Hong Kong Virtuosi - 'Our Music Talents' Series

2012-11-17 20:00 - 21:45

Hong Kong Virtuosi - 'Our Music Talents' Series

When: 17 Nov 2012 Sat 20:00
Where: Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

Concert by Hong Kong Virtuosi


Giving its public debut in 1997, the Hong Kong Virtuosi is an ensemble mainly formed by staff and graduates of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In this concert the Virtuosi will be under the baton of the sought-after young Chinese conductor Yang Yang in three pieces, Debussy's masterpiece Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, a chamber music version by Schoenberg, Debussy's five songs and Richard Strauss's incidental music for Molière's comedy Le bourgeois gentilhomme, originally to be performed in tandem with Ariadne auf Naxos; for this the ensemble will be augmented to more than 30 players.

The concert also features Spohr's rarely heard Grand Nonet, for wind and strings, written for Haydn's errant colleague Tost, and five songs of Debussy, now specially arranged for a small accompanying ensemble by Hong Kong composer Lam Fung. Our young soprano Louise Kwong will sing these songs.


Hong Kong Virtuosi
Hong Kong Virtuosi is drawn from Hong Kong's finest musicians and distinguished professionals. Giving its public debut during the 'Musicarama' in 1997, the group later registered as a non-profit organization in 2002. Its members share a commitment to music making at the highest level of excellence with a mission to serve the Hong Kong community. The group has actively participated in different concerts with an aim to promote classical music to Hong Kong people. Hong Kong Virtuosi has shared the stage with many international colleagues including Colleen Lee, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Taipei Symphony Orchestra. After successful performances of Madama Butterfly, La Fille du Régiment, L'Elisir d'Amore and Lucia di Lammermoor in 2009 to 2012, they have again been invited to participate in 2013's production of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci produced by Musica Viva.


Conductor: Yang Yang
Born into a musical family, Yang Yang began learning the piano under Professor Li Qifang when he was a young boy. He later learned conducting under Xu Xin and Wu Lingfen before he entered the Central Conservatory of Music to study conducting under Professor Yu Feng. He came first in the Dimitris Mitropoulos International Competition for Orchestral Conducting in Greece in November 2006, winning by sheer excellence in performance and unrivalled musicianship. It made him the first conductor from China to win in this prestigious international competition.

As one of the most active conductors in China, Yang has been working closely with major orchestras and opera houses in the country, as well as many orchestras of the world, such as the Gurzenich-Orchester Kölner Philharmoniker, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, State Philharmonic Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Arena di Verona, Orchestre Regional de Cannes, Orchestra Poitou-charentes, Greek Symphony Orchestra, Inchon Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. The artists he has shared the stage with include the cellists Lynn Harrell and Alban Gerhardt, violinists Augustin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon and Cho-Liang Lin, pianists Lang Lang, Barry Douglas and Kun Woo Paik, soprano Sumi Jo and clarinettist Sabine Meyer.Yang Yang is currently Resident Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra.

Louise Kwong

Soprano: Louise Kwong
Louise Kwong is currently a student at the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam. She obtained her Master of Music degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she studies classical voice with Sasja Hunnego. Before moving to the Netherlands, she has studied with Chan Siu-kwan and Kathleen Livingstone. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Western Music from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Post-graduate Diploma with distinction from the Royal College of Music, London.
In April 2012, Louise won the Second Prize, the Best Soprano Prize in Memory of 'Dame Joan Sutherlands' and the Audience Prize in the 18th Ferruccio Tagliavini International Competition for Opera Singers held in Austria. She was invited to give concerts at Graz Opera House in April and with the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra in August 2012.
Her past concert engagements include St John Passion and St Mathew Passion by Bach with Die Konzertisten and Mass in B Minor with Professor Helmuth Rilling. Her past operatic appearance includes Alisa in Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor with Musica Viva. Her recent engagements on concert platform include Karl Jenkin's Requiem with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong under the composer's baton.


Grand Nonet in F, Op. 31 Spohr
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L86 Debussy (arr. Schoenberg) Conductor: Yang Yang
5 Songs Debussy (arr. Lam Fung) Conductor: Yang Yang Soprano: Louise Kwong
Le bourgeois gentilhomme, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 60 Richard Strauss Conductor: Yang Yang


Running time of the concert is about 1 hour and 45 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.
Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.


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Price: $160/120/80 Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
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