The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is showcasing the great talents within its own ranks, with two concerts on December 2 and 3. Music Director Jaap van Zweden will be leading four principal players in Haydn’s beautiful and charming Sinfonia concertante.
The programme also includes the world premiere of a work composed by HK Phil’s principal timpanist James Boznos who writes under the name OZNO. And finally, the whole orchestra will demonstrate its virtuosity in Dvořák’s beloved Symphony no. 7.
OZNO’s Oikogeneia is a collection of 21 fantasies originally written as Christmas presents for his family members. The work is dedicated to Jaap van Zweden.
Haydn’s enchanting Sinfonia concertante features a quartet of principal players in a witty musical interplay between winds and strings. All four solo roles are filled with challenging virtuoso music, but the music is full of charm, good humour, and typically Classical elegance. HK Phil’s principals, Michael Wilson (oboe), Benjamin Moermond (bassoon), Jing Wang (violin) and Richard Bamping (cello), are sure to put their virtuosity on full display.
Ending the concert is Dvořák’s 7th symphony, which is one of the Romantic Czech composer’s most popular works and, many would say, his finest symphony. At times serious, almost tragic, but filled with the characteristic dances of the composer’s homeland, the symphony offers the perfect opportunity for the entire HK Phil to showcase its collective virtuosity. A concert of matchless musical mastery.
Classics: Starring Principals of Your HK Phil will be held on 2 & 3 December (Fri & Sat), 8PM in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. Ticket prices: HK$680, $480, $380, $280. For enquiries, please call +852 2721 2332 or visit www.hkphil.org.