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Back On Stage II (Quarantined!)

Principal Guest Conductor Christoph Poppen
Piano Alexander Krichel
Director Stanley Ho



Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43


Symphony No 8 in F, Op 93

Special Performance:



Sonata for Piano & Violin No 5 in F, Op 24, “Spring”

Violin: Christoph Poppen
Piano: Alexander Krichel

Recorded Live at HK City Hall Concert Hall on 26.9.2020


Encouraged by the rapturous response of their début film “Back On Stage concert” which involved only the string section of the orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta ventures into its second attempt to share their experience with virtual audiences – this time in full force with 61 musicians, complete with winds, brass, harp and percussion.

Under the COVID-19 spell when the doors of the HK City Hall Concert Hall were still tightly shut for the audience, Hong Kong Sinfonietta recorded this concert one Saturday afternoon on 26 Sept 2020, with no fewer than eight cameras plus one jib, all equipped with the latest 4K technology.

“Back On Stage II (Quarantined!)” features two artists from Germany (Principal Guest Conductor Christoph Poppen and pianist Alexander Krichel) who stayed in a hotel room in Hong Kong for a full 14 days prior to their first rehearsal to satisfy the quarantine regulations. This film stands testament to Hong Kong Sinfonietta overcoming the difficulties of making music under the current situation, as they adapted to face masks and partitions – which have unfortunately become the new norm for orchestral performances.

The choice of repertoire: Rachmaninov’s ever-exuberant and bubbly Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, paired with Beethoven’s 8th Symphony – which signifies a more grounded sense of joy and serenity – reflect the dichotomy of our reminiscence of the “good times” (pre-COVID) and our hope for better times ahead (post-COVID). As a fitting bonus at the end, Beethoven’s best-loved “Spring” Sonata for piano and violin showers the empty auditorium with a warm drizzle, as the sunshine promises a new hope for a new beginning.



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1.3.2021 (Mon) | 7pm

MOViE MOViE Pacific Place
12.3.2021 (Fri) | 7pm *

13.3.2021 (Sat)  | 3pm*

14.3.2021 (Sun) | 3:10pm*

18.3.2021 (Thu) | 7pm* (Full House)
19.3.2021 (Fri) | 7pm* (Full House)
20.3.2021 (Sat) | 3:15pm (Additional Screening)
24.3.2021 (Wed) | 7pm* (Additional Screening)

MOViE MOViE Cityplaza
21.3.2021 (Sun) | 3:10pm* (Additional Screening)

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*With post-screening sharing session:
James Cuddeford (Concertmaster, Hong Kong Sinfonietta) [12-14/3, 19/3]
Yip Wing-sie (Music Director Emeritus, Hong Kong Sinfonietta) [13-14/3]
Christoph Poppen (Principal Guest Conductor, Hong Kong Sinfonietta) [21/3]

Dates & Times:

13 March 2021 (Saturday)



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Duration: 140 minutes including post-screening sharing session
Language: English (Chinese, English subtitles)
Programme Enquiries: 2836 3336 / info@hksinfonietta.org
Remarks: Hong Kong Sinfonietta reserves the right to change the programme and artists

The APPRECIATE concerts are, mainly, classical concerts featuring guest artists and conductors of world renown.  Apart from performing orchestral masterpieces, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly commissions new works and introduces to audiences works that are rarely heard in Hong Kong.

Music is good for everyone! The LEARN series takes audiences aged 0 to 88 into the world of classical music through specially designed concert series including Good Music for Babies, Good Music for Kids, Short-cut to Classical Music, Know Your Classical Music and HKS McDull Music Project.

In the light-hearted RELAX concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta shares with audiences great music ranging from orchestral favourites to music from movies and musicals.

The ENCOUNTER series offers unique opportunities for audiences to get close to the music and the performers through chamber music concerts, talks, often at unconventional venues or time. These include Good Music This Lunch, Good Music @ The Fringe, Beyond Good Music @ The Fringe, HKS ArtisTree Residency and UpClose Encounters.

Often referred to as “one of the world’s great small orchestras”, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has been invited to go on many TOURS in Europe, Asia, South and North Americas, sharing good music with audiences in over 30 cities.  In 2017/2018, the orchestra will make its début in Germany and perform at festivals in France, Portugal, as well as the Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland.

WHAT ELSE?  Apart from classical concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly appears in staged productions by Hong Kong Ballet, Opera Hong Kong and visiting arts groups such as The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This season, Hong Kong Sinfonietta will also host the 1st International Conducting Competition.