Storied Italian orchestra set for HK debut

Local | 30 Aug 2018 2:42 pm

Led by music director and conductor Sir Antonio Pappano, the celebrated Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma will make its debut in Hong Kong along with two pianists for two concerts in November.

The first concert, an all-Russian program, will be held at 8:00pm on November 22 (Thursday) at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The orchestra will play Glinka's "Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4 in F minor.'' The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov will also perform Rachmaninov's "Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor.''

The second concert comprises a "feast" of Beethoven, which will be staged at 8:00pm on November 23 (Friday) at the same auditorium. The evening will embrace the energy of the composer's second and fifth symphonies, while Korean pianist Seong Jin Cho will be the soloist for Beethoven's virtuosic "Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor.''

Founded in 1908, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma is the first Italian orchestra to devote itself exclusively to the symphonic repertoire, giving premieres of major contemporary masterpieces.

Sir Antonio Pappano has been the orchestra's music director since October 2005. Before that he carried out the same role at the London's Covent Garden, the Den Norske Opera of Oslo and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. 

The concerts are presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets ranging in price from HK$300 to HK$1,250 are now available at URBTIX.

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