Concerts You Have Missed Vol. 9 No. 2 

Presented by Music Lab

Oriental Russian Soul is KJ Wong’s eighth instalment of his concert projects. Comprising the most significant Russian composers, the programme was brought to the UK, Europe and recently Taiwan, with rave reviews.

KJ Wong is a pianist wholly devoted to bringing revitalising perceptions into his concerts through the music and programming.

KJ ended with a slow movement of a Mozart sonata and a transcription of Bach’s Air on the G String by Siloti as encores. [Music Lab]

Presented by Bel Canto Singers

By reimagining Elijah as an opera, Bel Canto Singers aim to breathe new life into this beloved work, infusing it with fresh perspectives and innovative storytelling. This ambitious project not only provides emerging artists with invaluable opportunities but also allows the audience to witness the evolution of a timeless masterpiece. The collaboration between director Terence Chang, known for his visionary approach, and designer Andrew Cheung, renowned for his creative prowess, promises to create a visually captivating production that will captivate audiences and bring Elijah to new audiences in a truly immersive and captivating way. [Bel Canto]

Presented by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong

Celebrated pianist Benjamin Grosvenor returned to Hong Kong for an all Chopin (Barcarolle in F# Major and Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor) and Liszt (Piano Sonata in B minor and Berceuse in Db Major) programme eight years when he had his debut in the city. The performance was persuasive, coherent and powerful with mastery of musical colours exemplified throughout the whole concert evening. It was an impressive full house despite of taking place right in the evening of Mid-Autumn Festival when there is the tradition of families gathering together to appreciate the full moon. Those stayed towards the end of the concert were rewarded with lovely encores including pieces from Ravel, Chopin, Beethoven and Ginastera.

Presented by The HKUST Center for the Arts

The Czech concert series “With a Clear Voice, Sound the Fiddle Strings” culminated in its third concert with an all-Janáček programme, namely “To Dance Attendance as a Faithful Shadow of My Kamilka and Serve My Queen”.

Janáček’s second string quartet, “Intimate Letters”, and his Concertino were both an inspiration of a seven-year unrequited love with Mrs Kamila Stösslová towards his final phase of his life. These works were brought to life by the Romer String Quartet and other foremost musicians in town.

They were preluded by Janáček’s famous violin sonata but transcribed for clarinet and piano for an entirely new experience for the concertgoers.

Presented by Piano Arts Service

It was an occasion to celebrate the Piano Arts Service as the official distributor in Hong Kong for the German piano brand Steingraeber with the presence of their family’s seventh generation.

It was complemented by mini-recitals, with pianist Stephen Hung performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations and pianist Colleen Lee showcasing works of Mozart, Schumann, Liszt and Chopin on an A170 grand piano from this German piano manufacturer with a long, distinguished history.