Dizi and Xiao Recital by Yeung Wai-kit
Hong Kong musician Yeung Wai-kit is playing a special recital that encompasses three decades of traditional music from composers in China, Hong Kong and Malaysia, all on two bamboo flutes with some piano accompaniment. The Dizi is played much like a western woodwind flute, while the
Xiao is a vertical flute that produces a lower sound. Jun 24, 8pm. Theatre, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, $120-160 from urbtix.hk.
Arcadi Volodos Piano Recital
Russian piano virtuoso Arcadi Volodos returns to Hong Kong for a recital chock-full of German classics, such as Schumann’s “Papillons,” Brahms’ “3 Intermezzi” and one of Schubert’s final sonatas, “Piano Sonata No. 20 in A.” Known for his interpretation of Romantic compositions, Volodos has recorded Schubert sonatas and Rachmaninov solo pieces, as well as a Gramophone Awardwinning album devoted to
Catalonian composer Federico
Mompou. Jul 26, 8pm. Concert
Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh
Place, Central, $180-$400 from urbtix.hk. French classical pianist Anne Queffélec is showing her roots and delighting Hong Kong audiences with a musical voyage through 20th century French classics. Inspired by her 2013 album “Satie & Compagnie,” she’ll be playing a fun-filled program comprising works by Satie as well as his contemporaries Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Reynaldo Hahn. Jun 24, 8pm. Amphitheatre, Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd., Wan Chai, 2016.frenchmay.com. $280-380 from hkticketing.com. Masterworks: Jaap & Karen Gomyo Japanese-French-Canadian violinist Karen Gomyo and music director of the HK Philharmonic Jaap van Zweden come together for a two-night stint. Selections include Rossini’s “La Gazza
Ladra” Overture, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and the Asian debut of Dutch composer John Borstlap’s “Solemn Night Music.” There will be free pre-concert talks before both concerts. Jun 17-18, 8pm. English preconcert talk Jun 17, 7:15pm; Cantonese pre-concert talk Jun 18, 7:15pm. Concert Hall, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $280-680 from urbtix.hk.
Bach to the Future
The grandaddy of organ music gets the HK
Phil treatment with a tribute concert that takes his musical innovations and recontextualizes them within new 20th century masterworks. The orchestra will be playing classic Baroque pieces by Bach, Rebel and Purcell and juxtaposing them with compositions from modern masters Arvo Pärt and György Ligeti. The program is designed by conductor Case Scaglione (below) and features soloists Colleen Lee, a Hong Kong pianist, and American violinist Caroline Goulding. Before the concert, a performance of Ligeti’s “Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes” will be performed by volunteers from the audience. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own metronomes from home and register for participation at education@ hkphil.org. Jun 24-25, 8:15pm, Poème Symphonique for
100 Metronomes by Ligetti in the foyer; 9pm, Bach to the Future concert. Concert Hall, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $180-380 from urbtix.hk. Upbeat: Igudesman & Joo with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta
Two classically trained musicians, violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo, have come together with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta to prove to audiences young and old that classical music can be accessible, rollicking, and even—gasp!—fun. With a repertoire that blends music, comedy, theater and pop culture, they play their way through pop covers on classical instruments and even perform a twist on an old Wagner chestnut: only theirs is called “Ride of the Oy Veykyries.”Jul 4-5, 8pm. Concert Hall,
City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central. igudesmanandjoo.com. $160-420 from urbtix.hk.
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