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Music Appreciation Series: An Exciting Eye-opener on the World of Music Fifty Years Ago
Speaker: Chow Fan-fu (Conducted in Cantonese)


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)

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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.

20 June
Elgar: Enigma Variations: Theme and Variation I to Variation IX

27 June
Elgar: Enigma Variations: Variation X to Variation XIV

4 July
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’ une faune

11 July
Stravinsky: The Firebird (1919), No. 1-3

18 July
Stravinsky: The Firebird (1919), No. 4-6

25 July
Berlioz: Le Carnaval Romain

1 August
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral Symphony", 1st movement

22 August
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral Symphony", 2nd movement

29 August
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K414, 1st movement

5 September
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K414, 2nd & 3rd movement

Please refer to Chinese version for details.

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Programme Length
Running time of each talk is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
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Ticket and Concession
Tickets available from 21 May 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 full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

Group Booking Discount
10% discount for every purchase of 4 – 9 standard tickets;
15% for 10 – 19 standard tickets;
20% for 20 or more standard tickets.
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The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
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