Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra & Chen Sa

Music
In-Venue
5
Mar
6
Mar

Introduction

A Matter of Fate: the HK Phil Plays Beethoven

Conductor Yu Lu, who in 2020 led the Ningbo Symphony Orchestra in a triumphant performance of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s nine symphonies over five consecutive days, has been described by the world-renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa as “the most outstanding and talented young conductor that I have ever encountered in my life”, and will be conducting the two Beethoven “Fifths” at the 50th Hong Kong Arts Festival.

The ominous four-note motif in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is probably one of the best known music phrases of all time, and ushers in the epic human drama of struggle, courage and triumph contained in this work. Joining the HK Phil for this concert, the brilliant pianist Chen Sa—laureate of the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition and jury member at the most recent edition in 2021—plays another Beethoven masterpiece: the Fifth Piano Concerto, known as the “Emperor” Concerto for its grandeur and indomitable spirit. This is a celebration of the life and works of the great composer and of the enduring impact of his music.

Repertoire

Mar 5–6
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No 5 in E-flat major, Op 73, “Emperor”
Beethoven
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67

CONDUCTOR

Yu Lu

PIANO

Chen Sa

Remarks

Approx. 1 hr 40 mins incl. one interval
Latecomers will be admitted after the concerto