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Hong Kong Oratorio Society -
“Mendelssohn & Mendelssohn: Fanny & Felix”



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17 September 2011 (Sat) 8pm

Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

$120, 100, 80

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Performers

Conductor: Prof. Chan Wing-wah 

Guest Conductor: Prof. Gabriel Leung 

Orchestra: Hong Kong Strings 

Guest Choir: SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School Choir
Soprano: Rao Lan  
Soprano: Catherine Pun   
Contralto: Ruth Lau
Tenor: Sam Kan
Baritone: Petrus Cheung

 
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Programme

Fanny Mendelssohn

Oratorio on Scenes from the Bible

Felix Mendelssohn

Selections from Elijah

 
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Details of Performing Group

The Hong Kong Oratorio Society

 

The Hong Kong Oratorio Society (HKOS) was founded in 1956. HKOS takes its name from its favourite genre of repertoire, the oratorio, which refers to extended choral works with religious or mythological stories.  The present Music Director, Chan Wing-wah, took over the baton after a few successful collaborations with HKOS in 1995. He has been leading this choir with regular seasonal concerts and occasional concert tours to perform oratorios. Several of which were Hong Kong premieres. The choir has performed under the batons of many famous conductors with various professional orchestras. It has also gone on concert tours overseas and in major cities in Mainland China.

 

 

Hong Kong Strings

 

Hong Kong Strings was founded in early 1998 comprising many enthusiastic local musicians. Members are mainly graduates from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, local and overseas music institutions. Some of them are players of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and some are part-time instructors of the Music Office. In recent years, Hong Kong Strings have been invited by Hong Kong Oratorio Society and The University of Hong Kong (HKU SPACE) to perform in their concerts.

 

 

Prof. Chan Wing-wah

Music Director/ Conductor

Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society since 1995, Chan Wing-wah has been leading this choir with regular seasonal concerts and occasional concert tours to perform oratorios. Chan is a prolific composer of orchestral, chamber and choral works including hymns, children songs and film scores. Seven of his eight symphonies were published by Hugo Productions. His international awards include First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest in the United States, the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Award from the Asian Composers League and the 20th Century Masterpiece Award by the China Culture Promotion Society in Beijing, etc. Prof. Chan graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong also received the FTCL in Composition from the Trinity College of Music, London. He further obtained his Master and Doctor of Music degrees from the University of Toronto with a British Commonwealth Scholarship. He had been Professor of Music, Associate Dean of Arts and Chairman of the Music Department at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Chan is now Associate Head of the College of Humanities and Law at the School of Professional And Continuing Education, the University of Hong Kong and Head of its Centre for Creative and Performing Arts.

 

 

Prof. Gabriel Leung

Guest Conductor

As a boy soprano, pianist, percussionist and conductor, Gabriel Leung’s concert appearances have taken him to most of the major music centres in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America, as well as locally and on the Mainland.   During the 1990s, Leung served as Chief Conductor and Director of Yip’s Children’s Choir (Canada). He was founding conductor of the Canadian Music Competitions Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Leung had been elected Co-President and Artistic Director of Canadian Music Competitions (Toronto) and to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation. He had served on the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Leung was Professor in Public Health Medicine at the University of Hong Kong until his present government appointment as Under Secretary for Food and Health.

 

 

Rao Lan

Soprano

Rao Lan learnt singing at age 16 with Xia Qiaoyan. She then studied in the Central Conservatory of Music. In 1981, she obtained scholarship for further studies in Germany with Professors Arleen Auger, Reiner Hoffmann and Hartmut Höll and graduated at the Frankfurt Music Academy with the Master degree. She completed her Masterclass Diploma with Professors Reri Grist, Erik Werba and Helmut Deutsch at the Munich Music Academy in 1986. Many of Rao’s performances were produced as CDs by SONY/BMGWergoSalto RecordsCala RecordsCavallie Records and China Records Company distributed worldwide and recieved well acclaim from the major European critiques.

 

 

Catherine Pun

Soprano

Catherine Pun attained ABRSM Grade 8 in Singing, Violin, Piano and Theory at a young age. She has already won numerous scholarships and placed First, Second and Third in the 53rd-59th Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Festival and other different vocal competitions in Hong Kong. In 2009, Pun participated in the 63rd Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, came in third in the Vocal Solo Category and was awarded one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Artists”. In 2010, she won the most prestigious award “Guo Xing Award” in the vocal category of the 6th National Youth Science and Arts Competition in Beijing.

 

 

Ruth Lau

Contralto

Ruth Lau began her singing study under Ella Kiang at the age of fourteen. She has passed the ABRSM Grade 8 vocal examination and obtained ATCL and LTCL Diploma in singing from Trinity College London. She has won various prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, including the Clive Simpson Memorial Scholarship and Lee Bing Vocal Scholarship. She was awarded Third Prize in solo singing event of Hong Kong International Youth and Children’s Choir Festival in 2006. She had a well-received performance at the Hong Kong City Hall in the end of 2010. She currently serves at the parish choir of St. Teresa’s Church.

 

 

Sam Kan

Tenor

Sam Kan is a graduate of Music from McGill University, Canada. He was a member of the Montreal Opera Chorus and the Tudor Singers for five years and has performed as soloist for Emanu-El-Beth Sholom Synagogue and Christ Church Cathedral of Montreal. Kan is one of the most active tenors in Hong Kong and has given recitals, radio recordings and performances for churches, charitable institutions and non-government organizations. Kan focuses on the performance of German, French, Italian and English songs in recent years. He performed song cycles by Poulenc, Ravel, Quilter, Barber, Strauss, Vaughan Williams and Mahler in his 2008 and 2011 recitals with much acclaim. Kan is currently Associate Head, Centre for Creative and Performing Arts of HKU SPACE and Vocal Tutor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

 

Petrus Cheung

Baritone

Petrus started vocal training under the renowned tenor Yung Ho-do at the age of 20. He has won wide acclaim as one of today’s outstanding singers of his field. He has appeared frequently with the Hong Kong Oratorio Society as leading roles in performances including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s and Schumann’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Schumann’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 Ode to Joy, Bach’s Cantatas, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio and Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio. He has also collaborated with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra under conductors including Prof. Chan Wing-wah, Chen Tscheng-hsiung, Carmen Koon, Veiga Jardim and Allison So.

 

SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School

Choir

Guest Choir

SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School Choir was established in the 1970s, currently having 100 choir members. The Choir has been awarded a number of First Prizes in secondary school choral competitions and were selected as the Most Outstanding NT Secondary School Choir of the Year for more than 10 times in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival for the past 20 years. Also, the Choir have been awarded the first prize in both Chinese and English songs in the urban mixed voice choir classes. Furthermore, the girls of the Choir won the first prize in the Intermediate Girls’ Choir competition in the 61st Hong Kong Schools Music Festival as well as the first prize in the Senior Girls’ Choir competition in the 62nd Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Last year, the Choir won the Gold Medal and was attained the Champion of the World Choir Games in the Mixed Youth Choir category of the 6th World Choir Games held in Shaoxing, China.

 
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Programme Length

Running time of this performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes. Audiences 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 August 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 and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

 

Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;

15% off for 10-19 standard tickets;

20% off for 20 or more standard tickets

 
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Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

 

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

 
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