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Chen Xi & Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra – Melodies to Touch Your Heart

Venue Date & Time Price
Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
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03.05.2014(Sat)
20:00
$160, $140, $110
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Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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04.05.2014(Sun)
15:00
$160, $140, $110
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Programme

 

Mussorgsky

Night on Bald Mountain

Mozart

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219

Massenet

Méditation (from opera Thaïs)

John Williams

Theme from movie Schindler’s List

Sarasate

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Sibelius

Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43

 

About the Performer

 

Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra

Music Director and Conductor: Dr. Yip Wai-hong

Honorary Guest Conductor: Prof. Gabriel Leung

Assistant Conductor: Dr. Law Po-kwan

Violin: Chen Xi

 

Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Yip Wai-hong established the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra (HKCSO) in 1996. It recruits members aged 7 to 18 through highly competitive open auditions and rewards them an opportunity to study under Yip Wing-sie. Through the years, HKCSO has presented prestigious soloists and international competition winners such as Lu Wei, Yang Tianwa, Yang Xiaoyu, Shun Wenyu, Zhang Haochen, Tang Yun, Wong Wai-yin, Mengla Huang and Angela Cheng, etc.. In recent years, HKCSO members have the fortune of learning from iconic violinists Xue Wei, Charles Castleman and Chuanyun Li as the three masters guest-performed violin concertos with HKCSO. Most of the HKCSO violinists hold professional performance diplomas such as LRSM, Dip. ABRSM, FTCL, LTCL and ATCL.

 

HKCSO has been mesmerizing audiences all over the world since 2001 through concert tours and exchange programmes. In the summer of 2012, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office presented HKCSO in a concert tour of seven concerts in Australia and New Zealand celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Hong Kong handover. Members of the HKCSO participated in master classes given by the Sydney Symphony. Over in New Zealand, the last two performances of HKCSO presented in Auckland and in Wellington at the Parliament House respectively were attended by the Mayor and congressmen, they endorsed HKCSO with appreciation and praises.

 

Chen Xi

Violin

Described by The Strad as ‘a very bright musician with strong individuality’, Chen Xi was the top winner of the 12th International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition in 2002 when he was only 17, which made him the youngest top winner in the history of that competition.

 

Born in Shenyang, Chen showed astonishing musical talents at an early age. His debut performance was made when he was only seven. He entered the elementary school affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music at the age of 11. He began sharing the stage with famous orchestras of China and the world when he was 13, and won numerous awards in China and other parts of the world. He entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2003 where he was a student of Joseph Silverstein, music pedagogue, virtuoso and conductor. He entered the Yale School of Music in 2008 where he was trained under Hyo Kang.

 

In recent years, Chen has been active in Mainland China and on the international front, with concert appearances numbering over 300 and covering many cities in Mainland China as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. He has toured to the United States, Canada, Russia, France, Japan, South Korea etc. to perform and to give solo recitals. Chen has performed with famous orchestras and conductors on an international basis, including the China Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Orchestra, etc.. Chen is currently a recording artist with Naxos and Starwin.

 

Dr. Yip Wai-hong

Music Director and Conductor

Dr. Yip Wai-hong is an eminent music educator. He has served Hong Kong Baptist University since 1963. He established the Department of Music and Fine Arts in 1990 and served as the Head of Department for 30 years until he retired in 1993. 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. Recently, he established the Hong Kong Professional Winds.

 

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 Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).  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.  Last year, he was awarded ‘2013 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award’.

 

In 2011, Dr. Yip was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) of the Government of HKSAR for his valuable contribution to music education throughout the past 50 years, as well as his dedication in promoting the development of choral and orchestral music.

 

Prof. Gabriel Leung

Honorary Guest Conductor

As a boy soprano, pianist, percussionist and conductor, Prof. Gabriel Leung’s concert appearances have taken him to most of the major music centres in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America, as well as locally and on the Mainland. As an educator, Leung’s pedagogical philosophy of a renaissance education for all young people, with music as a medium to develop intellectual, social and emotional qualities has won praises from students and parents alike.

 

Throughout the 1990s, Leung served as Chief Conductor and Director of Yip’s Children’s Choir (Canada). He was the founding conductor of the Canadian Music Competitions Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Leung had been elected Co-President and Artistic Director of Canadian Music Competitions (Toronto) and to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation. Since his return to Hong Kong in 1999, Leung has been in constant demand as a choral clinician and orchestral conductor. He is Honorary Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the University of Hong Kong Union Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made frequent guest appearances with Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Oratorio Society and Good Hope Singers. He previously served on the Board of Governors of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and is a current board member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Asian Youth Orchestra.  Leung is currently Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong.

 

Dr. Law Po-kwan

Assistant Conductor

A pianist and conductor born in Hong Kong, Dr. Law Po-kwan received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she was the recipient of the Schuetz H. Warren Memorial Scholarship for conducting and teaching excellence. She holds a Bachelor degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, and Master degrees in orchestral conducting, choral conducting, and piano performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Oberlin Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory of Music respectively. Her piano and conducting mentors include Chester Alwes, Fred Stoltzfus, Hugh Floyd, Donald Schleicher, Dr. Yip Wai-hong, Monique Duphil and Mack McCray. She has been invited to participate in the Masterclasses of conducting in the United States and Europe, where she was inspired by artists like Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Carrington, Ann-Howard Jones, William Weinert, Edwardo Diazmunoz, Brian O’Connell, Bronislawa Falinska and Dennis Keene.

 

Law has been sought after as a guest conductor, adjudicator, Baroque continuo keyboardist and choral clinician. Her guest conducting engagements included Illini String Orchestra, University of Illinois Philharmonia, Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, Macao Conservatory Orchestra and Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra. She has taught undergraduate conducting classes at University of Illinois, and is currently teaching at Hong Kong Baptist University.

 

 

Ticketing

 

Tickets available from 3 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.

 

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.

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

 

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

 

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

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