Orchestral concert with a Latin feel
Latino Romance, an orchestral concert with a Latin feel and accompanied by live Latin dance, will be performed in May by the New Philharmonia of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Chorus.
Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the passionate programme includes Ruiz's "Amor Amor Amor", Ravel's "Bolero", Spanish song "Magic is the Moonlight" and Sayer's "Tequila".
The New Philharmonia of Hong Kong was founded in June, 1997, and is headed by Maestro Henry Shek. The orchestra has performed with the internationally celebrated prima donna Madame Francoise Pollet in "Le French May 1999" under the directorship of outstanding French conductor Jerome Kaltenbach. In "Le French May 2000", the orchestra performed in concert under the direction of world-acclaimed film composer and three-time Oscar winner Michelle Legrand. It has also participated in major arts festivals such as the "International Children's Arts Carnival 2000" and "A Tribute to the New Millennium".
Hong Kong Chorus was founded in 1997 also by Shek and gave its first concert in June, 1998, with the New Philharmonia of Hong Kong. The Chorus went on its first European Tour in July, 1999. In its wide repertoire the Chorus has more than 150 oratorios, choral and cappella works, opera choruses and musicals ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. The Chorus also participated in the production of RTHK's "Salute to Teachers 1999", opening of the Yuen Long Theatre and various major arts festivals such as the "International Children Arts Carnival 2000".
Henry Shek, graduated as an honour student in orchestral conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and furthered his studies under such famed teachers as Carl Bamberger, Franco Ferrara, Hans Schwarowsky and Igor Markevitch. He has won prizes and awards at important international competitions for young conductors. Shek has conducted prestigious orchestras, opera houses and ballet companies throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. He had led the Hong Kong tour of the Orchestre National de Lille (France) in 1997. In an effort to promote and improve local musical activities, Shek founded the Hong Kong Opera Company, the New Philharmonia of Hong Kong, the New Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chorus and the Hong Kong Choir of Outstanding Children. He is devoted to discovering and nurturing Hong Kong talents and making Hong Kong one of the great cultural capitals of the world.
The performance will be staged at 8pm on May 8 and 9 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Auditorium of Sha Tin Town Hall and Tuen Mun Town Hall respectively. Tickets priced at $150, $100 and $80 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.
For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit http://www.urbtix.gov.hk
; for more information, visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp
Ends/Thursday, April 15, 2004