CLASSICAL MUSIC A Symphonic Portrait. Friday and Saturday, 8pm, City Hall Concert Hall, $240, $150, $90, $65, students $40, Urbtix.
This is likely to be a popular classical double-bill. The Philharmonic, conducted by David Atherton, pays tribute to both the Scots and the English with Mendelssohn's Third Symphony, inspired by the ruggedness of the Scottish landscape, and after the interval travels south for the quintessentially English Enigma Variations, one of Elgar's best-loved works, including the universally recognisable Nimrod theme.
Chinese Orchestral Concert. Tonight, 8pm, Cultural Centre Concert Hall, $100, $80, $60, $40, Urbtix.
An opportunity to hear some large-scale Chinese orchestral compositions, including Bumper Harvest, The Moon In Fall and Dragon, performed by a full-scale Chinese orchestra. This concert has been organised by the Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, the Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, and the Yao Yeh Chinese Music Association as a means of promoting Chinese classical music to the young.
MUSIC Juliet Prew. Wednesday and Thursday, 9.15pm, Friday and Saturday, 9.30pm, Club Bacchus, basement, Hop Hing Centre, 8-12 Hennessy Road, free to diners.
Late-night cabaret singers at Bacchus have proven successful, and the venue has obviously decided to stick with the formula. The latest to be featured is Juliet Prew, capably accompanied by pianist Nick Harvey on the kind of show tunes popularised by Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe. Her repertoire is drawn from films such as Some Like It Hot, Sweet Charity and High Society.
Tiffany's New York Bar, from 9pm Monday to Thursday, 10pm Friday to Saturday, Grand Stanford Harbour View Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Hanna is from the Bahamas and some of his playing reflects that heritage, but he is also a highly capable jazz and blues pianist. The rest of his repertoire includes most of the popular songs you expect every bar pianist to play, including the ones written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which I rather wish he didn't. But he's at his best on Bahamaian music and light jazz and well worth dropping in to hear.
EXHIBITIONS Magic Garden. Hanart TZ, Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 7pm, Saturday, 10.30am to 6pm, 5th floor, Old Bank of China Building.
An exhibition of the work of Australian/Chinese artist Guan Wei, who uses cardboard files as bases for his paintings, which mingle Eastern and Western influences and themes. He likens his paintings to stories with magical scenes; hence the title of the exhibition.
Waltzing Matilda And The Outback And Scenes Of Hong Kong. Wagner Art Gallery, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm, 7/F, Lusitano Building, 4 Duddell Street, Central.
Another exhibition that makes an Australian-Chinese connection, but this time by contrast rather than combination. Pro Hart is a well-known and controversial Australian painter, and this exhibition pairs his vision of the Australian outback as a tranquil wilderness with his understandably more hectic view of this town. The gap between the two could hardly be wider. The outback paintings are inspired by the verse of Banjo Paterson, who wrote Waltzing Matilda, and a number of other lyrical bush ballads.
Those of Hong Kong are just the way he sees it.
CINEMA Wings Of Desire. Today 7.30pm, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Lim Por Yen Theatre, $50, Urbtix.
Wim Wenders' extraordinary poetic vision of Berlin before the wall came down as seen through the eyes of two angels. The angels see the world in black and white until one of them falls in love with a human and becomes mortal to be with her, at which point the film shifts into colour. Made in 1987, this is probably still Wenders' best work and one of the most original representations of the life of a city in the medium.
Last Year At Marienbad. Thursday, 7.30pm, Hong Kong Arts Centre Lim Por Yen Theatre, $50, Urbtix.
One of the landmark films of the French New Wave, Alan Resnais' 1961 essay in disorientation continues to fascinate and confuse. Chronology is discarded entirely and recollection becomes indistinguishable from imagination as the male lead struggles to work out whether the girl he has met at Marienbad is the same one he had an affair with there last year. If he did, and if, indeed, it was at Marienbad. Confused? You should be, but see it anyway.