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Sea Shanty, Szymanowski & Scotland

Principal Guest Conductor Christoph Poppen
Violin Dan Zhu
 

Programme

Thomas Adès

Shanty – Over the Sea (2020) (Asian première)
Commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel with Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, Istanbul Music Festival, and Barbican Centre with Britten Sinfonia

Szymanowski

Violin Concerto No 2, Op 61

Mendelssohn

Symphony No 3 in A minor, Op 56, “Scottish”


Widely recognised as one of the leading musicians of his generation and “an artist of affecting humility and beautiful tone production” (The Strad), violinist Dan Zhu has collaborated with renowned orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra, and with legendary artists such as Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta and Krzysztof Penderecki. In his début with Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor Christoph Poppen, he will play Polish composer Szymanowski’s captivating and charismatic Violin Concerto No 2, written for the monumental Polish violinist Paweł Kochański.

The programme will also feature the Asian première of celebrated British composer Thomas Adès’ Shanty – Over the Sea, co-commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta and ten other overseas orchestras and festivals, as well as Mendelssohn’s beautifully picturesque “Scottish” Symphony.

 

Dan Zhu (Violin) 

“Truly brilliant, compelling, and polished.” Boston Musical Intelligencer

An extraordinary technical ability, an artist of affecting humility and beautiful tone production.” The Strad

“Distinctive dramaturgy of contrasts, crystalline tones with intensity and sensitivity.” Die Welt

  • Has appeared with world class orchestras under the direction of Eschenbach, Mehta, Penderecki, etc
  • Has performed at Tanglewood Music Festival (with Boston Symphony Orchestra), Salzburg Festspiele (with Camerata Salzburg), Verbier Festival, chamber music series at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
  • Chamber partners include Philippe Entremont, Peter Frankl, Lang Lang, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Mischa Maisky, Paul Meyer, etc
  • Founder and Artistic Director, Festival Etruscan Bloom, Italy



 

Christoph Poppen (Principal Guest Conductor)

“Excellent interpretation.Kölner Stadtanzeiger

“Christoph Poppen brought out a broad soundscape from the orchestra.” Süddeutsche Zeitung

  • Principal Conductor, Cologne Chamber Orchestra
  • Artistic Director, Marvão International Music Festival, Portugal
  • Artistic Director, Classic Revolution Festival, South Korea
  • Music Director, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie (2007-2011)
  • Artistic Director, Munich Chamber Orchestra (1995-2006)

 

Thomas Adès (Composer)

“…no one can fairly question that [Adès’] is among the most accomplished all-around musicians of his generation.” The New York Times

“It is not unusual to find today’s composers mining the music of the past, but nobody does it with the panache or originality of Adès.” Financial Times

“Thomas Adès is a force of musical nature.” Bachtrack

On Adès’ Shanty – Over the Sea:
“A hypnotic, captivating piece in which a timeless melody drifts in and out of focus over the steady beat of persistent pizzicatos before fading into an eerie silence suggestive of vast expanses of open sea. The beauty of the string writing recalls Sibelius.” The Guardian

  • His compositions are performed by Berlin Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and featured at Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festspiele and BBC Proms
  • Winner of Grawemeyer Award, Royal Philharmonic Society Large-scale Composition Awards, Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize, British Composer Award, Léonie Sonning Music Prize and Toru Takemitsu Composition Award

Admission Arrangement of Venue

Booking Details
Dates & Times:

22 January 2022 (Saturday)
8pm

Venue:

HK City Hall Concert Hall

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Price:

$420, $280, $160


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Duration: Approximately 2 hours with a 15 min intermission
Age Limit: 6 (Person below this age not admitted)
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.