The world-renowned superstar flautist Sir James Galway will perform in Hong Kong in October.
Sir James is one of the most recorded classical artists performing today, and has won numerous record awards including Record of the Year awards from "Billboard" and "Cash Box" magazines. He has shared the stage with an amazing array of entertainers including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, the Chieftains, Ray Charles, John Mitchell, Cleo Laine and Andrea Bocelli. His extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and frequent international television appearances have endeared him to millions worldwide. As an instructor and humanitarian, he continues to be a tireless promoter of the arts.
Belfast born, Sir James studied in London and Paris before embarking on his orchestral career in such prestigious orchestras as the Sadlers Wells and Royal Covent Garden Operas, the BBC, Royal Philharmonic and London Symphonies, and taking up the coveted position of solo flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan. Since 1975, when Sir James launched his solo career, he has continuously performed with the world's leading orchestras and conductors, participated in chamber music engagements, popular music concerts and given master classes. He has played for many dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II and President George W. Bush. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has honoured him twice: in 1979 with an Order of the British Empire and in 2001 with a Knighthood for services to music.
With pianist Phillip Moll and guest flautist Lady Jeanne Galway, Sir James will play a programme featuring Harty's "In Ireland", Debussy's "La fille aux cheveux de lin" and "En bateau", Tafanel's "Fantasie sur Mignon", "Irish Medley" by anonymous (arr. Overton), Briccialdi's "Carnival of Venice", Morlacchi's "Il Pastore Svizzero", Franz & Karl Doppler's "Rigoletto Fantasy for Two Flutes and Piano", and Borne's "Carmen Fantasy".
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Encore Series: Flute Recital by Sir James Galway" will be staged at 8pm on October 31 at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $160, $280, $400 and $520 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). A special booking discount applies to purchase with "Encore Series: Cello Recital by Mischa Maisky". For more details, please check the programme leaflet.
For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for Internet booking, visit www.urbtix.hk ; for more information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp .
A pre-concert talk in Cantonese, conducted by lecturer at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Mr Albert Ho, will be held at 6.30pm on October 31 at the Foyer Reception Area, 4/F, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis.
Ends/Thursday, August 5, 2010