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Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional

Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion

As part of the Chopin So­ci­ety’s Joy of

Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, the fourth an­nual Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion rounds up 35 pi­anists in a com­pe­ti­tion that un­folds over 18 days and four rounds, in­ter­spersed by per­for­mances, pre­sen­ta­tions and talks by some of the es­teemed jury mem­bers in­clud­ing Aus­trian pi­anist and com­poser Ste­fan Vladar, and critic Bryce Mor­ri­son, an au­thor­ity on pi­ano performance. All com­pe­ti­tion dates are open to the pub­lic. Sep 26-Oct 13. Con­cert Hall, City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. Day pass $50-200; Pass to one of four com­pe­ti­tion rounds $200-300 from info@chopinso­ci­

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.” Sep 9-10, 8pm. Hong Kong Cul­tural Cen­tre, 10 Sal­is­bury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $680-1,980 from Matthias Rácz with the Hong Kong Sin­foni­etta Ger­man bas­soon vir­tu­oso Matthias Rácz blows into Hong Kong for the first time. In this de­but, he will be lead­ing the Sin­foni­etta with Mozart’s Bas­soon Con­certo in B-flat, Mes­si­aen’s “Les Of­fran­des Oubliées” and one of Beethoven’s most beloved sym­phonies, Sym­phony no. 3, “Eroica.” Con­duct­ing the con­cert is an­other spe­cial guest, the Hong Kong-born Ken Lam, cur­rently the Mu­sic Di­rec­tor of the Charleston Sym­phony Orches­tra. Aug 20, 8pm. Con­cert Hall, City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. $140-340 from To com­mem­o­rate the 150th birth­day of Sun Yat Sen, the Hong Kong Phil­har­monic Cho­rus, along with con­duc­tor Zhang Guoyang, so­prano Song Yuan­ming (yes, she’s a singer and her name is Song), tenors Zhang Xueliang and Yang Yan and bari­tone Yuan Chenye are hold­ing a cel­e­bra­tion the day af­ter the Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val. In­stead of “Happy Birth­day,” they’re per­form­ing the

Sun Yat Sen Sym­phonic Suite and the “Yel­low River Canata” by Xian Xing­hai (known as “the Peo­ple’s Com­poser”). Sep 16, 17, 8pm. City Hall, 5 Ed­in­burgh Place, Cen­tral. $120-380 from

Na­tional Day Cel­e­bra­tion

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