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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

UpClose En­coun­ters: Fazil Say on Say

In this in­ti­mate per­for­mance, au­di­ence mem­bers get to sit right on the stage as com­poser and pi­anist Fazil Say presents the Hong Kong and Asia pre­mieres of four works (in­clud­ing his jazzy reimag­in­ing of Pa­ganini’s 24th Capric­cio theme, “Pa­ganini Jazz”) writ­ten over the course of his ca­reer. The Turk­ish pi­anist, once de­scribed by Le Fi­garo as “one of the great­est artists of the 21st cen­tury,” will share his mu­si­cal in­sights dur­ing the con­cert. Jul 21, 7:30pm. Con­cert Hall, City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. $300 from Madama But­ter­fly

Gi­a­como Puc­cini’s time­less opera gets a pared­down stag­ing cour­tesy of Opera Hong Kong’s stun­ning en­sem­ble. In Puc­cini’s tragic tale, a Ja­panese woman, Cio-Cio-San, falls in love with the Amer­i­can Lieu­tenant Pinker­ton, gets preg­nant, and is aban­doned un­til he comes back to take her child away. This semi-staged pro­duc­tion stars so­pra­nos Nancy Yuen and Louise Kwong tak­ing turns as Cio-Cio-San and Adam Diegel as Pinker­ton. Aug 16-17, 8pm. Con­cert Hall, City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. $80-350 from Yo-Yo Ma

Head­lin­ing the HK Phil­har­monic’s dy­namic sea­son opener is the one and only Yo-Yo Ma, the world­wide Chi­nese-Amer­i­can cello sen­sa­tion. He’ll be play­ing Bizet’s Sym­phony in C, “Silent Woods” by Dvořák, and duet­ing with Wu Tong (on the sheng, a Han dy­nasty-era wind in­stru­ment) for Chi­nese com­poser Zhao Lin’s “Duo.” Get your tick­ets be­fore they sell out. Sep 9-10, 8pm. Hong Kong Cul­tural Cen­tre, 10 Sal­is­bury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $680-1,980 from from Aug 1; pre-or­ders avail­able for sub­scribers.

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