Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SATOSHI on Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra 2011-2012 season

The 2011 - 2012 season of the Hong Kong Philharmomic Orchestra is not too bad, though I have significantly reduced my subscription this year partly due to programming disappointments and partly to my busy schedule. Having said that, there are absolutely some fine gems to be found in the season!

When I was asked by Mark Tjhung, Associate Editor of Time-Out Hong Kong, to name my top 7 recommendations for a feature in the magazine, I actually found it quite difficult as 7 was a rather small number! As we are going to share the byline, my other concern was that we might not find a whole lot of commonality. I was wrong. In fact, for some reason, the top was kindof obvious. Briefly, here's the top 7:

  1. Season Opening Gala – September 2-3, Cultural Centre

  2. Apotheosis of the Dance - October 7-8, Cultural Centre

  3. Jaap van Zweden - Brahms, Wagenaar and Glass (November 18-19, Cultural Centre) or Prokofiev and Britten (November 25-26, Cultural Centre)

  4. Marc-Andre Hamelin - March 9-10 2012, Cultural Centre (also a recital on March 7 2012, Cultural Centre)

  5. Poetic Solitude - March 16-17 2012, Cultural Centre

  6. Beethoven 9 - April 20-21 2012, Cultural Centre

  7. L’Exotique - June 8-9 2012, Cultural Centre

Check out why these are highly recommended by clicking here or you can buy the magazine (which is already out). However, if you need an additional one or two concerts to fill up your cultural calendar, here are two that I hope can tempt the adventurous side of you:

  1. Visions Unveiled - April 6-7 2012, Cultural Centre – The combination of Chen Qigang’s Iris Devoilee and Wagner’s Parsifal – An Orchestral Quest guarantees an interesting musical evening of divergence. With Edo de Waart slated to conduct this program, one can expect a respectful yet personal interpretation of Iris Devoilee and a restraint and subtle orchestral Parsifal.

  2. Homeland Music - January 4-5 2012, Cultural Centre – The whole is greater than the sum of its part. The permutation of Andrew Litton and Gil Shaham; and Barber and Prokofiev just seemed to be a very positively intriguing proposition and one just can’t wait to witness it.

For the complete listing of the HKPO's offering, click here.

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