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German Conductor Andreas Delfs Replaces Lü Jia in Simply Classic: "Zimmermann Plays Beethoven" (16&17 December)


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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) announces today that conductor Lü Jia has withdrawn from the performances of Simply Classic: "Zimmermann Plays Beethoven” owing to personal reason. German maestro Andreas Delfs will replace Lü for the performances on 16&17 December 2011. Simply Classic: "Zimmermann Plays Beethoven” will be held at on 16&17 December (Fri & Sat), 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

Programme Changes
Dvořák's Scherzo Capriccioso and Brahms' Serenade No.2
will be replaced by Brahms' Symphony No.3 in first half
Beethoven's Violin Concerto performed by Frank Peter Zimmermann remains unchanged

Maestro Andreas Delfs has won critical acclaims for the four brilliant performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in October. Hailed for his great strength and depth in German music, Delfs will return with his insight into Brahms's Symphony No.3. Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann will showcase his virtuosity on Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Andreas Delfs, conductor [Full Biography]
Renowned as a concert and opera conductor, Andreas Delfs is especially noted for his electric podium presence and intelligent musicianship. He currently holds the position of Conductor Laureate at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, where he was Music Director for twelve seasons. He has held chief artistic posts with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bern Opera and as General Music Director of Hannover. A distinguishing point in Andreas Delfs' career is his continuing commitment to contemporary music. He has established a deep connection with living composers and counts among his profound musical inspirations musicians such as John Corigliano, Philip Glass, Roberto Sierra and Hans Werner Henze. Andreas Delfs has also worked closely with some of the world's most renowned solo artists, including Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming.

A busy guest conductor, Andreas Delfs has led numerous distinguished ensembles over the years. He has conducted orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Sydney Symphony. His recent operatic activities have included the highly acclaimed Ariadne auf Naxos at National Opera Washington, and Turandot at Opera Lyra Ottawa. This season Andreas Delfs has just conducted a new operatic production of Carmen at Opera North.

Simply Classic: "Zimmermann Plays Beethoven”
16&17 | 12| 2011
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$380 $280 $200 $140
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Andreas Delfs


Frank Peter Zimmermann


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BRAHMS Symphony No.3
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto

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Edo de Waart
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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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