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'HSBC Insurance Creative Notes' Brings Joy of Music to
Sheung Shui Community through Two Excellent Concerts in
Collaboration with Fung Kai Innovative School Students on 25 Feb

29-02-2012

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[29 February 2012 – Hong Kong] Following the success of the highly acclaimed community concerts in Tin Shui Wai and Tung Chung in 2010 and 2011 respectively, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) once again reached out to the people of another outlying community, Sheung Shui. Under its education programme, “HSBC Insurance Creative Notes”, the Sheung Shui Community Concert conducted by Lio Kuokman on last Saturday (25 Feb) shared the joy of making music with an audience of over 700 in a special collaboration with students from Fung Kai Innovative School.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic, under the baton of Lio, performed three famous classical pieces - Mozart’s Idomeneo: Overture, Smetana’s The Moldau and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1. During the performance, visual arts students of Fung Kai Innovative School made some beautiful drawings inspired by the music. The 75 members of the school choir, accompanied by their music teacher, sung four pop songs between the classical pieces reflecting on the theme of love. The concert was greeted with enthusiastic applause from the audience and not only brought the joy of music to those who had participated, but more importantly, offered a unique opportunity to the students who were engaging in classical music for the first time.

The flagship performing arts company in Hong Kong and a leading orchestra in Asia, the HKPO believes in the importance of making music as part of our daily lives, and has been advancing music education in Hong Kong for decades, a mission shared by the HSBC Insurance, the sponsor since the programme's inception. "We are proud to be the main sponsor of the Programme for the fourth consecutive year. We hope to extend the programme by organizing community concerts at schools in the more remote areas. We believe that these public performances which introduce classical music to children and their communities, not only enhance social integration but also help build aspiration and self-confidence,” said Mr. Paul Menzies, Managing Director, Insurance Business Hong Kong, HSBC Insurance (Asia) Limited

In the 2011/12 Season, “HSBC Insurance Creative Notes” brings the joy of music to close on 50,000 students from 227 schools through 12 School Concerts, 58 School Ensemble Visits and 10 Instrumental Masterclasses by our brilliant musicians.


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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra shared the joy of making music with an audience of over 700 in a special collaboration with students from Fung Kai Innovative School.


Visual arts students of Fung Kai Innovative School made some beautiful drawings inspired by the music


The 75 members of the school choir, accompanied by their music teacher, sung four pop songs between the classical pieces


Conductor Lio Kuokman


'HSBC Insurance Creative Notes' Sheung Shui Community Concert
Conductor: Lio Kuokman
MC: Phoebus Chan

Programme

MOZART Idomeneo: Overture

Shall We Talk*

To Send Out the Love*

SMETANA The Moldau

The Only Thing in the World*

I Really Love You*

GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No.1

(* performed by Fung Kai Innovative School Choir)


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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