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Piano Concerto “Temptations” – Concert by Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
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13.09.2014(Sat)
20:00
$180, $150, $120*
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Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
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14.09.2014(Sun)
15:00
$140, $120, $100*
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Temptations of Jesus to be presented in Music, Animation & Speech!

 

* The sightline of certain seats may be restricted

 

Programme

 

Wagner

Overture to Tannhäuser

Wieniawski

Fantaisie Brillante, on themes from Gounod’s Faust, Op. 20

Yip Wai-hong

Piano Concerto, ‘Temptations’

 

About the Performer

 

Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra

Music Director/ Composer: Dr. Yip Wai-hong

Principal Guest Conductor: Jimmy Chiang

Piano: Yap Man-shan

Violin: Andrew Ling

Speech: Vincent Wong

Oil Painting: Kenneth Tsang

Motion Graphic Designer: Chih Leung

 

 

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/ Composer

Dr. Yip Wai-hong is an eminent music educator.  He served  the Hong Kong Baptist University as the Head of Music and Fine Arts Department for 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. 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 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.  Recently he was awarded ‘2013 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award’.

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

‘Versatility comes through Hard Work, Discipline and Respect’, a title which described Jimmy Chiang in a front-page article written by the international opera magazine Orpheus in 2009.  The Hong Kong born conductor and pianist received the Fellows Diploma from the Trinity College of Music in London at the age of 16.  He then graduated with the Bachelor of Music Degree at Baylor University in the United States, and with ‘Magister Artium’ at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.  His major breakthrough as a conductor came with the winning of the renowned ‘Lovro von Matacic’ International Competition for Young Conductors in Zagreb, Croatia in 2007.  Chiang was also recipient of awards and honours of numerous international competitions such as the Golden Key International Honour Society Performing Arts Showcase in the United States in 2000 and the International Competition for Young Choir Directors in Vienna in 2004.

While serving as Principal Conductor of the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra since 2008, Chiang has worked as Assistant Music Director of the Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Theater Lübeck, as well as Kapellmeister at Theater Freiburg.  Since autumn 2013, he took on the position as Kapellmeister of the world famous Vienna Boys’ Choir, with whom he leads the choir in regular concerts, masses at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna and concert tours worldwide.

 

Yap Man-shan

Piano

Yap Man-shan was born in Hong Kong and began her piano studies at the age of six.  She studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Poon Tak and Gabriel Kwok and graduated with a first class honours Bachelor degree in Music.  She received the Lady Fung Memorial Music Fellowship of the Asian Cultural Council in 2000 which enabled her to study with John Perry at the Aspen Music Summer Festival in the United States.  In 2001, she furthered her postgraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in the United States with Nelita True with the overseas scholarship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.  She gained her Master of Music degree, Performer’s Certificate, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

As the winner of several concerto competitions in Hong Kong and the United States, Yap has performed as soloist with various orchestras including the Hong Kong Academy Symphony Orchestra, Texas Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 2011, she was invited to perform Piano Concerto, ‘Temptations’ by Dr. Yip Wai-hong with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra.  She is also an active chamber music player and has appeared in many concerts in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Macao, Taipei, Tokyo and New York.   Yap is currently on the piano faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and a guest instructor at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  She has recorded several times for the Radio Television Hong Kong.

 

Andrew Ling

Violin

A native of Hong Kong, Andrew Ling is currently the principal violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and an adjunct faculty member of the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  In the past, he assumed the role of concertmaster at the Indiana University (IU) Concert Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and the principal violist of the IU Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ling began studying violin at the age of six under the tutelage of the late Professor Lin Yaoji of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.  As a child, he toured around the world as a violin soloist with the Yip’s Children’s Choir.  Ling completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the IU, and has studied at Rice University in Houston. He has had a broad musical education having studied with Henry Kowalski, Ik-Hwan Bae, Alan de Veritch and Cho-Liang Lin.  He has also collaborated with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and China Film Philharmonic Orchestra, and has given recitals in Hong Kong, North America and Europe.  As an active chamber musician, Ling has performed with Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Trey Lee, Shanghai String Quartet and has been invited as a guest artist at the Chamber Residency of Banff Centre in Canada and Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.

 

Vincent  Wong

Speech

Vincent Wong is the founder of Solution-On-Wheels, a social enterprise dedicated to promoting solution journalism. He is currently Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit, and also a board director of ‘The Good Lab’, a co-working space and incubator for young social entrepreneurs. Wong holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Cambridge University and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of London.  He worked for APCO Consulting in its policy research arm and in 2007 before taking up appointment as Director of Strategic Planning at Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Ltd. (‘Commercial Radio Hong Kong’).  After leaving the company in 2012 to start his own social enterprise, Wong was invited back to Commercial Radio to host its new show, Our Way Out, a programme dedicated to promoting solution journalism. Wong’s book Macrocreativity was selected as a ‘Hong Kong Good Book’ in 2005.  It was followed by the publication of The Transformation of Hong Kong in 2012.

 

Kenneth Tsang

Oil Painting

Kenneth Tsang graduated from Baylor University in the United States in 2006, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art.  He also spent time in Tokyo, Japan and Florence, Italy studying art history, drawing and painting.   Tsang had won the best of painting scholarship in the 2006 Emerging Texas Artist Award.  Tsang’s first solo exhibition ‘The Story of Art’ was held in White on white gallery in 2009.  In 2010, MobArt Gallery organized a solo-exhibition ‘We Play Endlessly’ for Tsang’s work.  Tsang is one of the founders of ‘light up our heART’, an art-educational project.  Through this project, he cooperated with other artists in the fields of drama, installation and music.  They have visited various secondary and primary schools to share their works. 

 

Chih Leung

Motion Graphic Designer

Chih Leung was graduated from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) with a Bachelor of Design in Multimedia Design in 2007.  Leung is currently working in EyePress News Agency as a motion graphic designer, and his job duties include the post-production and animation for news videos.  In recent years, Leung participates in various multimedia projects, which include producing the visual animation for concerts (such as the animation in the Hong Kong singer Ivana Wong ‘I Am From Mars Live 08’), producing animated music videos and producing animated graphics for local short film Nostalgia.  In September 2012, Leung was invited by Dr. Yip Wai-hong to be the Motion Graphic Designer in his artistic work named New ‘Book of Genesis’, and cooperated with Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra in the concert.

 

 

Ticketing

 

Tickets available from 2 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card 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 the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

 

Enquiries

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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