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Arts Save The Date: 5 Cultural Events To Look Forward To In Hong Kong This Autumn

Save The Date: 5 Cultural Events To Look Forward To In Hong Kong This Autumn

Save The Date: 5 Cultural Events To Look Forward To In Hong Kong This Autumn
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (Photo: Nathan King)
By Zabrina Lo
By Zabrina Lo
August 05, 2020
Over the next few months, Hong Kong is hosting events celebrating major cultural figures—from famed composers to talented artists

1/5 Sep 21-Feb 28: The Hong Kong Culture Festival

Italian two-handed sword demonstration at the 2nd International Martial Studies Conference
Convergence by the Hong Kong Dance Company

The sixth edition of Hong Kong’s festival of traditional arts returns as a joint effort by more than 10 local and international cultural institutions. This year’s edition will feature performances of Taoist music, Chinese dance and martial arts by the Hong Kong Dance Company. There will be the Hong Kong Dragon and Lion Dance Fiesta, and the Hakka Unicorn Dance and Kung Fu Carnival.

The festival also commemorates both western and Chinese visual arts through an ink art exhibition, the Chinese Ink Painting Institute and the Art Promotion Office. Another highlight this year is the collaboration between the Martial Arts Museum in Italy, Tai Kwun and the City University of Hong Kong on Way of the Sword, an exhibition depicting warrior traditions in China and Italy.

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See also: 10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In August 2020

2/5 Oct 2-24: Beethoven's 250th

Farcus (Photo: Dario Acosta)
Valentina Farcus (Photo: Dario Acosta)

German composer Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the most influential figures in classical and romantic music, despite suffering from deafness later in his life. Major music groups in Hong Kong will pay tribute to the maestro by performing his legacy compositions to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has four programmes in the pipeline, all conducted by music director Jaap van Zweden. The season kicks off with Symphony No 9, a piece that calls for joy and peace, presented by the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus, as well as Leonore Overture No 2, one of several overtures drafted as the opener to his only opera, Fidelio.

The opera itself, which is about struggle, freedom and love, will be performed by Wagner’s Ring stars Simon O’Neill, Matthias Goerne, Valentina Farcas, as well as the State Choir Latvija and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus.

Four-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will play Triple Concerto with cellist Kian Soltani and pianist Lauma Skride. The season will end with the pairing of Beethoven’s violin concerto pieces Romance No 1 and Symphony No 8, two of the composer’s personal favourites.

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3/5 Oct 31-Jan 31: Beethoven The Immortal

Maximilian Hornung (Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Maximilian Hornung (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

Hong Kong Sinfonietta presents Beethoven the Immortal, a concert by local conductor Jason Lai and pianist Colleen Lee, who will perform the musical giant’s last completed piano concerto, The Emperor Concerto, as well as two other pieces that explore the themes of conflict, courage and victory.

The company also presents The Beethoven Series, which includes two programmes featuring international heavyweights. Ode to Beethoven will be conducted by German violinist Christoph Poppen, while Cellomania, which also features music by Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, will be performed by Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist Maximilian Hornung.

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4/5 Dec 4-6: Joe Hisaishi

Photo: Courtesy of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo: Courtesy of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Japanese composer-conductor Joe Hisaishi turns 70 this December, coinciding with his return to Hong Kong for a series of special performances. The seven-time Japanese Academy Film Prize winner is behind the many mesmerising pieces for Studio Ghibli’s animations, such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

The “John Williams of Japan” returns to Hong Kong this December to conduct his well-known works Woman and Kiki’s Delivery Service Suite with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He will also present two premieres of his orchestral works, Symphony No 2 and The Border, Concerto for 3 Horns, which will feature Japanese hornist Nobuaki Fukukawa, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s principal horn player, Lin Jiang.

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5/5 Dec 23: Jaap van Zweden

Jaap van Zweden (Photo: Cheung Wai-lok)
Jaap van Zweden conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic
Orchestra (Photo: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)

Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden, who simultaneously holds the posts of musical director of both the Hong Kong and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, will celebrate his 60th birthday this year—in a big way. Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus will toast the maestro’s milestone with a music gala featuring American violinist Joshua Bell, the current owner of the 1713 ‘Gibson, Huberman’ Stradivari antique violin, one of the world’s finest instruments, which has been stolen and recovered twice in its lifetime.

Concert-goers will get to see and hear its esteemed strings play Beethoven’s most famous and popular work, Symphony No 5, onstage with the Academy Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ school of music’s training orchestra. The programme will be topped off with a premiere of Hong Kong composer Chan Kai-young’s newly commissioned piece for the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

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