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Samuel Wong

A rousing night of music and merriment

The Hong Kong Philharmonic pulls out all the stops to celebrate a year to remember with an evening of classical numbers and fireworks

Friday, 7 December, 2007, 12:00am

Stage set for musical classic at the Valley

All-time favourites on programme as Symphony Under The Stars heads to racecourse

13 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Special youngsters buoyed by gift of giving

Last Christmas, the annual RTHK/South China Morning Post fund-raiser earned $12 million, helping 12 charities realise projects to enhance the lives of both children and adults. As the public, businesses and schools were so generous, we raised more than expected, enabling the charities to expand their projects.

29 May 2006 - 12:00am

HKPO and Andre Watts

HKPO and Andre Watts

8 Jun 2004 - 12:00am


Summer Piano Fiesta II - Andre-Michel Schub

Another chance to catch the maestro as he steps in for Jon Kimura Parker. Schub, who performs Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, has been described as 'the American Pollini' by the New York Times. Conducted by Samuel Wong (left). Fri-Sat, 8pm. Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. $280, $190, $120, $90 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2312 6103

25 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Controversial conductor keeps a job, but is demoted

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra's new governing committee yesterday reversed a decision to cast off controversial music director Samuel Wong, but demoted him to a new post of 'principal conductor'.

The decision came as a survey conducted by orchestra players found 80 per cent did not want Mr Wong to stay on.

28 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Encore, encore

In September, it was announced Samuel Wong would not be reappointed Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra's music director when his contract expires in July, after a tumultuous and often controversial tenure during which he sacked 15 musicians and saw 19 others quit. But yesterday, we were told Wong (right) is staying on as principal conductor.

28 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

What is really going on in troubled orchestra?

Having followed the saga of unrest within the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 1999, the current situation remains unclear.

15 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

News Quiz

1. More than 300 unemployed people have the chance to make some welcome after winning the right to operate flea market stalls during Christmas and Chinese New Year.

A. friends

B. money

C. presents

D. speeches

13 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Conductor accused of pressuring musicians

Musicians in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra claim controversial conductor Samuel Wong has been asking them to sign a letter praising his record following a management decision not to renew his contract.

Wong yesterday dismissed their claims as 'baseless rumours', without commenting further, but an official orchestra spokesman confirmed the allegations had been made.

10 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Last note for troubled conductor

Samuel Wong, the controversial music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, will not be reappointed when his three-year contract ends next July.

The orchestra made the announcement yesterday afternoon, ending months of speculation in the Hong Kong music world. No replacement has been nominated.

28 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Philharmonic's manager quits

The general manager of the Hong Kong Philharmonic has announced she is leaving after 13 years with the orchestra, but stressed her resignation had nothing to do with the group's controversial musical director.

12 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Orchestra turmoil just growth pangs: conductor

Controversial Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra music director Samuel Wong defended himself against his critics last night after sacking three more members, two of whom he hired only a year ago.

16 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

From brawls to walkouts, players attuned to discord

From a punch-up over a pianist and a smashed cello, to a sacking 'massacre' and a revenge walk-out, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has a torrid past.

Newspaper clippings over recent years reveal reports on all of the above - as well as everything from the orchestra's racial mix to the budget balance.

2 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Blind auditions needed for 'Phil'

Regarding the sacking of musicians at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, [musical director] Dr Samuel Wong certainly has the right and the duty to remove less-able musicians from the orchestra, but I question how he did it.

6 Feb 2001 - 12:00am