This week’s music concerts

We have a great selection of concerts for you this week.  They are all free and tickets can be picked up from the Box Office thirty minutes before the performance starts.  Enjoy!

Tuesday 25th February at 6.30pm in the Recital Hall

String Concert featuring selections from Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B minor, Paganini’s Moses Fantasy, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, Saint-Saëns’ Introduction et Rondo capriccioso in A minor and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”.

Wednesday 26th February at 6.30 pm in the Recital Hall

Brass Department Concert featuring Cousins by Herbert Clarke, Heiden’s Sonata, Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet, Gliere’s Nocturne & Romance, Softly, As I Leave You by Catherall, Rumanian Dance No. 2 by Dumitru, Lebedev’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Cornucopia for Horn Quartet by Hoffman.

Wednesday 26th February at 8pm in the Concert Hall

Academy Chinese Winds and Percussion Concert with an ensemble consisting of Suona, Guan, Dizi, Sheng, Percussion and Erhu players and adiverse programme.

Thursday 27th at 6.30pm  & Friday  28th at 7.30pm, both in the Recital Hall, there will be a Piano Concert and an Early Music Concert respectively.  Programmes to follow.


Wild and wonderful drama production on this week!

This week, the Drama School presents Ubu, a Cantonese production of Alfred Jarry’s seminal play, Ubu Roi.  Considered to be a forerunner of Theatre of the Absurd and Surrealism, the play caused a riot when it opened in Paris at the end of the 19th century.

This production is being staged in the Studio Theatre every night this week at 7.45 and twice on Saturday the 1st, at 2.45 and 7.45.  With many of our graduating students in starring roles, it promises to be as “wild, bizarre and comic” as the original. Tickets @ $50 for students and $95 for the rest of us.

Super strings on Tuesday

The programme for tomorrow’s string concert has just been released and here it is.  A lovely mix of baroque, romantic and modern pieces will leave you feeling relaxed and ready to enjoy the rest of your evening.  Starts at 6.30pm, pick up your free tickets half an hour before at the box office.

Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009                      Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27, No. 2 “Jacques Thibaud”       Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
II .Malinconia
III .Danse des Ombres; Sarabande
La Folia                                                                                                   arr. Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)
 Viola Concerto in G minor                                                                      Cecil Forsyth (1870-1941)
I .Appassionato (Cadenza) – Moderato – Con moto, agitato
String Quartet No.1,in A major , Op.7                                          Ernő Dohnányi (1877-1960)
IV .Finale: Vivace

Britannia will rule the waves – on Monday!

Chris Moyse Cool Britannia - 17 Feb 14Not a reference to the terrible floods that are plaguing that country at the moment but to our brass concert on Monday that has an all-British programme with guests: trumpeter Chris Moyse who hails from England and plays with the HK Phil and pianist Jacqueline Leung, who studied at the UK’s Royal College of Music.

The programme features ten British composers from the seventeenth century to the twenty-first.  Not to be missed!

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) – Allegro (First Movement) from Sonata in D major

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) – Overture from Suite in D major

William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982) – Suite in F major

Joseph Horovitz (1926- ) – Concertino Classico

Malcolm Bennett – Rutland Water

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) – Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury

David Gwilt (1932- ) – Opuscule

 Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934- ) – Sonatina for Solo Trumpet

 Cyril Scott (1879-1970) – British Melodies

John Hartmann (1830-1897) – Fantasia Brilliante – Rule Britannia


Music to warm you up on a cold February weekend

Tomorrow afternoon is the Junior Public Concert, an opportunity to see our gifted young musicians in action.  As promised in an earlier post, following is the programme.  If you can’t make it tomorrow, there will be another concert in March and I’ll give you the information as soon as I have it.

III  Allegro con fuoco from the Concerto in D minor by Wieniawski

Yellow After the Rain by Peters

III  Intermezzo: Allegro non troppo from the Symphonie Espagnole in D minor by Lalo

I  Allegro moderato from the Concerto in D major by Mozart

Clarinet Concerto by Copland

Rain Dance by Gomez and Rife

Sarabande et Courante by Corelli

I  Allegro moderato from the Concerto in G major by Seitz

Caprice No. 24 by Paganini

Allegretto: Polacca from the Serenade in C major by Zucchi

Saturday 15th March at 3pm in the Recital Hall.  Tickets are free and can be collected 30 minutes before the performance from the Box Office.  First come, first served.









Musical Treats in February

We have some great performances and events coming up now that the Chinese New Year break is over.  Most of them are free; you just need to come to the HKAPA Box Office thirty minutes before the show to pick up tickets.

Here’s what’s on for the rest of February offered by the School of Music:

This coming Saturday 15th at 3pm in the Recital Hall is the Academy Junior Music Concert, featuring the talented youngsters who are in training to become the future music professionals and gifted amateurs that are so important to the cultural life of Hong Kong.  Programme details to follow.

Specially for Anglophiles! On Monday 17th, guest artists Christopher Moyse on trumpet and Jacqueline Leung on piano join members of the Academy Orchestra for an all-British programme.  The concert is at 8pm in the Recital Hall and I’ll let you know the details in the next post.

The following day, Tuesday 18th, there is a String Concert at 6.30pm in the Recital Hall.  These early starts are great for those of you who can get away from work in time to attend them.  You can unwind from your day listening to some gorgeous classical music and still have time for a good dinner and a reasonable bedtime.  Perfect!

There are three more early evening concerts in February that will take place in the Recital Hall at 6.30pm:  Woodwind on the 20th; another String concert on the 25th and Piano on the 27th.

Then there are a couple of the special concerts at which the Academy excels:  on Wednesday 26th at 8pm in the Concert Hall, there is a Chinese Wind & Percussion Concert featuring 19 Masters, Undergraduate and Diploma students in a full programme that I’ll give more details about in a later post.

Finally, there’s an Early Music concert at the very end of the month, Friday 28th, at 7.30pm.  Details to follow but we can be fairly certain there’ll be some lovely harpsichord…

Hope you can make it to at least one of these shows.  Guaranteed enjoyment for music lovers!

Don’t Rain on my Parade!

My apologies for not getting this up sooner.  Editing the footage of this flash mob performance was quite a challenge for me but, with some assistance, here it is.  As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the best things about this performance was seeing how much the participants were enjoying themselves.  A clear indication of how popular and successful inter-school and programme collaborations are.  Enjoy!