Arts reviews

Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra:We Got Rhythm, Let's Swing & Drum

About three quarters of the way through this celebration by the Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra of the percussive aspects of big band jazz, Drum Jam founder Kumi Masunaga sashayed on to the stage beating one of her collection of hand drums, and took over the show.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 3:59pm

Reviews: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic

Eternal Love

Rarely does one find a Chinese classical concert on the theme of love without the overplayed Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto. The four works performed at last weekend's Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra concert came from a list of some 2,000 works it commissioned and premiered.

9 Apr 2013 - 9:31am

Hong Kong Philharmonic tribute to Leslie Cheung

Cheung inDays of Being Wild.Photo: Media Asia Distribution

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of much-loved Canto-pop and movie idol Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing.

12 Mar 2013 - 10:14am

Reviews: Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble

Photo: Julien Benhamou

The appearance of Marc Minkowski's 40-member ensemble on Friday as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival seemed a great way to start the weekend. The players' skill was assured; the packaging carried the question marks.

5 Mar 2013 - 11:40am

Concert of inmate's music and poetry to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Jews created art even as they were persecuted (from left) in the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania and camps such as Auschwitz and Theresienstadt (right). Photos: SCMP

A cabaret, classics and a prayer for the dead - music written in Nazi concentration camps will be performed for the United Nation's Holocaust Memorial Day at the Academy of Performing Arts next Sunday.

20 Jan 2013 - 3:50am

Rock band Mr. are made up to rock Coliseum with Andy Hui

Quincy Tam, Alan Po, Desmond Tam, Tom To and Ronny Lay from local rock band Mr. take to the stage.

One of the hippest and most commercially successful local rock bands, Mr. (pronounced Mister) held two concerts over the weekend. Although the band was formed only in 2008, this marked the third time they had taken the stage at the prestigious Coliseum.

8 Jan 2013 - 3:35am

Taiwan hosts mainland stars for first time at Chinese Music Chart concert

Zhang Ziyi and Jay Chou perform in Taipei. Photo: SCMP

Thousands of fans packed a Taipei stadium to watch the island's first concert staged by mainland singers and rock bands, reports said yesterday, in the latest sign of warming ties.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am

Ai Weiwei 'deeply touched' by Elton John's concert dedication

British pop star Elton John and dissident artist Ai Weiwei at the concert in Beijing on Sunday night. Photo: AFP

Artist Ai Weiwei, seen by the mainland authorities as a thorn in their sides, said yesterday he was "deeply touched" by pop star Elton John's surprise shout-out at his first concert in Beijing on Sunday night.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:42am 2 comments

Rock concert for Sandy victims raises US$23m

New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi performs at the Hurricane Sandy benefit concert. Photo: AP

The US network NBC said its benefit concert for superstorm Sandy victims drew nearly US$23 million in donations to the American Red Cross.

Friday's hour-long telethon included performances by artists native to the areas hardest-hit by Sandy, including New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, of New York's Long Island.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Rolling Stones give small concert in Paris

Rolling Stones fans queue outside the Trabendo music hall prior to attending the Rolling Stones concert. Photo: AP

The Rolling Stones, celebrating 50 years in rock music, have given their first concert in five years - at a small Paris venue, wowing 350 fans who paid just US$20 to see the surprise gig.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Artistic impressions

'In the context of a world-class orchestra commanding steep ticket prices, this performance struggled to rate a twinkle, let alone a few stars.' That was how SCMP music critic Sam Olluver summed up the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra concert on February 13.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

How to gig like a pro

This year, Hong Kong has been unexpectedly lucky in the lineup of bands and popstars of all genres who have graced our shores. The latest is Paramore, who are performing tonight at the AsiaWorld-Expo. For those lucky enough to be going to any of this year's gigs, here's a list of dos and don'ts.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Bid to cut sound at stadium gets nod from neighbours but leaves Sam Hui fans cold

Neighbours of Hong Kong Stadium, notorious for making noise complaints when concerts are held, were not disturbed by yesterday's show by Canto-pop legend Sam Hui Koon-kit, the first commercial show at the venue since 1994, but many fans in the full house were not so happy.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


Liquid assets missing at venue

Concert-goers have generally been singing the praises of gigs at AsiaWorld-Arena since it opened in late 2005, giving Hong Kong its first world-class live music venue with state-of-the-art sound and lighting.

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Veteran rocker rejects talk of poor ticket sales

Danny Summer, the so-called godfather of local rock, has lashed out at reports that sales of tickets to Canto-pop singer Miriam Yeung Chin-wah's concert next month were worse than sales for his.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am