Giacomo Puccini’s timeless opera gets a pared-down 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 (pictured) 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 Hong Kong violist Born Lau has performed around the world, from Canada to Korea, playing with the Tokyo String Quartet and the San Diego Symphony, among others. He returns to Hong Kong, in concert with pianist Colleen Lee, for a showcase of classical pieces including Eccles’ “Sonata in G Minor,” Brahms’ “Sonata in E-flat, Op. 120, No.2,” “Dance of the Knights” from Profokiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite. Aug 28, 8pm. Theatre, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central.
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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 Pl., Central. $120-380 from urbtix.hk Whitacre Conducts Whitacre Grammy-winning conductor/composer and Los Angeles Master Chorale artist-in-residence Eric Whitacre makes his Hong Kong debut, joining the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra and Voices for a performance of his best-loved works. Whitacre is known for his choral ensemble music, particularly his groundbreaking “Virtual Choir” projects, combining voices from all over the world into an online choir. If you’re remotely interested in the power of song, take this opportunity to see this megastar of choral music in the flesh. Aug 19-20, 8pm. Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium, 72 Tai Ho Rd., Tsuen Wan. $180-500 from urbtix.hk The next concert in Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s “Beyond Good Music” series at the Fringe mixes indie, folk, pop and theater. Composer and singer Anna Lo has collaborated with the Sinfonietta and the Hong Kong Dance Company, and has moved into film composition with her latest project, the score for the documentary “She Objects.” Here she performs her original works with members of the Sinfonietta. Aug 22-23, 7pm. Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central.
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Anna Lo with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta Journey to the West
National Day Celebration
Born Lau Viola Recital