20 June 2012 – 5 September 2012
(Every Weds, 10 lectures in total, except 8 & 15 August 2012)
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
$50 for each lecture (Free Seating)
Fifty years ago, in celebration of the inauguration of the Hong Kong City Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by maestro extraordinaire Sir Malcolm Sargent, visited Hong Kong and gave five concerts in six days between 4th and 9th March, 1962. It was a gala event for the Hong Kong music scene. Each and every concert was sold out, with unprecedented ticket sales of a total of over eight thousand. Among the audience, a large proportion consisted of Chinese patrons, a level previously unheard of for similar performances. This scenario indicates that the opening of City Hall was a milestone in the development of music in Hong Kong.
Now fifty years later, as we look at the works featured in the five Sargent concerts, we can see that while some are rarely played in concerts today, others have actually become increasingly popular. In this series of music lectures, the historic musical event half a century ago and its interesting background will be reviewed in detail. Selected classics which have stood the test of time will “go under the knife” to identify and highlight the attributes and characteristics which have made such works evergreen. Participants will be initiated into the exciting world of music, and will gain insights about the appreciation of music.
Elgar: Enigma Variations: Theme and Variation I to Variation IX
Elgar: Enigma Variations: Variation X to Variation XIV
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’ une faune
Stravinsky: The Firebird (1919), No. 1-3
Stravinsky: The Firebird (1919), No. 4-6
Berlioz: Le Carnaval Romain
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral Symphony", 1st movement
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral Symphony", 2nd movement
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K414, 1st movement
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K414, 2nd & 3rd movement
Please refer to Chinese version for details.