Roy Hargrove Quintet, “Tribute to Miles” Two-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove and his quintet of musicmakers make a stop in Hong Kong to pay their respects to the late, great Miles Davis. Discovered out of high school by Wynton Marsalis, Hargrove has played with everyone from former Miles collaborator Herbie Hancock to neo-soul libertine D’Angelo and certified goddess Erykah Badu. Oct 20, 8:15pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, $280-580 from urbtix.hk France’s Ensemble InterContemporain, one of the leading contemporary music groups in the world, will be making their debut in Hong Kong. They’ll be playing all the atonal hitmakers, including pieces by Arnold Schoenberg, György Ligeti, the ensemble’s art director Matthias Pintscher, Franco Donatoni and new Hong Kong composer Charles Kwong. Leave your conventional musical companions at home and settle in for a night of some of the most challenging pieces of music, played by some of the best musicians anywhere. Oct 23, 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, $200-420 from urbtix.hk Joseph Moog Plays Brahms
28-year-old piano virtuoso Joseph Moog has toured all over, playing with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras including the Detroit Symphony and the Helsinki Philharmonic. He’ll be joining the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and guest conductor Christoph Poppen in a performance of three Austrian greats: Webern’s “Langsamer Satz,” Haydn’s “Symphony No. 104 in D,” and Brahms’ “Piano Concert No. 2 in B-flat, Op 83.” Oct 15, 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, $140-360 from urbtix.hk One of the world’s most celebrated wind ensembles, Les Vents Français, will be performing a programme that includes Poulenc’s “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano,” as well as Saint-Saëns’ “Caprice sur des airs Danois et Russes,” among other woodwind pieces.
This all-star group includes Emmanuel Pahud on flute, Paul Meyer on clarinet and oboist François Leleux—each of whom have individually carved out a name for themselves in the music world. Oct 19, 8pm. Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, $180-400 from urbtix.hk 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,hkphil.org. $280-680 from urbtix.hk A new contemporary performance by German choreographer Sasha Waltz, composer Toshio Hosokawa and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble mixes elements of Japanese Noh theater, opera and contemporary dance in this modern interpretation of the Noh play “Matsukaze,” about the lingering spirits of two sisters who died of grief after their love went away. Through Oct 23, 7:30pm. Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, newvisionfestival.gov.hk. $160-580 from urbtix.hk The renowned Bangladeshi dancer, choreographer and 2012 Olivier Award recipient Akram Khan reinvisions the Sanskrit epic poem “The Mahabarata” in Hong Kong for the New Vision Art Festival. A trio of dancers—Akram Khan, Chien Ching-ying, and Christine Joy Ritter—depict the transformation of a kidnapped princess, from her vulnerable state into an androgynous warrior, bloodthirsty for revenge. Nov 19, 8pm; Nov 20, 3pm.
Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, newvisionfestival.gov.hk
$140-480 from urbtix.hk After being commissioned by the Festival d’Automne à Paris and making its premiere at the Centre Pompidou, “Superposition,” by musician and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda, makes its way to Hong Kong. This huge sonic and visual performance involves two performers playing non-musical instruments, interacting with 21 video screens of different sizes. Nov 18-19, 8pm. Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall, 1 Yuen Wo Rd., Sha Tin, newvisionfestival.gov.hk. $120-300 from urbtix.hk Stomp
After touring the world for 25 years, and staging over 20,000 performances in more than 53 countries, Stomp is coming to Macau. The eight-piece performance group turns everyday items—bin lids, plastic bags, lighters; everything, including the literal kitchen sink—into an explosive percussive symphony. Through Oct 9. Venetian Theatre, The Venetian, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau, venetianmacao.com. $180-780 from hkticketing.com
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