"The Seafarer" Pre-performance Lecture Demonstration and Performance

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The Seafarer Pre-performance Lecture Demostration and Performance

Creative Team

Renowned tenor David Quah has performed all over the world. His vast repertoire ranges from baroque music to contemporary works, Chinese folk songs, Broadway musical numbers as well as jazz. He has premiered many roles both locally and overseas. He was cast in the title role of composer Lo Hau-man’s chamber opera The Legend of Zhang Baozai which was premiered at the Shanghai Expo 2010 in August 2010. He was Pei Yu in Law Wing-fai’s Dreaming Plum Blossoms Away, commissioned by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for the Millennium Festival; Liu in So Ting-cheong’s The Shopkeeper’s Daughter; Li Yu in Guo Wenjing’s Night Banquet and Chibi and King of Chu in Brian Chatpo Koo’s The Tomb of Three Kings for the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

David is currently Chairman of Bel Canto Singers.

Dennis Wu is an experienced administrator, having worked full time at the RTHK Radio 4 as a producer, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He is also an active writer and music critic, having his writings on music published on numerous Hong Kong newspapers and magazines. He is a regular contributor of Hifi Review and he recently speaks at a music criticism seminar presented by International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong).

Programme Content

Fear not the high waves nor the ghastly storms, for fortune, friendship, love and new life await at the opposite side of the ocean. We experience all these and more with music spanning through time, including Western operas, German lieder, Broadway musicals and Hollywood film music, sung by renowned tenor David Quah, baritone Albert Lim and soprano Sandy Leung, with pianist – the young multi-awardee Rachel Cheung, and Assistant Cello Principal of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Dora Lam providing a colourful musical palette on the ever-changing sea. We ride with the explorer on stormy waves and uneasy waters, share his drinking bouts with fellow sailors, and weep with a broken heart for his pursuit of true love till the end of the world. The Seafarer is a concert about the adventurous life of a man at sea. Come on board and traverse the four seas with us on this adventurous concert!


David Quah (Co-artistic Director/Tenor)

(see above creative team)

Sandy Leung (Soprano)

Sandy Leung studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and has sung major roles including “Anna” in Puccini’s Le Villi, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, “Mařenka” in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, “Adina” in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and “Susanna” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

In 2002, she was awarded a scholarship from the Asian Cultural Council for the Aspen Music Festival and was also the winner of a Royal Overseas League Scholarship, which culminated in several performances in the ROSL Arts concert series at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and opera scenes at the Oxenfoord Summer School. With a scholarship from the Royal College of Music and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, she continued her post-graduate studies at the Royal College under the tutelage of soprano Elizabeth Robson. She also sang the role of Tiny in Britten’s Paul Bunyan in The Dartington International Music Festival 2005.

Sandy is now active in Hong Kong’s vocal scene and has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Bach Choir, Musica Viva and Opera Hong Kong.

Albert Lim (Baritone)

Albert Lim obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and Postgraduate Certificate in Performance with Distinction at the Royal College of Music after completing his Bachelor’s Degree of Music (Honours) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). Throughout his studies, Albert has obtained a number of scholarships including the Royal College of Music Scholarship (Hong Kong), Welsh Male Choir Scholarships, the Society of APA Scholarships, Guinness Flight’s Music Prizes and the Exxon Energy Limited Scholarships.

Lim has appeared as guest soloist in concerts with the Hong Kong Bach Choir, the Hong Kong Oratorio Society and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed numerous roles in various opera productions by Opera Hong Kong and the HKAPA. In April 2007, he was invited by the Shanghai Opera House to sing the role of Dancairo in Bizet’s Carmen by the Shanghai Opera House under the baton of Michel Plasson. In the same year, he sang the role of Gregorio from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette in May and Johann from Massanet’s Werther for Opera Hong Kong in 2008. In March 2009, he was again invited to sing the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Lim starred as Sun Chuen Mou in the local opera production of Zhang Bao Zai and performed in the premiere with Musica Viva at Shanghai Expo 2010 in August 2010. He was invited by Music Viva again to perform the role of Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in January 2011. The same year in October, Lim was invited by Opera Hong Kong to take up the role of “Ume” in the production of Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

Rachel Cheung (piano)

Pianist Rachel Cheung has won numerous prizes and awards in international piano competitions including the 28th Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy in 2008; the Fifth Prize at the 16th Leeds International Piano Competition; a semifinalist at the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Most recently in November 2012, she was awarded the Georges Leibenson Prize in the 67th Geneva International Piano Competition.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Rachel has performed frequently in Hong Kong and overseas. Recent engagements included chamber and solo recitals at the 2013 Miami International Piano Festival and the Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival in July 2013. Her orchestral collaborations included the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Junior Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. In October 2009, Rachel performed with the Sydney Symphony under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Rachel’s first DVD, Rachel Cheung – Keyboard Prodigy Live in Recital Miami International Piano Festival 2005 was released by VAIMUSIC in June 2007; and her first CD, under the Alpha Omega Sound label of the Chopin Society of Hong Kong, was released in 2009.

Rachel studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) as a junior student with Prof. Eleanor Wong. In June 2011, she received her Bachelor of Music Degree with First Class Honours at the HKAPA. She continued her studies with Prof. Peter Frankl and graduated with a Master of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music, where she was awarded the Elizabeth Parisot Prize for outstanding pianists in the 2011/2012 school year. She became a young Steinway Artist in January 2011.

Dora Lam (Cello)

Dora Lam joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Principal Cello in 2006. Previously, Dora served as the principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra including appearances at the prestigious Ravinia Festival. She has also served as principal cellist in numerous festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra and Spoleto Festival USA.

Dora has had the privilege to work under the batons of many renowned conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sergiu Comissiona, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, and Jaap van Zweden. Also an avid chamber musician, Dora has performed with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and worked with members of the BeauxArtsTrio, Juilliard Quartet and Vermeer Quartet.

A native Hong Kong, Dora began her early music lessons with her father Lam Ming Cheung and later enrolled in the Hong Kong Music Office. Dora began her formal training with Ray Wang at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Subsequently, she studied with Stephen Kates on scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. There she received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music. She continued her studies on scholarship with Alan Stepansky at the Manhattan School of Music and with John Sharp at the Roosevelt University.

Dora is also a faculty member at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Works/excerpts to be performed include:

  1. Samuel Lerner: Popeye the Sailor Man (cartoon theme song)
  2. Klaus Badelt: Fog Bound and The Medallions Call (from The Pirates of the Caribbean)
  3. Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil: Sea of Life (from The Pirate Queen)
  4. John Ireland: Sea Fever (art song)
  5. Wagner: The Steersman’s Song (from The Flying Dutchman)
  6. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship (from Scheherazade)
  7. Fauré: La Mer est infinie (from L’Horizon chimérique, Op.118)
  8. Gilbert and Sullivan: Pirate King (from The Pirates of Penzance)
  9. Khachaturian: Sabre Dance (from Gayane)
  10. Kōhei Tanaka: Bink’s Sake (from One Piece)
  11. Britten: Storm (from Four Seas Interludes, Op. 33a)
  12. Frank Wildhorn: Into the Fire (from The Scarlet Pimpernel)
  13. Prévin: I can smell the sea air (from “A Streetcar named Desire”)
  14. Bizet: Au fond du temple saint (from Les pêcheurs de perles)
  15. Schubert: Auf dem See (Lieder)
  16. Smetana: On the Seashore, Concert étude in G-sharp minor, Op. 17 (instrumental music)
  17. Lo Hau-man: Coffin Escort (from The Legend of Zhang Baozai)
  18. Frederic Weatherly: Danny Boy (Irish song)

Creative and Production Team

Producer: RhapsoArts Management Ltd.
Co-Artistic Directors: David Quah & Dennis Wu


Script-writer/Narrator: Dennis Wu
Tenor: David Quah
Soprano: Sandy Leung
Baritone: Albert Lim
Piano: Rachel Cheung
Cello: Dora Lam


Programme Details

Programme Schedule 27.1.2015 (Tue) 3pm Auditorium,Tsuen Wan Town Hall
29.1.2015 (Thur) 4:30pm Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
Ticket $40 (Students, Teachers)
Quota 990 / performance
Duration Approx. 1 hour and 15 mins
Language Cantonese
Pre-performance Lecture Demostration
Date Dec 2014 – Jan 2015 (actual date and time will be arranged with participating schools)
Content Prior to the concert, demonstration lectures will be held by two musicians/speakers with the objective of raising the students’ understanding on Western music concept that is center on the ocean and seafarers as their subjects, and introducing the interpretation by various composers on this subject. It will also illustrate to students the characteristics of various music styles.
Duration 1 hour and 15 mins
Language Cantonese
  • For purchase of 150 tickets or more, a pre-performance lecture will be conducted in school premises.
    For fewer than 150 participants from a single school, students and teachers are invited to attend lectures held at LCSD venues
  • Participants would receive education materials


2591 1733 (Enrollment / LCSD)

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