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“Music Prodigy: Mozart & Mendelssohn” by the Hong Kong Oratorio Society

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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13.09.2014(Sat)
20:00
$140, 120, 100

Programme

 

Mozart       

Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento (Litany of the most venerable sacrament) in E-flat, K243  

Mendelssohn

St. Paul: Part II  

 

About the Performer

 

Music Director/Conductor: Prof. Chan Wing-wah

Guest Conductor: Vivian Ip

Soprano: Grace Chiang

Alto: Emily Liu

Tenor:  Sam Kan

Baritone: Petrus Cheung

Orchestra: Hong Kong Strings

Guest Choir: SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School Choir

 

The Hong Kong Oratorio Society

The Hong Kong Oratorio Society (HKOS) was founded in 1956 by Wong Ming-tung and a group of music enthusiasts.  It is one of the most active choirs with long history and large membership in Hong Kong.  HKOS usually presents five concerts per year with a total of more than 300 concerts presented in the last 50 years.  Its repertoire covers oratorios and major choral works by classical and contemporary composers.  They include the masterpieces of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Chinese composers Xian Xinghai and Huang Zi, etc.  Many of these works were debut in Hong Kong.  HKOS takes its name from its favourite genre of repertoire, the oratorio, which refers to extended choral works with religious or mythological stories.  In recent years, HKOS has commissioned composers Chan Wing-wah, Victor Chan and Huang Anlun to compose choral works for them.  The choir has performed under the batons of many famous conductors with various professional orchestras.  It has also gone on concert tours overseas and in many major cities in the Mainland.  The present Music Director, Prof. Chan Wing-wah took over the baton after a few successful collaborations with HKOS since 1995.

 

Hong Kong Strings

Orchestra

Hong Kong Strings was founded in 1998 by a group of enthusiastic local musicians.  Members are dedicated to promote music to the public through demonstration concerts. Throughout the years, Hong Kong Strings has performed in many primary and secondary schools, shopping malls, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and at various social welfare organizations (for the elderly and disabled). These concerts include demonstration of instruments and their playing characteristics, explanation on music history, composing style and also interesting stories about the composers. In recent years, Hong Kong Strings have repeatedly been invited by Hong Kong Oratorio Society and HKU SPACE to perform in their concerts.

 

Prof. Chan Wing-wah

Music Director/ Conductor

Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Prof. Chan is a composer and conductor whose music compositions include 8 symphonies, other orchestral and chamber works, choral music, children songs, etc. 7 Symphonies were released on CD by Hugo Productions. His music has been regularly performed here and in overseas. He regularly conducts both Chinese and western orchestras and choirs. The Hong Kong Government appointed him Justice of the Peace in 2000. He was invited to become a member of the Chinese Musicians Association in 2009. He has received composition awards from USA, Japan and Mainland China. Locally he was awarded Artist of the Year and Outstanding Young Person’s Award. His biography is included in the New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians Online. Prof. Chan graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, later received Master and Doctor of Music degrees from the University of Toronto on a Commonwealth Scholarship. He had been Professor of Music and Associate Dean of Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Deputy Director of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU SPACE) and Head of its College of Humanities & Law. He is also the Chairman of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong and advisers of various organizations.

 

Vivian Ip

Guest Conductor

Living in Vienna, Vivian Ip is currently the music director of Chorus Delicti Wien.  Ip graduated from the Music Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (First Class Honour).  With Associate Instructorship and the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship, Ip received her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Indiana University Bloomington.  Currently, Ip studies Orchestral Conducting with Uroš Lajovic at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.   As a singer, Ip has performed with maestros such as Riccardo Chailly and Riccardo Muti.  Ip came to the 4th place in the 6th International Competition for Young Choral Conductors and won a special prize of authentic performance.

 

Grace Chiang

Soprano

Grace graduated from the Music Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, studying voice with Chan Siu-kwan. Upon graduation, she was awarded scholarship to read for a Master’s degree in Music, majoring in Historical Musicology at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she continued her vocal studies under the guidance of Christian Immler. As an active performer, Grace has appeared as soloist in works as Fauré’s Requiem, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Copland’s In the Beginning, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, St. John’s Passion and cantatas, and Mendelssohn’s St. Paul. Grace's interests extends to contemporary music, often performing works by Hong Kong composers, and collaborated with the Chinese Music Virtuosi in premiering Chan Hing-yan's Schmetterlingsträumen Lieder at the Musicarama 2010, and appeared with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, performing works by Lam Bun-ching at the 2012 Macau International Music Festival.

 

Sam Kan

Tenor

Sam Kan is a graduate of Music from McGill University, Canada.  He was a member of the Montreal Opera Chorus and the Tudor Singers for five years and has performed as soloist for Emanu-El-Beth Sholom Synagogue and Christ Church Cathedral of Montreal.  Kan is one of the most active tenors in Hong Kong and has given recitals, radio recordings and performances for churches, charitable institutions and non-government organizations.  Kan focuses on the performance of German, French, Italian and English songs in recent years.  He performed song by Poulenc, Ravel, Quilter, Barber, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Bach, Schubert and Schumann's Dichterliebe in his recitals in 2008, 2011 and 2012 with much acclaim.  Kan is currently Associate Head, Centre for Creative and Performing Arts of HKU SPACE and Vocal Tutor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Emily Liu

Alto

Emily Liu received Bachelor`s degree from Guangzhou Xinhai Conservatory of Music.  Later, she received a full-scholarship to study vocal performance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and obtained her Master of Music degree.  She received full scholarships from Laurence Scofield and The Association of Teachers of French in Hong Kong and Macao to study language and singing in France and Italy.

 

Petrus Cheung

Baritone

Cheung has performed in works including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 Ode to Joy.  He has also collaborated with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Strings.  Cheung has performed in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for the Opera Hong Kong.

 

SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School Choir

Guest Choir

The SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School Choir was established in the 1970s and has, at present, 77 members. The Choir has been awarded a number of First Prizes in secondary school choral competitions and was selected as the Most Outstanding New Territories Secondary School Choir of the Year for more than 10 times in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. The choir’s effort in joining the Oratorio class competitions was also paid off. It scored the First Prize of the competition for two consecutive years. In 2008, it was awarded the Gold Prize in the 9th China International Choral Festival. In summer 2010, it won the Gold Medal and the Championship of the 6th World Choir Games held in Shaoxing, China in the Mixed Youth Choir category. It attained the Gold Medal again in the same category of the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, the United States, as well as the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.

 

Ticketing

 

Tickets available from 4 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 this performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes.

 

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

 

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

 

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Programme Notes

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