Hong Kong International
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 urbtix.hk 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 urbtix.com. 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 urbtix.hk.
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