Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Concert Hall, Tonight, 8pm
As the host of the 20th congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has pulled out all the stops to showcase what this city has to offer the more than 300 delegates in town this week from around world.
Happy Together features both the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) in a rare double bill. The last time they performed on the same programme was for a charity concert for Sars victims in 2003.
The Chinese Orchestra programme comprises three pieces: As the Moon Rises (arranged by Peng Xiuwen), A Thousand Sweeps (featuring pipa player Wong Ching) and Free Imagination about the Yellow River (with soprano Wu Bixia). The HKPO will perform Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Maurice Ravel's Bolero.
Tonight's version of Bolero will be no ordinary orchestral fare: it will feature choreography by Mui Cheuk-yin and 38 dance students from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
'They will be dancing in the choir gallery under the organ [inside the Cultural Centre Concert Hall], which is going to be challenging, given that there isn't much space to move around,' says Mui.
'But the experience is great for the students because it offers them a rare chance to perform with a professional company in public. And the HKPO has been fun to work with, as the musicians have been flexible and accommodating.'
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