Flowing orchestral movements
The celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra never ceased to amaze. First there was a cocktail reception with free-flowing champagne; then there was Ivo Pogorelich performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2, conducted by Ion Marin at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, all wrapped up with a late gala dinner at the newly renovated and mirrored ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel.
The hotel's new decor proved a hit among guests who included Secretary of Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Secretary of Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping, Harriet Tung Wan Chi-wah, Hu Fa-huang, Geoffrey Yeh and Darwin Chen.
Event chairperson Janice Choi was seen celebrating with Cissy Pao Watari and Albert Poon of CLP Power while Wing Hang Bank chairman Patrick Fung Yuk-bin chatted with Kung Lin-cheng of Chekiang First Bank.
The ballroom's acoustics were excellent too. One of the evening's special guests was Warren Mok, the founder of Opera Hong Kong, who turned heads after making a grandiose, almost operatic, gesture when he was heard enunciating: 'Nei mei shek loh.' ('Please help yourself to it') across the entire room to his hungry neighbour, who had quietly asked if he could eat Mok's untouched main course. Generous man.