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Hong Kong Arts Festival’s Dream of the Red Chamber opera accentuates the love story at its heart

Co-production with San Francisco Opera of 18th-century Chinese literary classic is spectacular work, with a dream team of singers and creators, including composer Bright Sheng and librettist David Henry Hwang

14 Feb 2017 - 3:01PM

Co-production with San Francisco Opera of 18th-century Chinese literary classic is spectacular work, with a dream team of singers and creators, including composer Bright Sheng and librettist David Henry Hwang

Hong Kong Arts Festival’s Dream of the Red Chamber opera accentuates the love story at its heart
Hong Kong’s 2016 arts highlights: countdown clock flap, HKPhil maestro’s New York job, some sublime Shakespeare and Wicked

Fuss over Hong Kong artists projecting a countdown to 2047 onto ICC provided biggest drama, Jaap van Zweden’s recruitment by New York Philharmonic and Palace Museum for arts hub were big news, and top-class troupes marking 400 years since Bard’s death provided performing arts highlight

4 Jan 2017 - 10:47AM

Fuss over Hong Kong artists projecting a countdown to 2047 onto ICC provided biggest drama, Jaap van Zweden’s recruitment by New York Philharmonic and Palace Museum for arts hub were big news, and top-class troupes marking 400 years since Bard’s death provided performing arts highlight

Hong Kong’s 2016 arts highlights: countdown clock flap, HKPhil maestro’s New York job, some sublime Shakespeare and Wicked
Hong Kong composer Chan Hing-yan on the multiple strings to his bow

Professor of composition’s new work for huqin and orchestra – the centrepiece of Hong Kong Sinfonietta concert at Taiwan festival – shows his ability to mix poetic Chinese themes with Western techniques

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Professor of composition’s new work for huqin and orchestra – the centrepiece of Hong Kong Sinfonietta concert at Taiwan festival – shows his ability to mix poetic Chinese themes with Western techniques

Hong Kong composer Chan Hing-yan on the multiple strings to his bow
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma spins musical magic in Hong Kong Philharmonic opener

Classical musician joins forces with Wu Tong, player of Chinese instrument the sheng, in a contemplative work played with control and sensitivity. Orchestra sounded radiant, mature and confident playing Bizet

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Classical musician joins forces with Wu Tong, player of Chinese instrument the sheng, in a contemplative work played with control and sensitivity. Orchestra sounded radiant, mature and confident playing Bizet

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma spins musical magic in Hong Kong Philharmonic opener
Review: Richard Galliano and City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong

French virtuoso accordion/bandoneon player hit all the right notes in a programme that was full of energy in conductor Jean Thorel’s last concert as music director

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

French virtuoso accordion/bandoneon player hit all the right notes in a programme that was full of energy in conductor Jean Thorel’s last concert as music director

Review: Richard Galliano and City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
HKPhil music director Jaap van Zweden’s contract extended until 2022

The conductor’s vision for the orchestra in the years beyond 2019 will include more opera

13 Jun 2016 - 1:13PM

The conductor’s vision for the orchestra in the years beyond 2019 will include more opera

HKPhil music director Jaap van Zweden’s contract extended until 2022
Review: Stephen Hough piano recital - control, clarity and a thrilling conclusion

British pianist gave a polished performance that went from engaging to exhilarating, with his own composition among the highlights

30 Jun 2016 - 4:19PM

British pianist gave a polished performance that went from engaging to exhilarating, with his own composition among the highlights

Review: Stephen Hough piano recital - control, clarity and a thrilling conclusion
Review: Philadelphia Orchestra in Hong Kong – non-stop magic under Nézet-Séguin

Precision, controlled power, beautiful pacing and perfect solos on display in Brahms’ Symphony No 2, while Scheherazade was played with urgency, freedom and irresistible elegance

30 Jun 2016 - 4:22PM

Precision, controlled power, beautiful pacing and perfect solos on display in Brahms’ Symphony No 2, while Scheherazade was played with urgency, freedom and irresistible elegance

Review: Philadelphia Orchestra in Hong Kong – non-stop magic under Nézet-Séguin
Yo-Yo Ma to open 2016-17 season at HKPhil

Ma is only one of the delights of the Philharmonic’s upcoming season, which will also see Jaap van Zweden begin to conduct a two-year Mahler cycle, plus major works by Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Brahms and Haydn

18 May 2016 - 1:08PM

Ma is only one of the delights of the Philharmonic’s upcoming season, which will also see Jaap van Zweden begin to conduct a two-year Mahler cycle, plus major works by Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Brahms and Haydn

Yo-Yo Ma to open 2016-17 season at HKPhil
Review: Narek Hakhnazaryan cello recital - impeccable technique, luminous tone
Review: Michel Dalberto and Hong Kong Sinfonietta - power and panache

French pianist tackled contrasting works by Mozart and Richard Strauss with grace and steely brilliance, concertmaster shone conducting Haydn and orchestra hit a high standard throughout

9 May 2016 - 1:41PM

French pianist tackled contrasting works by Mozart and Richard Strauss with grace and steely brilliance, concertmaster shone conducting Haydn and orchestra hit a high standard throughout

Review: Michel Dalberto and Hong Kong Sinfonietta - power and panache
Review: Louis Schwizgebel - virtuoso pianist cloaks his playing in modesty

Swiss-Chinese soloist, making his Hong Kong debut, played Liszt with virtuosity and grace and Haydn with sensitivity, but his handling of a Schubert sonata lacked drama or contrast

26 Apr 2016 - 5:02PM

Swiss-Chinese soloist, making his Hong Kong debut, played Liszt with virtuosity and grace and Haydn with sensitivity, but his handling of a Schubert sonata lacked drama or contrast

Review: Louis Schwizgebel - virtuoso pianist cloaks his playing in modesty
Review: Also Sprach Zarathustra - Hong Kong Philharmonic at its best

From concertmaster Jing Wang’s electrifying solos to the bass section, percussion, brass and woodwinds, orchestra made the most of Richard Strauss’ multi-layered tone poem in concert that also featured the stirring playing of cellist Jian Wang and a world premiere

4 Apr 2016 - 2:26PM

From concertmaster Jing Wang’s electrifying solos to the bass section, percussion, brass and woodwinds, orchestra made the most of Richard Strauss’ multi-layered tone poem in concert that also featured the stirring playing of cellist Jian Wang and a world premiere

Review: Also Sprach Zarathustra - Hong Kong Philharmonic at its best
Review: Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen - telling Telemann

Concert was a showcase for the appeal of music by a composer often overshadowed by contemporaries Handel and Vivaldi, and baroque instruments delivered exquisite sound

18 Mar 2016 - 5:08PM

Concert was a showcase for the appeal of music by a composer often overshadowed by contemporaries Handel and Vivaldi, and baroque instruments delivered exquisite sound

Review: Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen - telling Telemann
Review: Hong Kong Philharmonic - Beethoven 1st and 9th symphonies

Final concert of symphonic cycle was a portrait of composer's career and a revealing snapshot of the orchestra's own evolution.

8 Dec 2015 - 12:04PM

Final concert of symphonic cycle was a portrait of composer's career and a revealing snapshot of the orchestra's own evolution.

Review: Hong Kong Philharmonic - Beethoven 1st and 9th symphonies
Hong Kong composer Lam Fung on making music to order

Flautist Maggie Holmes wanted Lam to create a piece to commemorate some personal milestones and a place she loved. Lam relished the unusual opportunity. "People just don’t think about commissioning a piece of music for commemorating an occasion," he says.

2 Nov 2015 - 3:25PM

Flautist Maggie Holmes wanted Lam to create a piece to commemorate some personal milestones and a place she loved. Lam relished the unusual opportunity. "People just don’t think about commissioning a piece of music for commemorating an occasion," he says.

Hong Kong composer Lam Fung on making music to order
Avant-garde at 81: composer Krzysztof Penderecki on how he found his musical voice

The Pole, who will conduct the Hong Kong Sinfonietta tonight in a performance of his Violin Concerto No.2, sees a work he wrote in the 1950s to remember victims of the Hiroshima atomic bomb as a turning point.

24 Oct 2015 - 11:45AM

The Pole, who will conduct the Hong Kong Sinfonietta tonight in a performance of his Violin Concerto No.2, sees a work he wrote in the 1950s to remember victims of the Hiroshima atomic bomb as a turning point.

Avant-garde at 81: composer Krzysztof Penderecki on how he found his musical voice
Conductor Christoph Eschenbach on his inspirations, and how good Hong Kong Phil is, ahead of concert
Review: Opera Hong Kong’s Tosca a success but not without flaws

While the two leads were technically proficient but lacked sufficient warmth, secondary singers did admirably and the sets, orchestra and chorus were excellent.

9 Oct 2015 - 2:20PM

While the two leads were technically proficient but lacked sufficient warmth, secondary singers did admirably and the sets, orchestra and chorus were excellent.

Review: Opera Hong Kong’s Tosca a success but not without flaws
From circus to Shakespeare: Hong Kong Arts Festival 2016 line-up announced

UPDATED: It's a festival "in, of and for Hong Kong", event director Tisa Ho says as she sets out an eclectic 32-day programme featuring over 1,000 artists

7 Oct 2015 - 1:37PM

UPDATED: It's a festival "in, of and for Hong Kong", event director Tisa Ho says as she sets out an eclectic 32-day programme featuring over 1,000 artists

From circus to Shakespeare: Hong Kong Arts Festival 2016 line-up announced
Review: Singin’ in the Rain soaks audience in delight and laughter

Beloved movie has been transformed into a live song and dance spectacular that adds up to pure stage wonder.

5 Oct 2015 - 11:55AM

Beloved movie has been transformed into a live song and dance spectacular that adds up to pure stage wonder.

Review: Singin’ in the Rain soaks audience in delight and laughter
Review: Pianist Ben Kim and Hong Kong Sinfonietta - Romantic promise

Soloist played with elegance and finesse but no fire, while new principal guest conductor Christoph Poppen brought out the best in the orchestra - auguring well for its future growth.

14 Sep 2015 - 12:10PM

Soloist played with elegance and finesse but no fire, while new principal guest conductor Christoph Poppen brought out the best in the orchestra - auguring well for its future growth.

Review: Pianist Ben Kim and Hong Kong Sinfonietta - Romantic promise
Review: Tan Dun's Nu Shu opens the Hong Kong Philharmonic's season

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra opens season with two recent works by a living artist, Hunan-born composer Tan Dun. His music communicated a refreshing blend of simplicity and complexity, and an entirely original world of sound.

8 Sep 2015 - 9:43PM

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra opens season with two recent works by a living artist, Hunan-born composer Tan Dun. His music communicated a refreshing blend of simplicity and complexity, and an entirely original world of sound.

Review: Tan Dun's Nu Shu opens the Hong Kong Philharmonic's season
Review: Asian Youth Orchestra's 25th anniversary concert - power and dash
Review: Hong Kong Sinfonietta in Bach's Mass in B Minor

Conductor Helmuth Rilling brought out the piece's mystery and brilliance, while the chorus of Hong Kong secondary school students showed discipline in the details.

10 Aug 2015 - 10:45PM

Conductor Helmuth Rilling brought out the piece's mystery and brilliance, while the chorus of Hong Kong secondary school students showed discipline in the details.

Review: Hong Kong Sinfonietta in Bach's Mass in B Minor
World's orchestras help ready China's apprentice players to perform

The Shanghai Orchestra Academy lets young musicians find out what it's like to be part of an ensemble, through exchange programmes with some of the world's leading institutions.

14 Jun 2018 - 12:01PM

The Shanghai Orchestra Academy lets young musicians find out what it's like to be part of an ensemble, through exchange programmes with some of the world's leading institutions.

World's orchestras help ready China's apprentice players to perform
Why American flautist Travis Jones is studying music in Shanghai
Review: Veronika Eberle plays Shostakovich - flawless, glowing sound

From  her first bow stroke, the violinist immersed herself in Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1 and played like a star, with able accompaniment from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under Yip Wing-sie.

28 Jul 2015 - 12:53PM

From  her first bow stroke, the violinist immersed herself in Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1 and played like a star, with able accompaniment from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under Yip Wing-sie.

Review: Veronika Eberle plays Shostakovich - flawless, glowing sound
Review: pianist Yuja Wang dazzles in performance of Brahms concerto
Review: concert of nasal drones and tones is both strange and compelling