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Liszt's Portrait in Words and Music
(Performed in English with Chinese surtitles)

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17 December 2011 (Sat) 3pm & 7:30pm
Gallery, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
$200 (Free Seating)

Performed in English with Chinese surtitles

Meet-the-Artists Session after each performance

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'Sorrowful and great is the artist's destiny.' — Liszt

Franz Liszt was larger than life.  It is even said that the appearance of a great comet at the time of his birth was an omen, foretelling his dazzling future.  The scale of what he went on to achieve as a pianist, composer, teacher, and as the first superstar in music history, is mind-boggling. In this performance, Liszt's letters, reviews and reminiscences will be read and Mary Wu will play some of the composer's piano masterpieces.

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Piano: Mary Wu
Text/ Narrator: Jonathan Douglas
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Works to be performed including:

Nuages gris

Transcendental Etude No. 10

Les cloches de Genève
Au lac de Wallenstadt

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca

Liebestraum No. 3

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Consolations No. 3

Les Jeux d’eau à la villa d’este


as well as excerpts from

Dante Sonata

Sonata in B Minor

Ballade No. 2
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Details of Performers

Mary Wu


Hailed as ‘one of the most gifted pianists of her generation’ for her ‘musical variety, profundity and sensitivity’ by Ravel's long time pupil, the late Vlado Perlemuter, Mary Wu is also praised by the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin as having ‘a captivating poetical quality to her playing’.


Performed in public from a young age, Mary Wu has performed extensively in Europe, Asia and North America, including performances with Lord Menuhin in the UK and Germany, and in festivals including Ravel Academy, France, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, and International Contemporary Music Festival, Macau Arts Festival, ‘Hell Hot’ New Music Festival and Ibiza Festival in Spain, Bright Sheng's ‘Intimacy of Creativity’ Festival, Hong Kong, in which she performs with two-time Grammy Award winner Richard Stoltzman.  She has performed frequently with the Gramophone Chamber Music Award winner, Maggini Quartet, and is a founding member of the Bauhinia Piano Trio.


Her concerto performances include collaboration with the Woking Mozart Players, Calgary Symphony in Canada, Beijing Central Philharmonic, Polish Gdansk Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Guangzhou Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, among others.


As a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal College of Music in London and the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she completed her Doctoral degree, Mary is a faculty member of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and also an Artist in Residence at the Hong Kong Institute of Education in Hong Kong.


Mary Wu was elected ‘Hong Kong Top Ten Outstanding Young People’ in 2003. Over the years she has won prizes including the Chappell Gold Medal of Royal College of Music, first prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition and the Mozart Bicentenary Competition of Asia, and is the winner of 2010 ADC Hong Kong Best Artist (Music) award. She is also selected as a top pianist/educator in China in the upcoming book ‘China Piano Music Panorama’ edited by Zhouguangren and published by People's Music Publisher.


She has several CD recordings on BMG, ASV, Dutton, ‘Contemporary Chinese Piano Works’ on Paradism, and ‘Ravel's Complete Piano Works’ on Universal Label.


Jonathan Douglas

Text/ Narrator

Jonathan Douglas is known to Hong Kong radio listeners as the host of RTHK’s 'Morning Call' and 'Artbeat'. His book, Noteworthy is based on thirty of his interviews with world renowned arts personalities. Outside the studio he is frequently invited to be the master of ceremony in arts and music events, including Radio 4’s Mozart 250th birthday celebration and annual Christmas concerts in the park.


His interest in theatre led him, for several years, to direct RTHK’s radio drama productions for the International Worldplay Festival. His own acting credits in Hong Kong include Hamlet and Richard II in Shakespeare. He was invited by the British Council to perform speeches by Shakespeare and Pinter as part of the launch of BBC Prime. He also presented the poetry of Lorca as part of the 2006 New Vision Arts Festival and has been narrator in recent Hong Kong performances of Howard Blake’s The Snowman. At the 2009 Hong Kong Arts Festival he was guest actor in Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree. Most recently he performed in a staged adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.


Jonathan is also a self-taught pianist and a singer/song-writer. Recent music performances include his Accompanying Colour for piano and lighting, and his Angst for Adults and Self-Inflicted. He composed and performed the music for Bigbox Theatre’s productions, including A Streetcar Named Desire, and in November 2008 he was invited to compose/perform the Hong Kong British Council’s sixtieth birthday celebration song. He also performed his Elegy and Rebirth (composed following the Sichuan earthquake) at fund-raising concerts. Jonathan performed with his sons, Cameron and Jamie, at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe.


In 2008 Jonathan was awarded the MBE for services to the British arts in Hong Kong.

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Programme Length
Running time of the performance is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.  

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme.
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Ticket and Concession
Tickets available from 17 November onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by credit card telephone booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).
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The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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Venue Information
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
10 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong (inside Hong Kong Park)
Enquiries:2869 0690
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