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Concert by Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra “Dazzle of the Rising Stars”



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24 March 2012 (Sat) 8pm
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall

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25 March 2012 (Sun) 3pm
Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
$140, $110, $80

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Performers
Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra
Music Director : Dr. Yip Wai-hong
Guest Conductor: Lio Kuokman
Violin Soloist: Josef Špaček
 
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Programme

Haydn

Symphony No. 95 in C minor

Ravel

Tzigane

Bruch

Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26

 
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Details of Performing Group

Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra

 

Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra is a highly organized orchestra aiming at promoting music among the general public especially the young generation in Hong Kong.  In order to achieve its goal, the Orchestra has performed frequently in the Hong Kong City Hall, regional town halls and civic centres a few hundred times over the past 34 years. A number of internationally famous conductors and soloists have been invited to perform with it. By using the idioms of popular music and organizing concert talks, the Orchestra has successfully introduced serious music and Chinese orchestral music to the public, and at the same time, brought about an awareness of the indigenous culture of the people.

Dr. Yip Wai-hong

Music Director

Dr. Yip Wai-hong is an eminent music educator. He served Hong Kong Baptist University as the Head of Music and Fine Arts Department for almost 30 years.  He founded the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Childrens Choir, Yips Childrens Choir and Hong Kong Childrens Symphony Orchestra with the aim to nourish young talents in Hong Kong.

The honours and accolades bestowed upon Dr. Yip include Honorary Citizenships of Fort Worth, Dallas and Tucson; The Golden Key of Avon Lake, Florida; Colonel of the State of Kentucky, the United States; and Hong Kong Art Education of the Year in 1990.  In 2003, he was awarded the Medal of Honour of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  In 2006, he was conferred the Award of Honorary University Fellow of Hong Kong Baptist University.  Dr. Yip was made the Fellows of Wells Cathedral School, the United Kingdom in 2008.

In 2011, Dr. Yip was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) for his valuable contribution to children music education, as well as his dedication in promoting the development of choral and orchestral music.

Lio Kuokman

Guest Conductor

Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as ‘a startling conducting talent', Lio Kuokman has been sought after for his versatility as a conductor, piano soloist and chamber musician.  Lio is a recent graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music with a double major in orchestral conducting under the instruction of Otto-Werner Mueller and harpsichord performance with Lionel Party.  After graduating from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, under the tutorship of Gabriel Kwok, with first-class honours, he was awarded a fellowship to pursue a Master’s degree in piano performance with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School of Music, where he also studied conducting with Virginia Allen and chamber music with Michael Tree and Joseph Kalichstein.  Lio has served as assistant conductor and prepared the Curtis Symphony Orchestra for guest conductors such as James Conlon and Christoph Eschenbach.  He has been the assistant conductor of the Curtis Opera Theatre for productions such as Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen and Wozzeck.  He has conducted in masterclasses for renowned conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph Eschenbach and Alan Gilbert.  In recognition of Lio’s many achievements, he was awarded the Honorary Diploma by the Government of Macao in 2004.

Josef Špaček

Violin Soloist

That one so young has reached such heights of violin playing is almost beyond belief.

-          Daily News, New Zealand

25-year-old Josef Špaček ranks among the foremost representatives of today's young violin generation. Born in the southern Czech town of Trebíc, Špaček has performed throughout his native Czech Republic and across the globe. Špaček won the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in June 2009 and both Third Prize and the Young People’s Jury Prize in the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 2008.  Špaček has been quided by some of the most highly regarded pedagogues, including Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music and Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School. He has recently taken up the post of concert master of the Czech Philharmonic, a highly prestigious role that he balances with his flourishing solo career.

As a soloist, Špaček has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Chamber Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic. He has soloed under conductors that include Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Asher Fisch, Jirí Belohlávek, Roy Goodman, Jakub Hruša, Aleksandar Markovic, and Rossen Milanov. A regular at music festivals, Špacek has performed at the Ravinia Festival, Dvorák Prague Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Bohuslav Martinu Festival and the Moravian Autumn Music Festival.

Špaček released his debut CD featuring the complete Eugène Ysaÿe sonatas for solo violin in August 2006. His next recording, scheduled for release by Naxos in 2012, will feature the works of H.W. Ernst. Highlights of the coming seasons include Janácek’s
Violin Concerto and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Czech Philharmonic, Josef Suk’s Fantasy for Violin with the Janácek Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Taipei Philharmonic in Macao, and recital appearances in both Europe and Asia.

 
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Running time of each concert 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 17 February 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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