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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 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. chopinso­ci­ 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.” Get your tick­ets be­fore they sell out. Sep 9-10, 8pm.

Hong Kong Cul­tural Cen­tre, 10 Sal­is­bury Rd.,

Tsim Sha Tsui. $680-1980 from 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 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 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 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.

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