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“Waltz Meets Tango” Concert by Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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30.03.2013(Sat)
20:00
$140, $110, $80
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Auditorium, Tuen Mun Town Hall
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31.03.2013(Sun)
15:30
$140, $110, $80
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Programme

Tchaikovsky

Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite, Op.71

Carlos Gardel

Por Una Cabeza from movie Scent of a Woman

Tchaikovsky

Valse-scherzo in C, Op. 34

Piazzolla

Four Seasons

Johann Strauss

Voices of Spring Waltz, Op. 410

Piazzolla

Oblivion

Kreisler

 

 

Three Old Viennese Waltzes

Liebesleid (Love’s Sorrow)

Liebesfreud (Love’s Joy)

Schön Rosmarin (Lovely Rosemary)

Piazzolla

Libertango

 

About the Performer

Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra

Music Director: Dr. Yip Wai-hong

Principal Guest Conductor: Jimmy Chiang

Ensemble: Contrast Trio (Violin: Kitty Cheung; Saxophone: Timothy Sun; Piano: Jenny Ng)

Tango Dancers: Felipe Hsieh & Sandra Mok

 

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 Children’s Choir, Yip’s Children’s Choir and Hong Kong Children’s 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

Born to a musical family in Hong Kong, and trained as a concert pianist since he was four, Jimmy Chiang studied cembalo, organ, cello and composition. He received his main musical training from the United Kingdom (FTCL), the United States (Bachelor of Music) and Vienna, Austria (Magister Artium). Since winning the First Prize of the renowned “Lovro von Matacic” International Competition for Young Conductors in 2007, Chiang’s conducting career has brought tremendous international attention. 2012 saw his convincing interpretation of the Spanish premiere of Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica Castilla y Leon in Valladolid.  Equally highly acclaimed by critics was his Mozart Gala with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Hansestadt Lübeck as “elegant and cultivated with his Vienna connections”. Chiang was the assistant music director of the Wagner’s Ring cycle at Theater Lübeck. In 2009, he was appointed the Principal Conductor at Theater Freiburg in Germany. Moreover, he has appeared as the guest conductor at the Komischen Oper Berlin, Theater Heidelberg and Scholsstheater Schönbrunn in Vienna.
 

Kitty Cheung

Violin Soloist

Kitty Cheung began her violin training in Hong Kong at the age of four. She holds the Master of Music, the Master in Music Performance (Guildhall Artist) degrees with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. During her study, she was awarded the Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music, the Performer’s Certificate as well as the Orchestral Studies Diploma. Cheung is currently the Associate Concertmaster of Hong Kong Sinfonietta. She has performed in over 25 countries throughout Asia, South Africa, Europe, the North and South Americas. Her performances have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and Radio Television Hong Kong. She has played under distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez and Sir Colin Davis. Cheung is also a founding member of “Contrast”, the only professional violin-saxophone-piano trio in Hong Kong. Their performances were held in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Macau.
 

Contrast Trio

Violin: Kitty Cheung

Saxophone: Timothy Sun

Piano: Jenny Ng

Contrast Trio was founded in 2007 in London by three young musicians who shared the same vision of creating new sounds and giving the audience a fresh and exciting experience through their performances. They came together with a mission to push the boundary of traditional chamber music repertoire and programming with their new voice. In additional to performing lesser-known pieces written for this rare instrumental combination, Contrast is also dedicated to the premiering and promoting of music by living composers. Many have written new works for them, including renowned local composers Alfred Wong Hok-yeung and Ip Kim-kuok, English composers David Wallace, Matthew Knowles, Glenn Martin and Michael Picknett.  Contrast regularly gives recitals in London, Hong Kong and Macau, plays in charity concerts and gives masterclasses at schools.
 

Felipe Hsieh & Sandra Mok

Tango Dancers

Felipe and Sandra are the youngest, and the first and only full-time couple of teachers and dancers of Argentine Tango in Hong Kong. Greatly influenced by their masters, they are persistent in searching and spreading the culture of this dance and its most authentic form. Their performances are always improvised, and their dance infused with elegance, energy and emotion. Their teaching emphasizes the understanding of tango as a cultural phenomenon, rather than just pure movements. For the past 10 years, they have been invited to dance or teach in Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing and Sydney. Since 2010 they have devoted their time fully to tango, teaching and performing mainly in Taipei. In September 2011 they returned to Hong Kong and co-founded “Malevos Tango School” to promote Argentine Tango dance, music and culture in the city.

 

Ticketing

Tickets available from 28 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.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.

Programme Length

Running time of each performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.

Enquires

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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