The Philadelphia Orchestra
From Philly to Hong Kong, the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra is in town for two nights. The program includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F minor “Serioso.” We’re hoping for a teamup with the HK Phil, so it’ll be an HK-Philly-HK-Phil gig. May 19-20, 8pm. Concert Hall, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, $300-1,250 from urbtix.hk.
Wu Chun-hei Plays Suona and Guan
Settle in for a night of traditional Chinese instrumental music. Suona and guan virtuoso Wu Chun-hei plays a variety of pieces to highlight these two unique Chinese reed instruments. The program will also include pieces played on the guzheng (the plucked instrument), dizi (bamboo flute), bass guan and more. May 22, 8pm. Theatre, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, 2268-7321. $120-160 from urbtix.hk.
Stephen Hough Piano Recital
British pianist and composer Stephen Hough is one of the few living musicians to have been awarded a MacArthur “Genius Grant.” He returns to Hong Kong to debut his own piece, “Third Sonata,” and plays selections from Schubert, Liszt and Franck. May 30, 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, pphk.org.
$80-580 from urbtix.hk.
Violinist Vilde Frang Plays Benjamin Britten
Vilde Frang makes her
Hong Kong debut at the Hong Kong Sinfonietta with the collaboration of British conductor Matthew Halls. They’ll be playing Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes” as well as
Haydn’s “L’Isola Disabitata Overture” and his Symphony No 96, “Miracle.” May
14, 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, hksl.org. $140340 from urbtix.hk.
HK Phil Presents Scheherazade
Get ready to be slapped in the face by two of the “Mighty Handful”— Russia’s answer to the Romantics. Under David Atherton’s baton, the Hong Kong Philharmonic will be playing selections including Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s
“Prince Igor,” and Shostakovitch’s mighty Cello Concerto No.1 led by Jing Zhao, one of China’s fastest rising cellists. They round off the show with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” from the epic tale, “1001 Nights.” May 27-28, 8pm. Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, hkphil.org.
$180-480 from urbtix.hk.