[12 November 2022, Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) successfully wrapped up Swire Symphony Under The Stars, its free annual outdoor mega-concert, attracting an audience of nearly 12,000 at the Central Harbourfront tonight (12 November). Under the baton of HK Phil Principal Guest Conductor Yu Long, the concert embarked on an extraordinary journey through some spectacular Italian orchestral works with Hong Kong’s iconic skyline as the backdrop. The performance was simultaneously live streamed on the HK Phil website, Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as the Swire TrustTomorrow Facebook page. It was also broadcast live on RTHK TV 31 and rthk.tv.
Led by Yu Long and hosted by Phoebus Chan, this year’s concert presented an Italian-themed programme with works by Berlioz, Rossini, Vivaldi, Wilson and Respighi, along with Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Rachmaninov, featuring Serena Wang on the piano. Five HK Phil musicians performed as soloists – Concertmaster Jing Wang (Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: Summer), and the four members of Trombone section – Jarod Vermette, Christian Goldsmith, Kevin Thompson and Aaron Albert (Willson’s “Seventy-Six Trombones”). The concert ended on a high note with Respighi’s Pines of Rome, accompanied by a stunning fireworks display at the climax.
The HK Phil wishes to express its deepest gratitude for the generous and continued support from Swire, as well as to Hong Kong’s music lovers who have helped make Swire Symphony Under The Stars such a marvellous success year after year. The HK Phil will continue to spread the joy of classical music outside the concert halls.
With live-streamed video accessible worldwide, Swire Symphony Under The Stars reached a wider audience outside the concert venue. The live-streamed video remains available globally on the HK Phil website, Facebook page and YouTube channel, as well as the Swire TrustTomorrow Facebook page. It was recorded by RTHK TV and is available on its YouTube channel and rthk.hk for a year.
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