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Joy of Music Festival in Hong Kong 11-17 October 2010

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The Chopin Society of Hong Kong’s annual ‘The Joy of Music Festival 2010’ will this year be staged at the City Hall Concert Hall from 11 - 17 October 2010.

The Joy of Music Festival is held in the two interim years between The Chopin Society’s acclaimed Hong Kong International Piano Competition which was launched in 2005, and which is held every three years, the last one presented in 2008 and the next being in 2011.

“The Joy of Music Festival event acts as a continuity and link between these triennial competitions providing a platform for members of the competition jury to perform recitals and Master Classes, as well as recitals by the first prize winners of the competition,” said Dr. Andrew Freris, Chairman of The Chopin Society.

In addition to those artists connected directly with the competition, the Chopin Society invites other world-class artists such as guitarist Alvaro Pierri and also features the chamber ensemble drawn from the The London Chamber Orchestra which has a standing residency in Hong Kong as well as acting as the orchestra in the first competition in 2005.

This event is sponsored by Lady Kadoorie, Teresa Li-Lai, (the vice-chairwoman of the Chopin Society), Tom Lee Music and the Tom Lee Music Foundation and also with the generous support of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government.

Highlights of this week long music festival include recitals by pianist Pascal Roge who will be performing a solo piano recital (14 October) and accompanied by the LCO Chamber Group playing Cesar Franck’s piano quintet (11 October), Peter Frankl in a piano solo recital (15 October) and the renowned pianist Gary Graffman who plays a piano chamber work for the left hand (16 October).

 Hong Kong will also welcome back young Korean pianist Jinsang Lee, First Prize winner of the 2008 Hong Kong International Piano Competition who will perform works by Frederick Chopin accompanied by the London Chamber Orchestra String Quintet (13 October) and pianist Sofya Gulyak , First Prize winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2009, who will play works by Frederick Chopin and Robert Schumann on the night of 12 October 2010.

For the finale on Sunday, 17 October, renowned guitarist Alvaro Pierri will perform works for solo guitar by Bach, Tansman and Bogdanovich during the first part of the programme and he will be joined by The LCO Chamber Group for the second part of the programme playing works by Vivaldi, Gnattali and Giuliani.

Tickets are priced at HK$200, HK$150, HK$100. A 40% discount is available for senior citizens over 60, those with disabilities, full time students, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA), PTC (Piano Teacher’s Circle) and OTC (Orchestral Teachers’ Circle) membership card holders. A 20% discount is available on booking for groups of four or more tickets purchased for any of the performances.

Master Classes

Piano and guitar students in particular, and music lovers in general, will be offered the opportunity to attend a series of free Master Classes as follows, by registering with The Chopin Society of Hong Kong.

Peter Frankl [Piano]
Date: Monday, 11 October and Tuesday, 12 October
Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm
Venue: Tom Lee Music Academy, MEGABOX, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon.

Professor Gary Graffman [Piano]
Date: Wednesday, 13 October and Thursday, 14 October
Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm (13 October) and 9:30am to 1:00pm (14 October)
Venue: Tom Lee Music Academy, MEGABOX, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon.

Pascal Roge [Piano]
Date: Saturday, 16 October and Sunday, 17 October
Time: 9:30am to 1:00pm (16 October) and 9:30 to 1:30pm (17 October)
Venue: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall on Saturday, 16 October, and at Tom Lee Music Academy, MEGABOX, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, on Sunday, 17 October .

Alvaro Pierri [Guitar]
Date: Friday, 15 October, Saturday, 16 October and Monday, 18 October
Time: Friday, 15 October - 9:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, 16 October - 9:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, 18 October - 10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: Tom Lee Music Academy, MEGABOX, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon.

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