. In the second-half, Maestro Renes was joined by two of today’s most brilliant singers Michelle DeYoung and Stuart Skelton in Mahler’s “most personal” work, song symphony The Song of the Earth.
HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
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 programme HSBC Insurance Creative Notes and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, the HKPO has made a number of critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe.
The 2011/12 season will mark Maestro Edo de Waart’s eighth and final season with the HKPO. Apart from his own series of five special programmes which are summaries of his achievements with the Orchestra over the last seven years, ending with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the new season will also attract a stellar cast of great artists and guest conductors.
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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