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Madama But­ter­fly

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 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 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 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

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