HK Phil and pianist/conductor David Greilsammer in a cinema and classics crossover featuring the music of John Williams and Mozart
Swire Denim Series: Mozart Meets John Williams (17 & 18 September)
17 SEP 2021
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[17 September 2021, Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) welcomes conductor and pianist David Greilsammer in his HK Phil debut, presenting a crossover concert with classical master Mozart and cinema score master, John Williams. Two performances on 17 & 18 September in Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium. Limited tickets only!
The programme opens with Mozart’s Symphony no. 35, Haffner, which began life as a serenade written for the Haffner family. Mozart later revisited the work and turned it into a symphony which, he told his father, should be played with fire.
Escapades by John Williams comes from the movie Catch Me if You Can. It features Hong Kong saxophonist Timothy Sun, and is in the form of a whimsical concerto delivering the musical message “catch me if you can”. Continuing with the John Williams film score theme, the orchestra will perform Star Wars: Imperial March. Feel the pomp and glamour of this piece as it brings audiences to a different galaxy far, far away.
The concert ends with Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 17 featuring David Greilsammer who will direct the orchestra from the keyboard. The Concerto ends with a set of variations on a charming theme which Mozart claimed to have heard sung by his pet starling!
David Greilsammer is invited through a special collaboration between the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Premiere Performances Hong Kong.
Swire Denim Series: Mozart Meets John Williams will be presented on 17 & 18 September 2021 (Fri & Sat) at 8PM in the Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium. Tickets are HK$$420, $320 and $220 and are available at URBTIX. For enquiries, please call +852 2721 2332 or visit hkphil.org.
David Greilsammer, conductor/piano [full description]
Known for his eclectic and fascinating programmes, conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of the most audacious and adventurous artists in the classical world. Praised as a musician who is never afraid of taking risks on stage, he has created some of today’s most eclectic and daring musical projects, winning distinctions from The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The French Music Awards, and many others.
Timothy Sun, saxophone [full description]
Timothy Sun began his music studies at the age of 7. In 2001 he became the first Chinese saxophone and clarinet student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under a full scholarship for his Bachelor’s degree, where his principal teachers were saxophonists John Harle and Christian Forshaw. Sun completed his Master’s degree in 2006 under a school scholarship and received the highest score in the final recital. In recent seasons, Sun has appeared in more than 100 recitals and orchestral concerts in Asia and Europe.
SWIRE DENIM SERIES: MOZART MEETS JOHN WILLIAMS
17 & 18 | 9 | 2021
FRI & SAT 8PM
Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium
HK$420 $320 $220
Tickets now available at URBTIX
For ages 6 and above
Symphony no. 35, Haffner
Star Wars: Imperial March
Piano Concerto no. 17