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.
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 urbtix.hk. 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 urbtix.hk. 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 urbtix.hk from Aug 1; pre-orders available for subscribers.