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Concert by Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra



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18 May 2012 (Fri) 8pm

Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hal
Tickets: 160, 140, 110
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19 May 2012 (Sat) 8pm

Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
Tickets: 140, 110, 80
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Performers

Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra
Music Director: Dr. Yip Wai-hong
Principal Guest Conductor / Piano Solo: Jimmy Chiang
Guest Conductor / Piano Solo: Robert Lehrbaumer

 
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Programme

Yip Wai-hong

Storms on the South China Sea (World Premiere)

 

 

Liszt

Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat

 

Conductor: Jimmy Chiang ; Piano Solo: Robert Lehrbaumer

 

 

Brahms

Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor

 

Conductor: Robert Lehrbaumer ; Piano Solo: Jimmy Chiang

 
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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 for more than 30 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.

Jimmy Chiang

Principal Guest Conductor/ Piano Solo

 

Conductor and pianist living in Vienna, First Prize Winner of the 4th International Competition for Young Conductors “Lovro von Matacic” in Zagreb, began his musical education in Hong Kong at the age of four with piano, later also with composition and violoncello. He received the Fellows Diploma from Trinity College of London, Bachelor of Music Degree from Baylor University in the United States and “Magister Artium” with distinction from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he was the last student of the renowned Austrian conductor and Mozart Interpreter - Leopold Hager. In 2003 upon invitation of Seiji Ozawa, Chiang was one of the three Fellow Conductors at the Rohm Music Festival in Kyoto, Japan, where he studied closely with the master himself.

From 2004 to 2006, he was musical assistant and conductor of opera productions at the Schlo
sstheater Schönbrunn in Vienna. Since 2007, Chiang appeared regularly as Assistant Music Director at Theater Lübeck and the Eutin Festival in Germany. From 2009 to 2011, he was Principal Conductor of Theater Freiburg, where he directed numerous productions with international recognitions such as Le Grand Macabre (Ligeti) with renowned Spanish Stage Director Calixto Bieito and Orpheus in der Unterwelt (Offenbach), among others. In 2010 Chiang made his Debut as guest conductor at the Komische Oper Berlin with La Traviata (Verdi). Chiang’s uprising conducting career in Europe has made him front cover of the international opera magazine “Orpheus” in 2009 as well as his recent success at the Festival Internacional de las Artes de Castilla y León in Spain for contemporary music. Orchestras that he had worked with included Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, La Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Zagreb Philharmonic, Lübeck Philharmonic, Oradea Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Ensemble Amadeus, which he founded in 2000 in Texas, the United States. Chiang serves also currently as Principal Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra.

Alongside his international career as a conductor, Chiang remains active as concert pianist since the age of 13. In addition, he is highly demanded as a vocal coach and an international acclaimed accompanist at major singing competitions, masterclasses, and song recitals.

Robert Lehrbaumer

Guest Conductor/ Piano Solo

 

Born in Vienna, Robert Lehrbaumer started his career at the age of 9 when he made his appearance as a pianist in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Since then, concert tours have brought him to almost all European countries and capitals, to North, Central and South America, to the Near East, South-East Asia, Korea, and Japan, in famous locations from Viennas Musikverein and Konzerthaus to New York's Carnegie-Hall and Tokyo's Suntory Hall and Casals Hall.

Lehrbaumer began to study piano at the age of six. From 8 to 13 he was a member of the Mozart Boys Choir. Two years later, he entered the Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Art to study piano with Gertrud Schwarzbauer and Hermann Schwertmann (a student of Emil von Sauer, which makes Lehrbaumer a follower of Franz Liszt, Carl Czerny, Ludwig Beethoven and Joseph Haydn) and Heinz Medjimorec, organ with Rudolf Scholz, conducting with Otmar Suitner and composing with Thomas Christian David.

He has won in numerous competitions, especially Geneva 1985, and scholarships by Bösendorfer and the Alban Berg Stiftung distinguish the young interpreter.

When he was 11, he had his first appearance as a soloist with orchestras and has since performed concerts - either as a soloist or as a conductor or both. He has participated in numerous festivals such as the Vienna Festival, Salzburg Festival, Brucknerfest/Linz, Carinthian Summer/Ossiach, Bregenz Spring, Luzern Music Festival, the Nuremberg Organ-Week and Slovakia Spring-Festival.

Lehrbaumer is specialized in performing the repertoire of Schubert and the Viennese "Klassik" as well as works of the late Romantic period. He is also interpreter of contemporary (often Jazz-influenced) music, several dedicated to him (Christoph Cech, Gottfried von Einem, Paul Kont, Ernst Ludwig Leitner, Roberto Pintos, Thomas Daniel Schlee, Robert Schollum, Shih u.a.).

In addition, Lehrbaumer has made recordings for radio and TV stations, LP and CD (Sony, RCA-Ariola/Red Seal, Amadeo, ORF, Belvedere, KKM, Preiser Records); he has starred in films and videos.  He teaches at international master courses in Austria and abroad and holds master classes at the University of Music in Vienna and at Universities in the United States and Mexico and Asia. He teaches regularly at one of Vienna's Conservatories - his students are prize-winners of international competitions. He is also member and president of international competitions' juries.


When conducting orchestras, Lehrbaumer often is performing both as conductor and pianist/organist in works of Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin, Poulenc.

 
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Programme Length
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 5 April 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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