HK Phil Concerts Change Amid Pandemic Uncertainties
“Asia Miles Proudly Sponsors: Joe Hisaishi in Concert” rescheduled to June 2021
28 AUG 2020
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[28 August 2020, Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) passionately believes in the power of music as a source of courage, healing, calm and unity. In spite of these disquieting and disturbing times, the HK Phil very much looks forward to presenting to the community our 2020/21 season that we have prepared with utmost care and thoughtfulness. At the same time, the HK Phil always puts the health and well-being of our audience, guest artists, orchestra and staff members as our top priority. Sadly, changes in certain concerts of our 2020/21 season must now be made.
In view of the latest COVID-19 situation, and uncertainties relating to such matters as global travel and in-bound quarantine measures, along with discussions with our guest artists and related partners, the HK Phil has to make certain changes to concerts held between October and early December 2020, including the cancellation of five programmes(1) scheduled for Hong Kong in October 2020, as well as two performances in Jakarta, originally scheduled for November 2020. We have also had to reschedule “Asia Miles Proudly Sponsors: Joe Hisaishi in Concert” from December 2020 to June 2021.
HK Phil Chief Executive Benedikt Fohr stated, “The HK Phil team has made every effort to retain and reschedule concerts. Arrangements for our 2020/21 season concerts have been continually under discussion, and concerns over uncertainties in global travel and in-bound quarantine measures have been brought up in conversations with our guest artists and related partners. It is sad to see some concerts being cancelled, but we will try our best to bring back these artists and programmes in the future.”
HK Phil Music Director Jaap van Zweden said, “The orchestra and I are so eager to perform for our dear audience, sharing many evenings of our fantastic music making throughout the 2020/21 season, but we will not compromise safety. These changes have to be made with this as the priority. I sincerely hope the world will overcome the current challenging situation and we can all reunite in music and rejoice together in its power to fill us with hope and courage.”
Our friend, superstar violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter said, “I have been excited to return to Hong Kong for these very special Beethoven concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden. Since performing in Hong Kong in 1997 I’ve always felt a deep appreciation for the beauty and respect of the city and people. I am saddened that the COVID-19 situation prevents us from sharing these performances in 2020, but I look forward to celebrating life and music together again soon!”
The HK Phil is pleased to have been able to reschedule “Asia Miles Proudly Sponsors: Joe Hisaishi in Concert”, from the dates of 4, 5 & 6 December 2020, to new dates – 17, 18, 19 & 20 June 2021(2)(3). Maestro Joe Hisaishi said, "I am very disappointed that I will not be able to celebrate my 70th birthday in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, but I am very much looking forward to performing with the orchestra and meeting all my Hong Kong fans again in June 2021.”
It is our mission to share our passion for music with people everywhere, not just in the designated venues but also in other accessible ways. The HK Phil team is planning various projects to be broadcast online to keep us connected, especially during this difficult time. Stay tuned!
Never underestimate the power of music. The HK Phil wishes everyone in the world to stay strong and hopeful. In the coming months, we shall constantly evaluate plans for our upcoming concerts, and we are hoping to maintain as many programmes of the 2020/21 season as possible and to perform live under safe and comfortable circumstances. We will keep patrons updated on the status and hope to see you again very soon!
2020/21 subscribers will receive an email from our Subscription Office on or before 4 September (Friday) about the relevant ticket arrangements. You are also welcome to visit our website hkphil.org for details about the cancelled/rescheduled concerts and the HK Phil’s latest updates.
(1) Five affected programmes include:
- JAAP’s Beethoven 9 (2 & 3 October 2020)
- JAAP’s Fidelio Opera-in-Concert (15 & 17 October 2020)
- Anne-Sophie Mutter & Friends (20 October 2020)
- Season Opening: JAAP’s Beethoven 6 ｜Anne-Sophie Mutter I (23 October 2020)
- JAAP’s Beethoven 8 ｜ Anne-Sophie Mutter II (24 October 2020)
(2) Rescheduling details of “Asia Miles Proudly Sponsors: Joe Hisaishi in Concert” are as follows:
Original performance date and time
4 December 2020
17 June 2021
5 December 2020 Saturday, 3pm
18 June 2021
5 December 2020 Saturday, 8pm
19 June 2021
6 December 2020 Sunday, 3pm
20 June 2021
Kiki’s Delivery Service Suite
Symphony no. 2 (Hong Kong Premiere)
Joe Hisaishi, conductor
Encounter for String Orchestra
The Border, Concerto for 3 Horns (Hong Kong Premiere)
Kiki’s Delivery Service Suite
Joe Hisaishi, conductor
Nobuaki Fukukawa, horn
Lin Jiang, horn
Russell Bonifede, horn
(3) Due to changes in our concert schedule, the HK Phil’s “BBC Planet Earth II Live in Concert”, originally scheduled for 18 & 19 June 2021, and “Swire Sunday Family Series: BBC Planet Earth II Live in Concert”, originally scheduled for 20 June 2021, will be rescheduled. New dates for the two concerts (i.e. three performances) will be announced on the HK Phil website and official social media platforms as soon as possible.