Twin Sisters Chau Lok Ping and Lok Ting in
Swire Sunday Family Series: Peter & The Wolf and more
20 APR 2017
[20 April 2017, Hong Kong] Swire Sunday Family Series: Peter & The Wolf and more is any child’s dream concert – the three most popular pieces of classical music for kids all in one fantastic programme presented by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil). On Sunday, 15 May at 3pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, twin-sister pianists and Hong Kong born and grown Chau Lok Ping and Lok Ting are starring in the amusing Carnival of the Animals. And Kiss Kiss Kids radio personality Chu Fun E will be your delightful storyteller throughout the afternoon.
Russian composer Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf was specially written for children. It tells the story of how Peter disobeyed his grandfather and ventured out into the forest. He encountered the Wolf but outwitted it, saved his animal friends and lived to tell the tale. Each character is represented by one of the instruments in the orchestra.
Saint-Saëns was one of France’s greatest composers, and in his Carnival of the Animals draws vivid musical pictures of animals in a zoo. Featured in this amusing piece are the twin-sister piano duo Chow Lok Ping and Lok Ting, who have gained wide recognition for their musicality and their fascinating match of sound.
Finally in the programme is The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by English composer Benjamin Britten, a piece specially composed to introduce the instruments of an orchestra to young people. Audiences will hear the four families of orchestral instruments individually before hearing them all combined into a very special musical device called a Fugue!
Swire Sunday Family Series: Peter & the Wolf and Morewill be held on 15 May (Sun) at 3PMin the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Ticket prices: HK$380, $280, $180, $120 are now available at URBTIX. For enquiries, please call +852 2721 2332 or visit www.hkphil.org
Gerard Salonga, conductor [full biography]
Gerard Salonga is a multi-award-winning musical director, conductor and arranger. He has worked with some of Asia’s brightest musical artists, including Lea Salonga, Wang Leehom, Hins Cheung, Elisa Chan and Wu Tong. He has won the Aliw Award (the Philippines’ top live performance award) for Best Musical Director four times, and was inducted into the Aliw Hall of Fame in 2010. Gerard was honoured by the President of the Philippines in 2012 as one of The Outstanding Young Men, the Philippines’ highest civilian award to achievers under the age of 40.
Chau Lok Ping & Chow Lok Ting, duo piano [full biography]
Twin sisters Lok Ping and Lok Ting Chau have gained wide recognition for their musicality and their fascinating matche of sound. They began their musical education at the age of five and trained as a duo at the “Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien” in Hannover, Germany, at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with full scholarships and support from the German DAAD Scholarship and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Their teachers and mentors included Eleanor Wong, Alexander Tamir, duo Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov, duo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen.
SWIRE SUNDAY FAMILY SERIES: PETER & THE WOLF AND MORE
14 | 5 | 2017
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$380 $280 $180 $120
Tickets are now available at URBTIX
For ages 3 and above
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Chau Lok Ting & Chau Lok Ping
Chu Fun E
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Peter and the Wolf
Carnival of the Animals
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director: Jaap van Zweden
Principal Guest Conductor: Yu Long
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) is recognised as Asia’s foremost classical orchestra. The Orchestra presents more than 150 concerts over a 44-week season and attracts more than 200,000 music lovers annually.
Jaap van Zweden, one of today’s most sought-after conductors, has been the Orchestra’s Music Director since the 2012/13 concert season, a position he will continue to hold until at least 2022. In addition, Maestro van Zweden will also be the next Music Director of the New York Philharmonic starting with the 2018/19 season.
Yu Long was appointed for an initial three-year term in the 2015/16 season as Principal Guest Conductor.
Under Maestro van Zweden, the HK Phil is undertaking a variety of initiatives including a four-year project to perform and record the complete Ring of the Nibelung (Richard Wagner). The Orchestra is in the third of this four-year journey, performing one opera annually in concert. The performances being recorded live for the Naxos label are winning rave reviews internationally; and mark the first performances by a Hong Kong or mainland Chinese orchestra of the entire Ring cycle.
Also under van Zweden, the orchestra has toured to Taiwan, Europe and Mainland China. The orchestra will undertake an ambitious five-city tour to Seoul, Osaka, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney in April and May 2017 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.
Conductors and soloists who have recently performed with the orchestra include Yo-Yo Ma, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ning Feng, Matthias Goerne, Lang Lang, Yu Long, Yundi Li, the late Lorin Maazel, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yuja Wang.
The HK Phil promotes the work of Hong Kong and Chinese composers through an active commissioning programme, and has released recordings featuring Tan Dun and Bright Sheng, each conducting their own compositions, on the Naxos label. Its acclaimed community engagement programme brings music to tens of thousands of children annually. A recording was issued free to schoolchildren throughout Hong Kong of Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony.
The Swire Group has been the Principal Patron of the HK Phil since 2006. Through this sponsorship, which is the largest in the orchestra’s history, Swire also endeavours to promote artistic excellence, foster access to classical music and stimulate cultural participation in Hong Kong, and to enhance Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the great cities of the world.
Thanks to a significant subsidy from the Hong Kong Government and long-term funding from Principal Patron Swire, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and other supporters, the HK Phil now boasts a full-time annual schedule of classical music concerts, pops concerts, an extensive education programme, and collaborations for staged opera with Opera Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
The Orchestra celebrated its 40th season as a professional orchestra in 2013/14.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.