Paul Lewis plays Beethoven

2010-05-07 20:00 - 2010-05-08 22:00

Paul Lewis plays Beethoven

Time: 7 & 8-5-2010 Fri & Sat 8PM
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Price (HK$): $480 $320 $220 $160

钢琴家-Paul Lewis

conductor: Edo de Waart
piano: Paul Lewis

 

Programme
All-Beethoven Programme
Leonore: overture No.3
Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor
Symphony No.5

 

Introduction
In spite of being the most famous piece of music in history, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony has lost none of its power to shock, thrill and uplift after 200 years of constant performance. As the Symphony slams the door on the Classical era, the Emperor Piano Concerto casts the soloist as the hero of a historic moment from the very opening bar, stealing the orchestra’s triumphant E-flat major chord and taking charge with the confidence of a born general. British pianist Paul Lewis is widely regarded as one of the finest Beethoven interpreters of today and makes his Hong Kong début with his first collaboration with Edo de Waart.

 

Edo de Waart
Edo de Waart is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Renowned as an “orchestral builder” who has the enviable ability to transform his orchestras into world-class ensembles, Edo de Waart has held such distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, as well as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. He has also taken up the Music Directorship of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from the 2009/10 season.
 
As an opera conductor, Edo de Waart has enjoyed success in many of the great opera houses of the world, including Covent Garden, Bayreuth, Bastille and the Metropolitan Opera. He has led highly regarded Wagner Ring Cycles in San Francisco and Sydney. He has conducted a series of critically acclaimed concert performances of Richard Stauss’s Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier and Act I of The Valkyrie, as well as Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
 
Edo de Waart is in constant demand as a guest conductor, regularly appearing with the world’s leading symphony orchestras and musicians. His extensive recording catalogue encompasses releases for Philips, Virgin, EMI, Telarc and RCA. For Octavia/Exton, he has recorded the complete orchestral works by Rachmaninov and overtures of Wagner with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
 
Maestro de Waart has received a number of awards for his outstanding achievements in music. He is a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion and he was awarded the Order of Australia – a reflection of his invaluable contribution to Australian cultural life during his decade with the Sydney Symphony. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in recognition of his contribution to music internationally, and in particular, his commitment to developing future generations of musicians in Hong Kong. 

 

Free Pre-concert Talk
Time: 7/5/2010 Fri 7:15pm - 7:45pm (English)
        8/5/2010 Sat 7:15pm - 7:45pm (Cantonese)     
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer     
Speaker: Fri (English) Prof. Daniel Chua (The University of Hong Kong)
            Sat (Cantonese)

 

Age
For ages 6 and above
 
Discount Schemes
Club Bravo: 15% off
Members of Young Audiences Scheme: 10% off
Students, Citizens aged 60 or above, People with Disability and CSSA recipients: 50% off (With Quota)
Group discount: 10-19: 10% off; 20 or above: 20% off 
 
Address: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2721 2030
Reservations: (852) 2734 9009

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