Hong Kong International Piano Competition The fourth annual Hong Kong International Piano Competition rounds up 35 pianists in an 18-day, four round competition, interspersed by performances, presentations and talks by jury members including preeminent Austrian pianist and composer Stefan Vladar, and critic Bryce Morrison. 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 email@example.com
Classical and Romantic Journey
Guest conductor Lio Kuokman and Korean-born violinist Dami Kim will lead the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Romantic period and 20th century classical works. Highlights include Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Suite no. 1 from Bizet’s “Carmen,” Beethoven’s “Romance in F,” and Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide. ”Sep 23-24, 8pm.
Sha Tin Town Hall, 1 Yuen Wo Rd., Sha Tin; Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre, 9 Yuen Long Tai Yuk Rd., Yuen Long, $100-180 from urbtix.hk
Renowned Celtic fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt and her cast of Irish musicmakers will be storming their way to Hong Kong City Hall for a performance of Irish rhythms and dance. Nesbitt cut her teeth with the RTE National Concert Orchestra playing classical, as well as Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and David Kavanagh’s Celtic Woman. Presented by the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.
Sep 20-21, 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, $200-400 from urbtix.hk
Bridging the Glorious Dynasties of Ancient China and Hong Kong
Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is using music to form a sonic link between the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties and present-day Hong Kong. They have commissioned composers of different backgrounds to compose works that speak to each era: Malaysia-born Chew Hee
Chiat is inspired by the rites and music of the ancient Zhao; China’s Cheng Dazhao reflects on the toppling of a powerful regime; Lao Luo from Germany follows the Han envoy Zhang Qian as he heads west to uncover the Silk Road. Sep 23-24, 8pm. Concert Hall, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui. $100-390 from urbtix.hk