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Story Time! Maestro Robert Spano Tells Magical
Music Tales by Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov
Pianist Hong Xu plays Mozart’s Jeunehomme Piano Concerto


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[31 December 2011 – Hong Kong] Everyone loves a good fairy tale. On 20&21 January 2012, conductor Robert Spano and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) joined by pianist Hong Xu, will present an evening of two fantastical fairy tales told in music by Ravel and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Swire New Generation: “Story Time” will be held on 20&21 January 2012 (Fri & Sat), 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Free pre-concert talks will be given on both nights at 7:15pm, also at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Hong Xu, piano

“Mr Xu was revealed as a technically brilliant, insightful musician of seemingly limitless potential.”

--- The New York Times

Hong Xu studied at Wuhan Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music and The Julliard School in New York under teachers including Liping Jiang, Douglas Humpherys, Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald.

Hong Xu recently made his débuts at Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, gave a ten-city recital tour in Germany, recorded his first CD at the Banff Centre and appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra, under such conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Roberto Minczuk and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

He was recently re-invited to the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, made a highly successful début with the Hallé to which he was re-invited and gave a much acclaimed recital at the Wigmore Hall, London. He will return to the Wigmore Hall in 2012 for a recital to be recorded on the Wigmore Live label and to the Hallé for a series of concerts with their Principal Guest Conductor, Markus Stenz. He is a member of the Piano Faculty at Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China.

Robert Spano, conductor
Robert Spano is recognized as one of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. Now in his ninth season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has enriched and expanded its repertoire through his characteristically innovative programming, and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim.

In his distinguished career he has conducted the greatest orchestras of North America and Europe.

Equally accomplished as an operatic conductor, he has appeared with the opera companies of Chicago and Houston, as well as at the Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera at Covent Garden and Welsh National Opera. With a discography of 12 critically acclaimed recordings for Telarc and Deutsche Grammophon recorded over six years, Robert Spano has garnered six Grammy Awards.

Story Time! Join renowned conductor Robert Spano and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in two amazing music tales, Mother Goose by Ravel and Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov.

“I was a rascal,” says Hong Xu, “Sometimes I would watch television at the same time as I practised and I would get a terrible pain in my neck from craning to see the screen. But my father soon caught on… he would come home and feel the top of the set to see if it was still warm!” Hong Xu has fashioned a glittering career for himself, and joins us to perform Mozart’s refreshing Jeunehomme concerto – in which we experience the first flowering of Mozart’s fully formed genius.

My “Musical Story” Photography Contest
Capture your musical memories!

What memories do you have of your early musical experiences? Whatever there is, take out your camera and capture these priceless musical memories! Enter this photography contest for the chance to have your works exhibited in the foyer of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall during the concerts on 20&21 Jan!

You may:
(1) Email the photo and the application form [download] to or
(2) Post the application form and photo to “My Musical Story Photography Contest", The Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Ltd, Level 8, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The winner of the Best Photo, 1st runner up and 2nd runner up will be selected from each of the categories; Open (ages 16 or above) and Junior (ages 6 to 15). Ten Outstanding Awards will also be presented, and every winner will receive a certificate. The results will be announced on our Facebook on 13 Jan 2012.

Swire New Generation: Story Time
20&21 | 1| 2012
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
Available at URBTIX now


Robert Spano


Hong Xu


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Mother Goose Suite


Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K271 Jeunehomme



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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 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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