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HK Phil Launched the Symposia on Wagner's Ring Cycle on 29 November
Ms Florence Hui Hiu-fai, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, Officiated the Opening Ceremony

1-12-2014

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[1 December 2014, Hong Kong] Thanks to the support from the Contestable Funding Pilot Scheme of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) held the first symposia on Wagner’s Ring Cycle on 29 November. Ms Florence Hui Hiu-fai, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, officiated the opening ceremony. Audiences were impressed by the interesting presentations from every one of the speakers.

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001 Mr YS Liu, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, thanks all speakers and audiences for attending the event
     
002 Guest of Honour, Ms Florence Hui Hiu-fai, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, delivered her address
     
003 Group photo at the opening ceremony (from left to right): Mr Benedict Sin, Treasurer of the Board of Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society;
Prof. Lo King-man, Director General of Musica Viva; Mr YS Liu, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society;
Ms Florence Hui Hiu-fai, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs;
Mr Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
     
004 Presentation by Mr Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
     
005 Communication with Prof. Lo King-man, Director General of Musica Viva
     
006 Discussion with Mr. Andrew Simon, Principal Clarinet of HK Phil
     
007 Mr. Joshua MacCluer, Principal Trumpet of HK Phil, demonstrate with his instrument


The next symposium will be held on 13 December with the topic The Appeal of the Ring Cycle.  Free Admission, registration is now open at http://bit.ly/1FHl0xq

Symposium 2: The Appeal of the Ring Cycle
Date: 13 December 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Hong Kong Central Library
Speakers: Prof. Liu Ching-chih, Hon Research Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute for The Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong
Panel Discussion
Mr William Lau, Music Critic
Mr Tam Wing-pong, Member of a Number of Advisory Committees of Home Affairs Bureau, LCSD and the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society
Summary: Today, Wagner’s Ring Cycle retains its position at the pinnacle of orchestral and operatic masterworks. Performances of the Ring are noted, followed and attended by devotees from across the globe. In terms of its demands on performers, its perception by the music world, and even its duration, the Ring Cycle is the orchestral equivalent of the Olympic Games.

This symposium will explore the Ring Cycle in depth, featuring discussions about its themes and symbolism, its interpretation, and its immense influence on western art. The critical history of the Ring will be the focus.
Registration: http://bit.ly/1FHl0xq


Symposium 3: Exposition of Das Rheingold
Date: 24 January 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Speakers: Ms Sue Elliott, Director of Education of Seattle Opera
Summary: With his Ring Cycle, Richard Wagner set out to create a new style of opera that would change the world. The first of the four operas, Das Rheingold, brims with unusual and powerful effects, both in sound and story.

Join Seattle Opera’s Director of Education Sue Elliott for an entertaining and informative exploration of the opera’s creation, its themes and musical motives, and the foundations it lays for the three operas that follow. This guided journey through the first chapter of Wagner’s magnum opus is designed to help you make the most of your experience in the Concert Hall.
Registration: Please visit www.hkphil.org


Seats are limited; successful registrants will be notified by email.

For enquiries, please call HK Phil at +852 2721 2170 or visit our website www.hkphil.org



Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director: Jaap van Zweden

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) is the city’s largest and busiest musical organisation and is a vital part of Hong Kong’s cultural life. With its roots stretching back well over a century, the HK Phil made its professional début in 1974. It has now evolved into an orchestral powerhouse in the region, and an acclaimed cultural centrepiece of Asia’s World City.

The HK Phil is formed on the belief that a great city deserves a great orchestra. Annually it presents over 150 concerts attracting 200,000 music lovers. Through its acclaimed education programme, over 40,000 young people have learned about orchestral music last year. Featuring an enviable roster of international conductors and soloists, the HK Phil performs a broad variety of music, with many concerts presented free; among them the annual Swire Symphony Under The Stars.

The Swire Group has been the Principal Patron of the HK Phil since 2006. Through this sponsorship, which is the largest corporate donation in the orchestra’s history, Swire also endeavours to promote artistic excellence, foster access to classical music and stimulate cultural participation in Hong Kong, and to enhance Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the great cities of the world.

The HK Phil’s members come from every corner of the globe, with a strong core of Hong Kong musicians. In September 2012 Jaap van Zweden became the orchestra’s Music Director. Future years will see an ambitious series of new projects, with major international tours, renewed local partnerships and large-scale concert events. The HK Phil has commenced a multi-CD recording project for Naxos featuring works by Chinese composers and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

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 a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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