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Paris-Vi­enna-Bu­dapest: David Greil­sam­mer Plays with the Sin­foni­etta

Is­raeli con­duc­tor and pi­anist David Greil­sam­mer re­turns to Hong Kong to per­form Mozart’s

Piano Con­certo No 17 and con­duct the Hong Kong Sin­foni­etta through Haydn’s Sym­phony

No. 3, “Drum Roll,” as well as Rameau’s Orches­tral Suite and Ligeti’s “Melo­dien.” Greil­sam­mer is a vir­tu­oso who’s col­lab­o­rated with mu­si­cians and vis­ual artists from a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal spec­trums, as well as un­der­taken am­bi­tious clas­si­cal projects: In 2008, he per­formed all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in a one-day marathon, and over the 2012/2013 sea­son he played all 27 of Mozart’s piano con­cer­tos. Jun 26, 8pm. Con­cert Hall, City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. hksl.org. $150-360 from urbtix.hk. 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. 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.

Lost and Found: The Har­vest of Sor­row Hong Kong so­prano Amanda Li sings a pro­gram of Amer­i­can and Euro­pean art songs which fall un­der the theme “Lost and Found: The Har­vest of Sor­row.” Ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Ti­mothy Kwok, the pro­gram in­cludes pieces by Quil­ter, Korn­gold and Rach­mani­nov, and other folk songs, and

Kwok will be play­ing solo piano pieces by Liszt and Rach­mani­nov. Jul 3, 8pm. The­atre, City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. $120-160 from urbtix.hk. Two gen­er­a­tions of vir­tu­osic piano play­ing come to­gether for Prokofiev’s dy­namic and much beloved Piano Con­certo No. 3. The leg­endary pi­anist and con­duc­tor Vladimir Ashke­nazy takes the ba­ton and leads, while Be­hzod Ab­du­raimov, one of the bright­est young pi­anists of his gen­er­a­tion, makes his re­turn to Hong Kong to join him on the keys. In the sec­ond half, Ashke­nazy will lead the or­ches­tra for El­gar’s Sym­phony No. 1. Don’t miss this meet­ing of two bril­liant mu­si­cal minds. Jul 1-2, 8pm. Con­cert Hall, Cul­tural Cen­tre, 10 Sal­is­bury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $280-680 from urbtix.hk. Since win­ning the Leeds In­ter­na­tional Piano Com­pe­ti­tion in 2006 at the age of 18, be­com­ing the com­pe­ti­tion’s first Asian win­ner—and its youngest in 40 years—Korean pi­anist Sun­wook

Kim has played with the world’s lead­ing or­ches­tras and graced in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned stages such as the Wig­more Hall, Salle Pleyel and Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. He comes to Hong Kong to lead the Sin­foni­etta with Ger­man con­duc­tor Alexan­der Liebrech in Brahms’ Piano Con­certo No. 1 and Schu­mann’s Sym­phony No. 3, “Rhen­ish.” Jul 9,

8pm. Con­cert Hall, City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. hksl.org. $140-340 from urbtix.hk. In this aus­pi­cious Year of the Mon­key, two dif­fer­ent groups of per­form­ers rep­re­sent­ing the unique south­ern and north­ern styles of Chi­nese opera are com­ing to Hong Kong to per­form the sto­ries of the leg­endary Mon­key King. From late June to late July, Chi­nese opera afi­ciona­dos and those who are just cu­ri­ous can come check out the finest mar­tial artists and vir­tu­osic per­form­ers from the Shao Opera Art Re­search in­sti­tute of Zhe­jiang and Youth Troupe of the Pek­ing Opera The­atre of Bei­jing, as they bring some of the most beloved tales of the Mon­key King to the big stage. Through Jul 31. Var­i­ous times. Ko Shan The­atre New Wing, Ko Shan The­atre, 77 Ko Shan Rd.,

Hung Hom; Sha Tin Town Hall, 1 Yuen Wo Rd.,

Sha Tin; Tuen Mun Town Hall Au­di­to­rium,

3 Tuen Hi Rd., Tuen Mun. $120-380 from urbtix.hk. Bud­dhist Chants in Scent and Light

The Zuni Icosa­he­dron sea­son opener is an ex­per­i­men­tal per­for­mance based on a text that dates back 1,200 years to the Tang Dynasty, ar­ranged by Mas­ter Kuan Pen in the 20th cen­tury in his book “Cham­ber of Scent and Light.” Through a mix of con­tem­po­rary the­atre and tra­di­tional Bud­dhist rit­u­als, Zuni’s per­for­mance ex­plores the pu­rifi­ca­tion and calm­ing as­pects of chant­ing, as well as the her­itage of the art of Bud­dhist vo­cal prac­tices with the help of artis­tic di­rec­tors the Ven­er­a­ble Sik Hin-hung of HKU’s Cen­ter for Bud­dhism Stud­ies and the Ven­er­a­ble Sik Tsang-chit, ab­bot of the Tung Lin Kok

Yuen Bud­dhist nun­nery. This per­for­mance is in Can­tonese and Pu­tonghua. Sep 22, 8:15pm;

Sep 25, 3pm. Grand The­atre, Cul­tural Cen­tre, 10 Sal­is­bury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. zu­nisea­son.org.hk. $100-1,000 from urbtix.hk.

Ar­cadi Volo­dos Piano Recital

Master­works:

Ashke­nazy and Be­hzod Play Prokofiev

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