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  1. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Perseverance pays off for couple who founded the Chopin Society of Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:00am by Sam Olluver

    ... Sam Olluver Chopin Society brings talented classical music performers to Hong Kong Play for keeps When Andrew Freris and his wife Anabella Levin-Freris bought a flat in London's Eaton Square in 1994, the Hong Kong-based couple discovered that Polish composer Frédéric Chopin had performed in their new apartment in 1848. Such salon recitals were common in Chopin's time, ...

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    Review: Trey Lee Nostalgia - A National Day Celebration

    Posted Oct 01st 2013, 12:00am by Sam Olluver

    ... Sam Olluver Trey Lee Nostalgia - A National Day Celebration Hong Kong Philharmonic Cultural Centre Concert Hall Reviewed: September 27 There were three titles for this concert. ... is more intriguing." On this occasion, perhaps not. Sam Olluver ...

  3. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - REVIEWS

    Review: Emperor and New World

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:00am by Sam Olluver

    ... Sam Olluver Emperor and New World Hong Kong Philharmonic Cultural Centre Concert Hall Reviewed: September 6 The Hong Kong Philharmonic opened its 40th anniversary season on Friday ... tunes and undemonstrative statements sat happily with the lucid short block of interweaving melody lines. Sam Olluver ...

  4. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Review: Rousing 'Beethoven and Brahms' concert held back by duel personality

    Posted Aug 20th 2013, 12:00am by Sam Olluver

    ... Sam Olluver Beethoven and Brahms Hong Kong Sinfonietta City Hall Concert Hall Reviewed: August 17 The 70 young singers drawn from choirs across the city and trained especially ... the programme. The performance had the dramatic shifts in character and sonority, but lacked tightness in attack and release, with occasional wayward notes from most departments. Sam Olluver ...

  5. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - REVIEW

    Art review: The Creation

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 12:00am by Sam Olluver

    ... Sam Olluver THE CREATION Hong Kong Sinfonietta City Hall Concert Hall Reviewed: August 10 By the time Haydn penned his oratorio The Creation , he was not only one of history's most ... on German choral music. Slightly bent at the waist and more than four times the average age of the chorus members, he wielded an undemonstrative baton with a huge sense of authority. Sam Olluver ...

  6. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Pull of the podium

    Posted Jul 16th 2013, 09:55am by Sam Olluver

    ... T he opening chapter of Chew Hee Chiat’s story will be familiar to those who once aspired to become musicians, but were restrained in the starting blocks by parental objections to a career unlikely to bring affluence. But the conductor and composer’s achi ...

  7. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Review: The Planets

    Posted Jul 09th 2013, 09:51am by Sam Olluver

    ... of the first two notes of Jamaica’s Banana Boat Song. Sam Olluver ...

  8. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Exiting APA music head leaves a formidable legacy

    Posted Jul 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Sam Olluver

    ... After a decade at the helm of the APA's department of music, Benedict Cruft is returning to London. Sam Olluver examines the violin master's legacy Benedict Cruft first visited Hong Kong in 1971 as a young violinist on tour with the London Symphony Orchestra. Little did he know that he would eventually go on to mark a milestone of his career by becoming as the dean ...

  9. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Classical performances benefit from flexible schedules

    Posted Jun 25th 2013, 12:00am by Sam Olluver

    ... Sam Olluver Hong Kong has been slow to change concert times to suit audience needs, writes Sam Olluver Orchestral manoeuvres The stuffy image of classical music concerts - "sit up, shut up and put up with what we think is good for you" - is becoming a thing of the past. Although Hong Kong may be lagging behind in thinking innovatively to service audience needs, ...

  10. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - REVIEW

    Review: Dame Evelyn Glennie's impressively offbeat evening

    Posted Jun 04th 2013, 12:00am by Sam Olluver

    ... Sam Olluver Dame Evelyn Glennie City Chamber Orchestra Concert Hall at City Hall Reviewed: May 30 The City Chamber Orchestra's four-item programme - by turns pastiche, inventive, ... to listen to. In the work's coup de théâtre, Glennie re-emerged from the wings, clutching tartan Great Highland Bagpipes (left) for a resounding cap on the evening. Sam Olluver   ...




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