LCSD unveils star-studded line-up for Great Music 2024

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Basel Chamber Orchestra.

23rd April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) is set to enthral music enthusiasts with their highly anticipated event, Great Music 2024. Spanning from May to November, this musical extravaganza will feature acclaimed musicians and orchestras from around the world, along with a talented local music producer. The program aims to immerse audiences in the vibrant arts and cultural scene of Hong Kong, showcasing the city’s unique fusion of Eastern and Western influences.

The line-up for Great Music 2024 is nothing short of extraordinary, promising unforgettable performances that will resonate with music lovers of all genres.

Kicking off the series is the Jazz Concert by the Grammy Award and Latin Grammy Award winner, Eliane Elias. Scheduled for 28th May at the Concert Hall in Hong Kong City Hall, Elias will treat the audience to her captivating compositions that blend jazz, Brazilian, classical, and pop music styles. With her unparalleled talent, she is set to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience to the Hong Kong audience. Ticket prices for this event range from $200 to $520.

Following closely is the highly anticipated Violin Recital by the sought-after virtuoso, Ray Chen. Taking place on June 7 and 8 at the Concert Hall in Hong Kong City Hall, Chen’s performances will feature a mesmerising repertoire that includes the works of Beethoven, Bach, and a unique reinterpretation of a Chick Corea classic. Music enthusiasts can expect an inspired and virtuosic performance that showcases Chen’s exceptional talent. Tickets for this event are priced between $250 and $650.

On 11th June, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson will grace the stage at the Concert Hall in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre for a Piano Recital. Renowned for his interpretation of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” Ólafsson will transport the audience with his distinctive musical perspective. This performance promises to be a captivating journey through Bach’s monumental masterpiece. Ticket prices for this event range from $250 to $650.

Music aficionados can look forward to the Basel Chamber Orchestra’s presentation on 25th June at the Concert Hall in Hong Kong City Hall. Under the baton of the esteemed Austrian clarinetist and conductor, Andreas Ottensamer, the orchestra will delight the audience with a selection of classical masterpieces. Joining forces with the orchestra for the first time, Japanese pianist Kyohei Sorita will perform Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 4,” adding a touch of brilliance to this unforgettable evening. Tickets for this performance are priced at $350 and $700.

Marking its comeback after a 12-year hiatus, the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra will grace Hong Kong with their enchanting performances of Shanghai-style Chinese music. Conducted by the renowned Tang Muhai, the orchestra will take the stage on August 5 at the Concert Hall in Hong Kong City Hall and on August 6 at the Auditorium in Tsuen Wan Town Hall. These performances will showcase the unique charm of contemporary Chinese music and the rich cultural heritage of the Jiangnan region as part of the inaugural Chinese Culture Festival. Ticket prices for both events range from $200 to $440.

Tickets for the Jazz Concert by Eliane Elias and “New Oriental Chinese Music Scene” by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra are now available for purchase at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For telephone bookings, interested individuals can call 3166 1288. Tickets for the Violin Recital by Ray Chen, Piano Recital by Víkingur Ólafsson, and Basel Chamber Orchestra will be available from 30th April onwards. For program enquiries and information on concessionary schemes, individuals can call 2268 7321 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/groups_1682.html.

In addition to the above-mentioned performances, the Great Music 2024 will also feature the “ART!ON POP” Concert, Duo Recital by Gautier Capuçon (Cello) and Jean-Yves Thilbaudet (Piano), as well as the Piano Recital by Evgeny Kissin. These events will take place on 21st – 22nd July, 3rd October, and 16th November respectively at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Detailed program information and booking schedules for these concerts will be announced at a later date, urging music enthusiasts to stay tuned for updates.

Photo shows cellist Gautier Capuçon. (Photo source: Anoush Abrar)
Photo shows the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra.