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Cheers!: An Evening of Ballet Music by Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra


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4 December 2011 (Sun) 7:30pm

Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre

$110, 80

 

30 December 2011 (Fri) 8pm 

Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre

$140, 110, 80

 
Performers

Music Director/ Conductor: Ambrose Law

Host: Simon Chau

Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra

 
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Programme

Delibes

Sylvia

Prelude-Les Chasseresses

 

Coppelia

Prelude and Mazurka

Valse

Czardas

Musik der Automaten

Slavische Volksmelodie mit Variationen

Chopin

Les Sylphides

Polonaise, Op. 40, No.1

Prelude No. 7 in A, Op.28, No. 7

Mazurka No. 44 in C, Op. 67, No. 3

Valse No. 7 in C# Minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Grand Valse Brillante No. 1 in Eb, Op. 18

Gounod

Faust

Danse Prelude-Valse Modere

Entree des jeunes Troyennes

Variation d'Helene

Entree des jeunes Nubiennes

 
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Details of Performing Group

Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra

The Hong Kong Symphony Society was formed in 1982 and is now administering the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Pops Orchestra, Digital Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Symphonic Band.

 

The Hong Kong Symphony Society aims at further enriching the local music scene with a range of musical activities from classical chamber concert to popular film music concert. Thanks to its recruitment of some of the best musicians available in Hong Kong, it has achieved a high standard of performance in its relative short history. 

 

The orchestra has worked with painter Wong Yan-kwai, film photographer Christopher Doyle in Music Fantasia; jazz musician Dave Parker, saxophonist Ric Halstead, guitarists Eugene Pao and Lin Dudong, percussionist Johnny Abraham inEast Meets WestJazz Concert; Hung Chiu-fung, Martina Lam and Ah Nong inChildren Story TimeandSummer Music Galleryfamily concerts; soprano Lola Young inJoy to the Worldfamily concert; Chau Mat-mat and Law Fong-yu inMid-Summer Night Music Fantasyfamily concert; Dr. Simon Chau inA Musical Salute to Beautiful Nature. Later, the Orchestra performed with Yan Wai-yee atMusical Stories SeriesConcert. It performed Beatles A Hard Day’s NightOrchestral Concert, Bee GeesNight Fever,A Symphonic ABBA Evening,Joe Hisaishi and Hayao Miyazaki The Animation Symphony,The Sound of Sci-Fi MovieandThe Orchestra’s Holidayetc. 

Ambrose Law

Music Director/ Conductor 

Ambrose Law took his first conducting lessons from Brother Fantini and Lim Kektjiang. He joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 1974 as librarian and percussionist. He has also been an active conductor for amateur choirs, bands and orchestras. In 1975, he was invited by the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra to serve as Executive Director and Resident Conductor. He was later invited to organize and conduct the Hong Kong Percussion Ensemble, the Hong Kong Wind Orchestra.

 

In 1978, Law returned to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as a percussionist. Apart from furthering his training with different principal percussionists and visiting conductors, he was also engaged in the setting up of the Hong Kong Symphony Society.

 

In 1982, with more than one hundred young instrumentalists, Law founded the Hong Kong Symphony Society which comprised four orchestras, namely the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chamber Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Pops Orchestra and the Hong Kong Symphonic Band.

 

Law conducted the orchestras under the auspices of the Hong Kong Symphony Society and was often invited to make music with other performing arts groups. He was principal guest member of the new music group, The Music Actors, in 1984 and concurrently, a percussionist and guest conductor of the Hong Kong Percussion Ensemble. In 1985, he scored for the drama production, Evacuation Order, and was the Production Director of the Huang He Music Festival 1985. When the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Sir George Solti as conductor and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Lorin Maazel as conductor visited Hong Kong in 1986 and 1987, he was involved in the acoustical amplification engineering work of the Hong Kong Coliseum. In February 1990, he wrote Quatita, which was an arrangement of the guqin work, Song of the Border and another traditional piece, As the Moon Rises, for the Many Levels in Performance Dance Company. In August the same year, he performed with jazz music maker, David Parker, in a jazz concert. It was followed by two new compositions for the dances, Four Seasons and Dun Huang, of the Miranda Chin Dance Company in November.

 

In 1991, he was invited to arrange 180 children’s songs for educational use. In December, he was commissioned by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to compose Happy Birthday Composers. In 1993, he was commissioned to compose music for a drama music Poets LI and DU. His composition included Quatita commissioned by Many Levels in Performance Dance Company, Four seasons and Dun Huan commissioned by Miranda Chin Dance Company.

 

Law has also dedicated himself to perform classical orchestral works with computers. In 1994, he worked with Ar Nong, a writer of Children’s books, to make the CD Musical Fairy Tales including Saint-Saen’s The Carnival of the Animals and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. In 1995, he made a CD for his work Poets LI and DU. In 1996, an American conductor rearranged and conducted Law’s works Song of Fine Clothes and Rooster Fight from Poet LI and DU for a percussion opera by the Percussion Stars Orchestra.

Dr. Simon Chau

Host

Simon Chau grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of Hong Kong where he studied at the Department of Chinese. He worked variously as a secondary school teacher, tutor and research assistant in the university, graphic designer, editor, producer and presenter on television, freelance translator, newspaper columnist etc. before going to Scotland to pursue postgraduate studies in linguistics at the Edinburgh University, and was awarded a doctoral degree in Translation Pedagogy. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, the United Kingdom and an elected fellow of the Hong Kong Translation Society. 

 

Upon returning to Hong Kong, he taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Baptist University. His articles were published in academic journals in various parts of the world.  He also promoted ‘community-wide greening’ and a lifestyle that should be in synchronization with Nature while introducing the latest philosophies and knowledge of the world to the local community.

 

Chau quit full-time academic work in 2005 and has been dedicating his energies to the championing of greening for humankind ever since.

 
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Programme Length

Running time of this performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audiences of age 3 and up are welcome.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

 
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 15 October 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). Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission#

Cheers! Series Discount#
10% off for each purchase of 2 different programmes;
15% off for each purchase of 3 different programmes;
20% off for each purchase of 4 or more different programmes.

Group Booking Discount#
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;
15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;
20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets.
(except HKOS 2011 X’mas Concert: A Thankful Christmas)

Each ticket admits one person only. Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

# All discounts are not applicable to Puppetry Workshop for Fruit Story by Fantasy Puppet Theatre,Family Workshop by Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China & The Creation of Vegetable Musical Instruments Workshop by The Vegetable Orchestra (Austria)

 
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Other programmes in the ‘Cheers!’ Series:
Fruit Story by Fantasy Puppet Theatre, The Puppet Ballet – The Little Mermaid by Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu Puppet Troupe of China, A Concert of Popular Chinese Music by Hong Kong City Chinese Orchestra, The Snowman & The Bear by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer by Weeping Spoon Productions (Australia), A Fantastic Journey @ X’mas by Jumbo Kids Theatre, HKOS 2011 X’mas Concert: A Thankful Christmas, Heroic Boys by Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China, Red Star Red Army Chorus (Russia), ONIONOISE by The Vegetable Orchestra (Austria) and The Little Snowman & Sunflower IIby Make Friends With Puppet
 
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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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