When Gigi Chao was studying in London, going to the theatre, museums and galleries were among her favourite pastimes. She still enjoys some cultural stimulation from time to time, such as Hong Kong Philharmonic's Classic Broadway concert, which she attended on Friday.
"Hong Kong's culture is very much dominated by cuisine. Hongkongers love eating and are spoilt for choice," said Chao, whose tycoon father famously put a HK$500 million marriage bounty on her head last year. "The general standard of food is very high. So many people's culture and entertainment revolves around food," and other cultural aspects are overlooked," Chao said on Friday night during pre-concert cocktails at the Cultural Centre.
Sponsored by hotel operator Dorsett Hospitality International, Chao's same-sex partner Sean Eav was also present, along with a bevy of socialites and celebrities including barrister Brandon Chau Kwok-fung and his wife Jenny, and Joyce Lee Lok-see. Broadway singers soprano Lisa Vroman, tenor Gary Mauer and baritone William Michals performed works from musicals such as The King and I, South Pacific and Oklahoma!. Taking the baton was conductor Gerald Steichen.
Vroman enjoyed every moment in Hong Kong and said they would "shop, see the Big Buddha, visit the Jade market and eat - all in one day" before their second show.