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Concert by China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong)



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26 February 2012 (Sun) 8pm
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
$140, $110, $80

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Performers

China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong)
Music Director/ Conductor: Lim Kek-han
Soprano: Sandy Lau

 
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Programme

Overture: La Gazza Ladra

Rossini

Suite L'Arlesienne

Bizet

The Blue Danube

Strauss

 

 

Three Chinese Songs

 

My Motherland

Liu Chi

In Praise of the Red Plum Blossoms

Yang Ming, Jiang Chunyang, Jin Sha

Ode to Corals

Wang Xiren, Hu Shiping

 

 

Symphony No. 5

Beethoven

 
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Details of Performing Group

China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong)

 

Lim Kek-han founded the Lim Kek Han Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977, with himself as Music Director and Principal Conductor. The Orchestra holds a number of concerts every year and brings music of different kinds to the audience. Famous soloists and guest conductors are also invited from the mainland and overseas to perform with the Orchestra. The Orchestra works hard to introduce to the audience of Hong Kong Chinese music rearranged in modern style and has held numerous Chinese music concerts. In 1982, the Yellow River Cantata concert took place at the Hong Kong City Hall and was ardently supported by the public. In the Festival of Asian Arts 1982, an outdoor concert given by the Orchestra with a choir of 300 members was recorded by the Beijing Central People's Broadcasting and Television Unit and broadcast nation-wide in mainland. In 1993, the Orchestra changed its name to Hong Kong China Philharmonic Orchestra, which was further changed to China Philharmonic Orchestra on 1 July 1997. Recently, the Orchestra was renamed to China Philharmonic Orchestra (Hong Kong).

Lim Kek-han

Music Director/ Conductor

Lim Kek-han was born in Indonesia of Chinese parentage. He began violin lessons under renowned Russian teacher Ywan Federoff and Dutch teacher Frits Hinse at the age of six. He graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in Amsterdam in 1951. Lim represented Holland three times in international music forums and he was the concertmaster of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. He later furthered his studies on conducting at Paris Conservatoire and the National Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In 1958, he went to the former U.S.S.R. as a representative of China and performed with the best-known orchestras there. Lim resided in Hong Kong in 1971 and has been well-known as one of the local conductors and violinists.

Sandy Lau

Soprano

Renowned soprano Sandy Lau is a national performer from Beijing where she was a soloist with national song and dance troupes and a leading performer in operas. She was a leading actress in the full-length opera, National First Prize winner Starlight O Starlight, and played important roles in the operas Mountain Flowers in Full Bloom and Yearning Heart. She came under the tutelage of celebrated Chinese vocalists and foreign maestros, and has made a number of recordings in the mainland including recordings for the film A Full-length Documentary, and for the dance Silk-worm in Spring which won Second Prize in the National Dance Competition. Her performances have been heard from the central broadcasting station and provincial TV station. She has performed throughout the mainland and in Southeast Asian countries, and has appeared on stage along with renowned virtuosos in the international operatic circle.

A seasoned vocalist, Lau is adept in excerpts featuring coloratura soprano from western operas. She handles Chinese folk songs with superb vocal techniques, good articulation and subtle expressions. Hailed as the ‘lark of the orient’, she impresses with her rich performing experience, her unique voice and remarkable rendition, winning great popularity and rave reviews. Lau is now the concertmaster and artistic director of the New Glow Arts Troupe in Hong Kong.

 
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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 the interval or a suitable break in the programme.
 
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 26 January 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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