Bands around the World
Hong Kong Professional Winds
Music Director: Dr Yip Wai-hong
Conductor: Kelvin Ngai
Piano: Jacky Wong

“A rare treat”
– South China Morning Post

Expansive Africa, mystical India, spectacular America, romantic Europe, including a tribute to Scotland's awe-inspiring landscape… all secure a place on this imaginative journey across the continents designed by eminent conductor Dr Yip Wai-hong. In Bands around the World, travel with Hong Kong Professional Winds through a kaleidoscope of different cultures as the group performs inspiring international classics under the baton of Kelvin Ngai.

Founded by Dr Yip in 2013, Hong Kong Professional Winds is the city’s first full-time ensemble of its kind. Previous collaborations include performances with acclaimed pianist Shen Wenyu and violinist Li Chuanyun. In this stirring concert, the guest soloist is pianist Jacky Wong, Asia Pacific’s first musician to conduct and play all Beethoven’s piano concertos. Here, the multi-talented young maestro will perform the Emperor concerto as conductor and pianist as part of an adventurous musical tour conjuring up sights from sounds in an effervescent display of global creativity.

Yoder/Walters Bands Around the World
McCoy African Symphony
Rimsky-Korsakov Song of India
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73,
Emperor: 1st movement
Dvořák Symphony No.9 in E Minor, Op. 95,
From the New World:2nd & 4th movements
Arnold Four Scottish Dances
Schwarz Around the World in Eighty Days
Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium

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  • Approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes

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Theatre of Death
Artist and director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) refused to be guided by texts, placing the emphasis on the visual elements of theatre. Kantor combined radical props and stage design with happenings (different art forms brought together in a live performance) to manifest the absurdity and emptiness of reality. In 1975,Kantor created Dead Class, a controversial play from which he developed the Theatre of Death concept, probing such motifs as death, memory, spiritual transcendence, and the most basic human desires.
Poor Theatre
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