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The HK Phil Conjures Up a Festive Mood with Two Stylish Programmes: 
A Jazz Night with Hiromi (23 & 24 December) and A Viennese New Year (30 & 31 December)

18 DEC 2019

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[18 December 2019, Hong Kong] For the upcoming festive season, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) brings two stylish programmes to audience in Hong Kong. In anticipation of Christmas celebrations, composer/jazz pianist HIROMI joins hands with fellow Japanese conductor Ryusuke Numajiri to share her music in two nights of jazz at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall on 23 & 24 December. And to bid farewell to the year 2019, British conductor Christopher Warren-Green teams up with Canadian/American coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt to bring our audience a Viennese New Year in Hong Kong. Two performances will take place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall: one each on 30 & 31 December.

 

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A Jazz Night with HIROMI (23 & 24 December)

 

“Jazz pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara is a whirling dervish of musical energy. Her diverserecorded repertoire over the last 16 years verifies that claim.”
--- Jazzed Magazine

 

What better Christmas present to suggest than to enjoy a dazzling display of virtuosity and compelling showmanship by HIROMI. On the two nights leading up to Christmas itself, the star Japanese jazz pianist and composer HIROMI brings her music to the stage of the HK Phil with conductor Ryusuke Numajiri, himself a strong advocate of contemporary music.

 

Arguably the most famous musician in the Japanese jazz scene, HIROMI made her debut in 2003 and has 13 albums to her credit to date. Her unique musical style is most succinctly summed up in her own words: “Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz.”

 

For these two jazzy nights, HIROMI will add glitter and sparkle to our Christmas celebrations with her original compositions for jazz piano and orchestra, including Place to Be (title track from her 2009 album), The Tom and Jerry Show (from her debut album Another Mind), Spiral (another title track from her acclaimed 2006 album), and more!

 

Concert Sponsor: Chow Sang Sang.
Piano Sponsor: Tom Lee Music

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A Viennese New Year (30 & 31 December)

 

“She combines technical command with spirited acting and a love for taking risks and will certainly soon enchant audiences way beyond Heidelberg with her attractive voice”
--- Opernwelt Magazine (Germany) on Sharleen Joynt

 

For the HK Phil’s traditional New Year concert, the orchestra ushers in 2020 with a joyful and exuberant programme of popular waltzes and polkas from the era when Vienna was the City of Dance and Johann Strauss II its undisputed king. Kickstarted by conductor Christopher Warren-Green, who has conducted at many important British royal occasions, the celebration begins with a rendition of the Overture from the Waltz King’s operetta Die Fledermaus.

 

Prized for her “lovely, pure voice” (Times Colonist) with nicely controlled phrasing and admirable projection, the young and radiant soprano Sharleen Joynt will sing two coloratura showstoppers: the “Audition Song” from Die Fledermaus, and “Glitter and be Gay” from Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta Candide.

 

This concert also includes the Asia premieres of two contemporary orchestral works. Inspired by American minimalists, Robert Moran’s Points of Departure is a musical celebration of dance. The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven, created by the eminent Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, meanwhile offers a quick and fun preview of all of Beethoven’s symphonies. Originally composed in 1970 for concerts celebrating Beethoven’s bicentennial, Andriessen’s work is fittingly presented in anticipation of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020.

 

Naturally, our Viennese-flavoured celebration concludes with the perennial favourite TheBlue Danube Waltz before our audience is ready to march on to the New Year’s Countdown at the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront.

 

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Holidays & Pops: A Jazz Night with Hiromi will be held on 23 & 24 December (Mon & Tue) at 8PM in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets are HK$480, $380, $280 and $220 and are available at URBTIX.
 

Holidays & Pops: A Viennese New Year will be held on 30 & 31 December (Mon & Tue) at 8PM in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Tickets are HK$480, $380, $280 and $220 and are available at URBTIX.
 

For enquiries, please call +852 2721 2332 or visit hkphil.org.

 

Artists (A Jazz Night with Hiromi)
HIROMI, composer & jazz piano [full biography]
Born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan, HIROMI’s piano lessons started when she was six, and she performed her first recital at that age. She moved to the US in 1999, and studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Among her mentors at Berklee was the veteran jazz bassist/arranger Richard Evans, who co-produced her debut CD, Another Mind.  Her second release, Brain, was named Album of the Year in Swing Journal’s 2005 Readers Poll. In 2006 HIROMI won Best Jazz Act at the Boston Music Awards and the Guinness Jazz Festival’s Rising Star Award. She also claimed Jazzman of the Year, Pianist of the Year and Album of the Year in Swing Journal’s Readers Poll for her 2006 release, Spiral. Released in 2019, Spectrum is the latest chapter in HIROMI’s ever-evolving musical life.
 

Ryusuke Numajiri, conductor [full biography]
Ryusuke Numajiri won 1st Prize in the Besançon International Competition in 1990. This resulted in invitations to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and DSO Berlin, among others. He is a strong advocate of contemporary music and has conducted the Japanese premieres of several major contemporary works including Philip Glass’ Peace Symphony, Busoni's Piano Concerto and Doktor Faustus, Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg and Schoenberg's Notturno. Currently Artistic Director of Biwako Hall and Music Director of Tokyo Mitaka Philharmonia, Numajiri was awarded the Medal of Honour with the Purple Ribbon by Emperor of Japan in 2017.



Artists (A Viennese New Year)
Christopher Warren-Green, conductor [full biography]
British conductor Christopher Warren-Green is Music Director of both the London Chamber Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina. Working extensively in Europe and North America, he has collaborated with eminent orchestras around the world as guest conductor over the last 30 years. In addition to his international commitments, he was invited to conduct at the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey in 2011 and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2018. He has also conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra for HM The Queen’s 90th-birthday concert at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.


Sharleen Joynt, soprano [full biography]
Coloratura soprano Sharleen Joynt has been engaged by the Metropolitan Opera, Augsburg Opera, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Heidelburg Opera and Oper St. Gallen for such roles as Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina (Così fan tutte), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and more. She recently made her Tanglewood debut as Cunegonde in Candide, a role that she has performed for the Ravinia Festival in Illinois. In addition to her debut this season with the HK Phil, she stars as Gilda in Rigoletto for the Edmonton Opera, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos for Calgary Opera and the Controller in Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Pacific Opera Victoria.

 

 

HOLIDAYS & POPS: A JAZZ NIGHT WITH HIROMI
23 & 24 | 12 | 2019
MON & TUE 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$480 $380 $280 $220
Tickets are now available at URBTIX.
For ages 6 and above

Concert Sponsor: Chow Sang Sang.
Piano Sponsor: Tom Lee Music

Artists

Ryusuke Numajiri

conductor

HIROMI

composer & jazz piano


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Ryusuke Numajiri
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HIROMI
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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Photo Credit: Cheung Chi-wai/HK Phil

Programme

HIROMI         

Place to be

HIROMI         

The Tom and Jerry Show

HIROMI         

Spiral


And more original compositions for jazz piano and orchestra by HIROMI

 

 

HOLIDAYS & POPS: A VIENNESE NEW YEAR
30 & 31 | 12 | 2019
MON & TUE 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$480 $380 $280 $220
Tickets are now available at URBTIX.
For ages 6 and above

 

Artists

Christopher Warren-Green

conductor

Sharleen Joynt

soprano


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Christopher Warren-Green
Photo Credit: Jeff Cravotta
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Sharleen Joynt
Photo Credit: Kevin Tun
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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo Credit: Cheung Chi-Wai/HK Phil

Programme

J STRAUSS II  Die Fledermaus Overture
J STRAUSS II    Die Fledermaus: Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande
Robert MORAN  

Points of Departure (Asia Premiere)

Louis ANDRIESSEN  The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven (Asia Premiere)
BERNSTEINCandide: Glitter and be Gay
J STRAUSS II  Blue Danube


and more

 

 

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