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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra 
Announces its Programmes from May to Jul of the 2021/22 Season 
Continue to Harbour a Love for Music

5 MAY 2022

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[5 May 2022, Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) continues to harbour a love for music. Today, the orchestra announces its remaining concerts for the 2021/22 Season – a line-up of nine programmes from May to July, including three mainstage programmes, five chamber music concerts and a livestreaming showcase. Come and join the HK Phil to share the power of music!

 

Highlights of the mainstage programmes:

From Baroque to Beatles

Swire Denim Series: From Baroque to Beatles (27 & 28 May)

Fabulous stories, superstar vocalists and tunes that you’ll never forget – the music of The Beatles has more in common with the great baroque masters than you might think! Conductor Fayçal Karoui and Romanian soprano Valentina Farcas join the HK Phil on a magical mystery tour that spans the centuries, with music by Paul McCartney and The Beatles, alongside works from the 18th century by Charpentier, Gluck and Rameau. The results might surprise you; entertainment is guaranteed!

 

César Franck at 200

César Franck at 200 (11 June)

They say it’s the quiet ones that you need to watch, and behind his polite exterior, composer César Franck had a musical imagination that blazed with passion. Two hundred years since Franck’s birth, Robert Reimer conducts two of his masterpieces: the tempestuous musical fairytale Le Chassseur Maudit, and the stirring, storm-tossed Symphony in D minor. In between, HK Phil Principal Viola Andrew Ling plays Bartók’s haunting Viola Concerto – music of exile, filled with song and dance, and tingling with Hungarian spice.

 

Roman Holiday

Lio Kuokman | Roman Holiday (18 June & 2 July)

Savour the sights and sounds of Rome as HK Phil Resident Conductor Lio Kuokman guides us to this magnificent holiday destination. Among the most spectacular orchestral music in the entire repertory, Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome conjure up spell-binding images of the great city, its fountains and forests, and recall its heroic history, summoning up echoes of Roman legions marching along the ancient Apian Way. In between, HK Phil’s Linda Stuckey presents the world premiere of OZNO’s Piccolo Concerto showcasing the small but mighty personality of this tiny instrument!

And let’s not forget a series of delightful chamber music concerts sharing some of the most intimate and beautiful sounds ever created by the great composers. These include HK Phil x HKU MUSE: Orchestral Spotlights: Viola (15 May), HK Phil x Tai Kwun: Chamber Music Series Trio Rendezvous (23 May) and The Joy of Bach (20 June), Tea House Chamber Music Series: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra – Nightingale in Distance (30 May) and HK Phil x Freespace Tan Dun | Snow in June (7 June).

 

Last but not least, the HK Phil will perform new works by six composers at The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Hong Kong Composers Scheme Showcase on 4 June. This event will be livestreamed on the HK Phil website, Facebook and YouTube for the first time, showcasing local talents to a worldwide audience. Join us to hear each composer’s musical discourse!

 

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Artists (Mainstage Concerts)

 

Fayçal Karoui, conductor [full description]

(For Swire Denim Series: From Baroque to Beatles)

Fayçal Karoui was awarded first prize in orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He became Michel Plasson's assistant at the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, a position he held until 2002 in which year he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn. From 2006 until 2012 he was Musical Director of the prestigious New York City Ballet, and since then has devoted himself fully to his two French orchestras and his career as a conductor.

 

Valentina Farcas, soprano [full description]

(For Swire Denim Series: From Baroque to Beatles)

Romanian soprano Valentina Farcas has worked with some of the foremost conductors and directors. She has performed at the Theater an der Wien, Salzburg Festival, Teatro Regio Torino, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Komische Oper Berlin, etc. Recent highlights include Mahler Symphony no. 8 (Second Soprano) with Maestro Fabio Luisi and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, concerts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and Maestro Paavo Järvi.

 

Isaac Droscha, presenter [full description]

(For Swire Denim Series: From Baroque to Beatles)

Isaac Droscha, operatic bass-baritone, holds a Doctorate in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan and is currently a faculty in the Division of Humanities at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Isaac is also the Artistic Director and vocal coach of the “HKUST Musical!”, which he also helps coordinate. He is the Co-Artistic Director of the HKUST Cosmopolis Festival and the Artistic Director of Shaw Auditorium at HKUST.


Robert Reimer, conductor [full description]

(For César Franck at 200)

German conductor Robert Reimer is certainly one of the most versatile of his generation with a repertoire from opera to ballet, from baroque to contemporary music and from traditional symphony to cross-over concerts. He has appeared regularly at major European opera houses and orchestras and in European CD, DVD, radio and TV productions since 2013.

 

Andrew Ling, viola [full description]

(For César Franck at 200)

Hong Kong-native Andrew Ling is a concert violist and violinist, conductor and music educator. Currently Principal Violist of the HK Phil, Andrew has earned acclaim for his orchestral playing and solo recitals worldwide. His appearances as concert soloist have included the HK Phil, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the China Film Orchestra.

 

Loi Kuokman, conductor [full description]

(For Lio Kuokman | Roman Holiday)

Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a startling conducting talent”, Lio Kuokman was the laureate at the 2014 Svetlanov International Conducting Competition. Lio Kuokman is Resident Conductor with the HK Phil and has previously served as assistant conductor to music director Yannick Nézet-Seguin with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the first Chinese conductor to be appointed in this position in the history of the orchestra. He is currently Programme Director of the Macao International Music Festival.

 

Linda Stuckey, piccolo [full description]

(For Lio Kuokman | Roman Holiday)

Piccolo and Flute player of the HK Phil since 1997, Linda Stuckey has enjoyed working with some of the worldʼs leading conductors and soloists including Jaap van Zweden, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Edo de Waart. She has appeared as soloist with the HK Phil and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, as well as in radio broadcasts, recordings and chamber music performances in Hong Kong and the region.

 

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Mainstage Programmes

 

SWIRE DENIM SERIES: FROM BAROQUE TO BEATLES

27 & 28 | 5 | 2022

FRI & SAT 9 PM

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

HK$480 $380 $280

Tickets available at URBTIX and POPTICKET from 6 May 2022 (Fri), 10am

For ages 6 and above

 

Artists

Fayçal Karoui

conductor

Valentina Farcas

soprano

Isaac Droscha

presenter

 

Programme

CHARPENTIER

RAMEAU

GLUCK

GLUCK

RAMEAU

RAMEAU

Paul McCARTNEY

Paul McCARTNEY

 

Te Deum: Prelude

Les Boréades: Un horizon serein

Orfeo et Euridice: Dance of the Furies

Iphigénie en Tauride: Ô toi, qui prolongeas mes jours

Les indes galantes: Chaconne

Platée Selection

Ocean's Kingdom Selection

Liverpool Oratorio: The World You're Coming Into

The Beatles Medley

 

Cultural Partner: French May Arts Festival

 

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CÉSAR FRANCK AT 200

11 | 6 | 2022

SAT 8 PM

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

HK$400 $300 $200

Tickets available at URBTIX and POPTICKET from 6 May 2022 (Fri), 10am

For ages 6 and above

 

Artists

Robert Reimer

conductor

Andrew Ling

viola

 

 

 

Programme

FRANCK

BARTÓK

FRANCK

Le Chasseur Maudit

Viola Concerto

Symphony in D minor

 

Cultural Partner: French May Arts Festival

 

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LIO KUOKMAN | ROMAN HOLIDAY

18 | 6 | 2022 &

2 | 7 | 2022 (Season Finale)

SAT 8PM

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

HK$480 $380 $280

Tickets available at URBTIX and POPTICKET from 6 May 2022 (Fri), 10am

For ages 6 and above

 

Artists

Lio Kuokman

conductor

Linda Stuckey

piccolo

 

Programme

RESPIGHI

Fountains of Rome

OZNO

Piccolo Concerto (World Premiere)

RESPIGHI

Pines of Rome

 

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Chamber Music Concerts

 

HK PHIL x HKU MUSE

ORCHESTRAL SPOTLIGHTS: VIOLA

15 | 5 | 2022

SUN 3PM

Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, HKU

HK$200

Tickets now available at art-mate.net

For ages 8 and above

 

Artists

HK Phil Viola Section:

Andrew Ling

Jiali Li

Kaori Wilson

Chris Choi

Cui Hongwei

Fu Shuimiao

Ethan Heath

Li Ming

Damara Lomdaridze

Alice Rosen

Sun Bin

Zhang Shuying

Special appearance:

HK Phil Chief Executive Benedikt Fohr

 

 

 

Programme

PIAZZOLLA

BRUCH

Frank BRIDGE

Yuet-ming David CHAN

BOWEN

Christopher LOWRY

VITALI

The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires: Invierno Porteño (Winter), Primavera Porteña (Spring) 

Romanze  for Viola and Orchestra, op. 85

Lament for Two Violas

Sauntering on Snowflake (World Premiere)

Fantasia for Four Violas, op. 41, no. 1

Romanza for Four Violas

Chaconne in G minor

 

Co-presenter: HKU MUSE

 

Supported by:

Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong

Endowment Funds for Music & Fine Arts

 

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HK PHIL × TAI KWUN: CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

TRIO RENDEZVOUS

23 | 5 | 2022

MON 7:30PM

JC Cube, Tai Kwun

HK$250

Tickets available at URBTIX from 6 May 2022 (Fri), 10am

For ages 6 and above

 

Artists

Andrew Simon

Richard Bamping

Warren Lee

clarinet

cello

piano

 

Programme

ROTA

RACHMANINOV

RACHMANINOV

BRAHMS

Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

Vocalise, op. 34, no. 14

Symphony no. 2: Adagio

Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello and Piano

 

Venue Partner: Tai Kwun

 

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TEA HOUSE CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES:

HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA –

NIGHTINGALE IN DISTANCE

30 | 5 | 2022

MON 8PM

Tea House Theatre, Xiqu Centre

HK$250

Tickets available at westkowloon.hk from 6 May 2022 (Fri), 10am

For ages 6 and above

 

Artists

Wang Liang

Philip Powell

Linda Stuckey

John Schertle

Vance Lee

Christopher Moyse

Jarod Vermette

James Boznos

Aziz Barnard Luce

Sophia Woo Suk-fai

Amy Tam

Jerome Hoberman

violin

double bass

flute

clarinet

bassoon

trumpet

trombone

percussion

percussion

percussion

harp

narrator

 

Programme

VARÈSE

TAKEMITSU

TAN Dun

OZNO

LOEVENDIE

Density 21.5

Rain Tree

In Distance

Weichi (Go) (World Premiere)

The Nightingale, for mixed septet and narrator

 

Co-presenter: West Kowloon Cultural District

Cultural Partner: French May Arts Festival

 

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HK PHIL X FREESPACE: CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

TAN DUN | SNOW IN JUNE

7 | 6 | 2022

TUE 7:30PM

The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District

HK$250

Tickets available at westkowloon.hk from 7 May 2022 (Sat), 10am

For ages 6 and above

  

Artists

Wang Liang

Richard Bamping

Aziz Barnard Luce

James Boznos

Raymond Leung Wai-wa

Sophia Woo Shuk-fai

Samuel Chan

violin

cello

percussion

percussion

percussion

percussion

percussion

 

Programme

Jing WANG

John CAGE

HARRISON

TAN Dun

Record of the Little Rock Pond

Third Construction

Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra

Elegy: Snow in June, for Cello & Percussion Quartet

 

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HK PHIL × TAI KWUN: CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

THE JOY OF BACH

20 | 6 | 2022

MON 7:30PM

JC Cube, Tai Kwun

HK$250

Tickets available at URBTIX from 6 May 2022 (Fri), 10am

For ages 6 and above

  

Artists

Wang Liang

Gui Li

Katrina Rafferty

Kaori Wilson

Song Yalin

Jiang Xinlai

Megan Sterling

Wang Yu-Po

David Chung

violin

violin

violin

viola

cello

double bass

flute

oboe

harpsichord

 

Programme

BACH

BACH

BACH

BACH

BACH

Harpsichord Concerto in A, BWV 1055 

Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060

Trio Sonata in G, BWV 1039

Orchestral Suite no. 3: Air on G String, BWV 1068

Orchestral Suite no. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067

 

Venue Partner: Tai Kwun

 

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THE ROBERT H. N. HO FAMILY FOUNDATION HONG KONG
COMPOSERS SCHEME: SHOWCASE

4 | 6 | 2022

SAT 8:45PM

Livestreaming on HK Phil website, Facebook and YouTube

  

Artists

Fayçal Karoui

Charlotte Bray

conductor

guest composer/commentator

  

Programme

Charlotte BRAY

TSANG Lok-yan

KAM Shing-hei

Simon YIP Sai-man

Bonnie YUNG Sin-kan

Adrian WONG Chi-chun

Carmen HO Ka-men

Stone Dancer

Waterscape

The Illustration of Buddhist Sutra: Lotus Sutra, III. A Parable

The Lifestyle of a Nouveau Riche

Fimbulvetr

Wail

Somewhere in Between

 

Sponsored by:

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Hong Kong 

 

 

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Fayçal Karoui 
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Valentina Farcas
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Isaac Droscha
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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
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Robert Reimer
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Andrew Ling
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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
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Lio Kuokman
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Linda Stuckey
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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
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