Hong Kong Philharmonic Announces 2005-06 Season

Classic Arts News   Hong Kong Philharmonic Announces 2005-06 Season
The Hong Kong Philharmonic's 2005-06 season, its second under artistic director Edo de Waart, will open with concert performances of Strauss's Elektra, the orchestra announced.

The concerts will feature soprano Susan Bullock, tenor Chris Merritt, and soprano Gwyneth Jones. At a press conference, de Waart noted that the HKPO asked martial arts novelist Louis Cha to translate the title into Chinese for the performances; Cha's title literally means "love and hatred in the palace."

Other season highlights include a performance by the young Chinese pianist Yundi Li, performing with de Waart for the first time; the Hong Kong premiere of Chen Yi's Percussion Concerto; and the HKPO's first-ever dance commission, a work by choreographer Mui Cheuk-yin set to Ravel's Bolero.

In spring 2006, the HKPO will perform a series of concerts marking the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth and Shostakovich's centenary. The season ends with a three-week Tchaikovsky festival.

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