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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 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.

$160-420 from Lost and Found: The Har­vest of Sor­row Hong Kong so­prano Amanda Li sings a program of Amer­i­can and Euro­pean songs that fall un­der the theme “Lost and Found: The Har­vest of Sor­row.” Ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Ti­mothy Kwok, the program in­cludes works by Quil­ter, Korn­gold, and Rach­mani­nov, and other folk songs, and

Kwok will be play­ing solo pieces by Liszt and Rach­mani­nov. Jul 3, 8pm. Theatre, City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. $120-160 from Master­works:

Ashke­nazy and Be­hzod Play Prokofiev 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, 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

Sun­wook Kim Plays Brahms

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 Sun­wood 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. $140-340 from

Ken­neth Weiner Flute Recital

Ken­neth Weiner is a flutist with more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence teach­ing and play­ing in cities all over Asia and the US. He’ll be play­ing with Hong Kong-based pi­anist Lai Bo-ling, play­ing pieces by French com­posers Chédev­ille, De­vi­enne, Gaubert and Go­dard. Jul 1, 8pm. City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. $80 from 800 of the best pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur Latin and Ball­room dancers are gath­er­ing for the spec­tac­u­lar 2016 Asia In­ter­na­tional Dance Cham­pi­onships. In a day­long event that en­com­passes com­pe­ti­tions for youth, pro, am­a­teur and pro-am Latin and Ball­room, there’ll be no short­age of dy­namic per­for­mances and daz­zling cos­tumes for dance lovers to take in. Jul 28. 9am day­time ses­sion; 7:30pm evening ses­sion. Grand Hall, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai. $190-1,800 from asi­ain­ter­na­

Up­beat: Igudes­man & Joo with the Hong Kong Sin­foni­etta

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