Marin Alsop with the
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Music 
21-22 Feb 2019
Marin Alsop with the
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Music 
21-22 Feb 2019
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Marin Alsop with the
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Music 
21-22 Feb 2019
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Marin Alsop with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Brazil’s flagship orchestra makes its thrilling Asian debut. As the first female music director of a major American orchestra and the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms, Marin Alsop is herself a history-maker. This programme includes Alsop’s exuberant tribute to her mentor Leonard Bernstein, alongside Paganini’s virtuosic concerto, and sparkling gems by Villa-Lobos and Rimsky-Korsakov.
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Brazil’s flagship orchestra makes its thrilling Asian debut. As the first female music director of a major American orchestra and the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms, Marin Alsop is herself a history-maker. This programme includes Alsop’s exuberant tribute to her mentor Leonard Bernstein, alongside Paganini’s virtuosic concerto, and sparkling gems by Villa-Lobos and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Unflagging energy from Brazil’s flagship orchestra, inspired by a trailblazing conductor

“Boisterous, athletic, perfectly poised” ★★★★ Financial Times
“The equivalent of a Rio Olympics closing ceremony” ★★★★ Bachtrack
“Alsop was utterly cool on the podium: decisive, clear, brisk with tempos, totally in control” Herald Scotland

Breaking the glass ceiling with her baton, Marin Alsop became the first female music director of a major American orchestra in 2007 and, in 2013, conducted the Last Night of the BBC Proms—the first woman to do so in the festival’s then 118-year history.

Alsop makes her long-awaited Hong Kong debut with Brazil’s flagship ensemble São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, which has become Latin America’s leading professional orchestra through her tenure since 2012, first as Principal Conductor and later as Music Director. Together, they gave the first performance by a Brazilian orchestra at the BBC Proms, and have appeared at other prestigious venues including the Berliner Philharmonie, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Lucerne and Edinburgh Festivals, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Alsop is also Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has been appointed as ORF Vienna Radio Symphony’s Chief Conductor from September 2019.

Both core orchestral repertoire and Brazilian beats heat up these two HKAF concerts: Prokofiev’s witty parody of a ‘classical’ symphony opens the first night, followed by Paganini’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No 1 with acclaimed soloist Ning Feng and Richard Strauss’s emotionally charged Der Rosenkavalier Suite. A celebrated protégée of Leonard Bernstein, Alsop opens the second concert with her mentor’s exuberant Candide Overture, before we take in the fabulously textured Bachianas Brasileiras – Baroque harmony and counterpoint reimagined by Brazil’s most significant composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos – and finally a dazzling conclusion with Rimsky-Korsakov’s colourful Scheherazade.
Feb 21 (Festival Opening)
Prokofiev
Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, “Classical”

Paganini
Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 6
Violin: Ning Feng

Camargo Guarnieri
Suíte Vila Rica (excerpts)

R. Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier Suite  

Feb 22
Bernstein
Candide Overture

Villa-Lobos
Bachianas Brasileiras, No 4

Ginastera
Dances from Estancia, Op 8

Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade, Op 35
Open Rehearsal: Marin Alsop, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and local student orchestras

As part of the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival PLUS programme, world-renowned conductor Marin Alsop, together with Latin America’s leading São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, will share the stage with two local award-winning student orchestras from Diocesan Boys' School and Diocesan Girls’ School to support the development of young musical talent.

The open rehearsal will consist of two parts: in the first, Alsop will conduct and share with each student orchestra her rich experiences in the world of music. In the second, Alsop – a protégée of the late American composer Leonard Bernstein – will be joined by musicians from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra to practice and perform Bernstein’s Candide Overture alongside the student orchestras onstage.

The open rehearsal will not only provide audiences the opportunity to enjoy the raw charisma of orchestral music, but also pass the flame of knowledge from Bernstein to Alsop, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and, finally, to Hong Kong’s bright young musicians.

Date: 20 Feb 2019(Wed)
Time: 4:15pm
Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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SPSO String Quartet

Date: 20 Feb 2019(Wed)
Time: 8:00-9:00pm
Venue: St Andrew's Church (Tsim Sha Tsui)
$200

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Pre-Performance Talk

Date: 22 Feb 2019(Fri)
Time: 6:45-7:15pm
Venue: Podium Workshop, HK Cultural Centre 
Speaker: Marin Alsop (Chief Conductor, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra)

In English

Free and open to all ticket holders, first-come, first-served basis
Introduction
Unflagging energy from Brazil’s flagship orchestra, inspired by a trailblazing conductor

“Boisterous, athletic, perfectly poised” ★★★★ Financial Times
“The equivalent of a Rio Olympics closing ceremony” ★★★★ Bachtrack
“Alsop was utterly cool on the podium: decisive, clear, brisk with tempos, totally in control” Herald Scotland

Breaking the glass ceiling with her baton, Marin Alsop became the first female music director of a major American orchestra in 2007 and, in 2013, conducted the Last Night of the BBC Proms—the first woman to do so in the festival’s then 118-year history.

Alsop makes her long-awaited Hong Kong debut with Brazil’s flagship ensemble São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, which has become Latin America’s leading professional orchestra through her tenure since 2012, first as Principal Conductor and later as Music Director. Together, they gave the first performance by a Brazilian orchestra at the BBC Proms, and have appeared at other prestigious venues including the Berliner Philharmonie, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Lucerne and Edinburgh Festivals, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Alsop is also Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has been appointed as ORF Vienna Radio Symphony’s Chief Conductor from September 2019.

Both core orchestral repertoire and Brazilian beats heat up these two HKAF concerts: Prokofiev’s witty parody of a ‘classical’ symphony opens the first night, followed by Paganini’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No 1 with acclaimed soloist Ning Feng and Richard Strauss’s emotionally charged Der Rosenkavalier Suite. A celebrated protégée of Leonard Bernstein, Alsop opens the second concert with her mentor’s exuberant Candide Overture, before we take in the fabulously textured Bachianas Brasileiras – Baroque harmony and counterpoint reimagined by Brazil’s most significant composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos – and finally a dazzling conclusion with Rimsky-Korsakov’s colourful Scheherazade.
Programme
Feb 21 (Festival Opening)
Prokofiev
Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, “Classical”

Paganini
Violin Concerto No 1 in D major, Op 6
Violin: Ning Feng

Camargo Guarnieri
Suíte Vila Rica (excerpts)

R. Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier Suite  

Feb 22
Bernstein
Candide Overture

Villa-Lobos
Bachianas Brasileiras, No 4

Ginastera
Dances from Estancia, Op 8

Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade, Op 35
PLUS
Open Rehearsal: Marin Alsop, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and local student orchestras

As part of the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival PLUS programme, world-renowned conductor Marin Alsop, together with Latin America’s leading São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, will share the stage with two local award-winning student orchestras from Diocesan Boys' School and Diocesan Girls’ School to support the development of young musical talent.

The open rehearsal will consist of two parts: in the first, Alsop will conduct and share with each student orchestra her rich experiences in the world of music. In the second, Alsop – a protégée of the late American composer Leonard Bernstein – will be joined by musicians from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra to practice and perform Bernstein’s Candide Overture alongside the student orchestras onstage.

The open rehearsal will not only provide audiences the opportunity to enjoy the raw charisma of orchestral music, but also pass the flame of knowledge from Bernstein to Alsop, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and, finally, to Hong Kong’s bright young musicians.

Date: 20 Feb 2019(Wed)
Time: 4:15pm
Venue: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Book Now


SPSO String Quartet

Date: 20 Feb 2019(Wed)
Time: 8:00-9:00pm
Venue: St Andrew's Church (Tsim Sha Tsui)
$200

Book Now


Pre-Performance Talk

Date: 22 Feb 2019(Fri)
Time: 6:45-7:15pm
Venue: Podium Workshop, HK Cultural Centre 
Speaker: Marin Alsop (Chief Conductor, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra)

In English

Free and open to all ticket holders, first-come, first-served basis