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Swire Symphony Under The Stars:
The largest outdoor symphonic event of the year.
Conductor Perry So, Singer Corinna Chamberlain and the HK Phil
invite 20,000 people to whistle along with the orchestra
at the New Central Harbourfront (Nov 29)

25 NOV 2013

Hong Kong

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[25 November 2013, Hong Kong ] The much-awaited annual symphonic event – Swire Symphony Under The Stars returns! This year, the Hong Kong Philharmonic (HK Phil), under the baton of conductor Perry So, will once again welcome an audience of 20,000 to the largest outdoor symphonic performance at the New Central Harbourfront, with the dazzling citylights as the beautiful backdrop to this musical extravaganza.

The free concert celebrates three great composers’ birthdays – Wagner, Verdi and Britten, with exquisite music from their best-loved operas, including Wagner’s The Valkyrie and Lohengrin, Verdi’s Aida and Britten’s Peter Grimes. From the opera house to the silver screen, the HK Phil then brings you all-time-favourite movie music, from the James Bond theme and songs, to Piazzolla’s seductive tango music featured in Happy Together. You will also hear Newman’s 20th Century Fox  theme, Korngold’s Sea Hawk  Suite and the Romance from Shostakovich’s Gadfly Suite, etc. Joining the HK Phil and conductor Perry So is the talented singer Corinna Chamberlain, who was awarded second runner-up in The Voice of the Stars. In this celebration, the HK Phil also invites music lovers to join and whistle along with 20,000 people at the New Central Harbourfront.

Indulge yourselves in this enthralling evening, with the magnificent Victoria Harbour night view and delightful music by the HK Phil!

Swire Symphony Under The Starswill be held on 29 November 2013 (Friday), 7:30pm, at the New Central Harbourfront.


Perry So, conductor [full biography]
Perry So received the first and special prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition held in St Petersburg in 2008, only the third time the top prize has been awarded. He was Musical America’s New Artist of the Month for October 2009. The following year he completed an extended nine-week residency with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducting four concerts and assisting Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel and Herbert Blomstedt, resulting in immediate re-invitation.

Perry has appeared with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Danish Theatre, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Japan, Seoul and Malaysian Philharmonics, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, New Zealand, Queensland and Asturias Symphony Orchestras, Zagreb Philharmonic and the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia.

Perry So was Assistant Conductor (2008-2010) and Associate Conductor (2010-2012) of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He also founded and directs the Huangshan International Music Festival, set in the mountains of central China.

Corinna Chamberlain, singer [full biography]
Born in HK, Corinna was a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). During her study at HK APA, Corinna has shown her artistic talents and started to shine as she received scholarships and awards. Corinna loves singing & has been invited as performing guest in various concerts and shows, including that of William So and Jade Kwan. Corinna is now a TVB artist.


Swire Symphony Under The Stars
29 | 11 | 2013
7:30 PM (Gate opens at 5:30PM)
The New Central Harbourfront
Free Admission by Pre-registration
Audience aged 3 or above needs a ticket to attend the concert


Principal Patron: SWIRE
Sponsor: Tom Lee Music
Media Partners: RTHK Television Division, RTHK Radio 4
Proudly Supporting: HK Our Home


Perry Soconductor
Corinna Chamberlainsinger


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The Valkyrie: Ride of the Valkyries


Lohengrin: Act 3: Prelude


Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes: Dawn, Storm


Aida: Triumphal March


20th Century Fox  theme




Gadfly Suite: Romance


James Bond  theme and songs


Happy Together: Tango Apasionado and Milonga for Three


The Great Escape:  Main Title


Sea Hawk  Suite






For programme enquiry, please call HK Phil at
(852) 2721 2332
Or go on our website:




Hong Kong Philharmonic
Music Director: Jaap van Zweden

As the city’s largest and busiest musical organisation, the Hong Kong Philharmonic is a vital part of Hong Kong’s cultural life. In 2013/14 the HK Phil celebrates its 40th professional season, but its roots stretch back well over a century. The HK Phil has now evolved into an orchestral powerhouse of 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 for 200,000 music lovers. Featuring an enviable roster of international and local artists, with many concerts presented free, among them the annual Swire Symphony Under The Stars. Through its acclaimed education programme, over 40,000 young people learned about orchestral music last year.

The HK Phil’s members come from every corner of the globe, joining its 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 recently commenced a multi-CD recording project for Naxos, featuring works by Chinese composers.


The Hong Kong Philharmonic is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic
The Hong Kong Philharmonic is a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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