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 the span of 18 days and four rounds, interspersed by performances, presentations and talks by some of the esteemed jury members including preeminent Austrian pianist and composer Stefan Vladar, as well as 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. chopinsocietyhk.org. 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.” Get your tickets before they sell out. Sep 9-10, 8pm.
Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd.,
Tsim Sha Tsui. $680-1980 from urbtix.hk. Beverly Leung Piano Recital Hong Kong pianist Beverly Leung will be performing Bach-Busoni’s “Chaconne in D
Minor,” Poulenc’s “Trois Pièces, FP 48,” Granados’ “Los Requiebros” and Chopin’s “24 Préludes,
Op. 28.” Leung is an emerging talent not just in the city but also internationally, having won awards at the San Danielle International Piano Conference, appeared at various music festivals, and recorded for RTHK Radio 4 as well as the
CBC in Canada. Sep 18, 8pm. Theatre, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central. $120-160 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. 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, don’t miss the chance 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. Jaap van Zweden’s Mahler and Mozart After extending his contract as Music Director of the HK Phil through to 2022 (as well as taking on a new role of Music Director of the New York Philharmonic), Jaap van Zweden will be back behind the podium for the first time this season to lead them in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony no. 1, “Titan.” They will be joined by Chinese violinist Yang Tianwa for Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4. Oct 20-21, 8pm. Concert Hall, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui.
$280-680 from urbtix.hk.