Australian premiere of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate 20A
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) made its debut performance in Australia at Arts Centre Melbourne (May 4) and Sydney Opera House (May 5).
Speaking at the pre-performance reception in Sydney, the Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Sydney (HKETO), Mr Arthur Au said, “As one of Asia’s leading orchestras, HK Phil is going to perform some of the greatest music ever composed and will offer the audience an amazing artistic journey.”
The Chairman of the Board of Governors of the HK Phil, Mr Y.S. Liu said, "This is the first ever tour to Melbourne and Sydney by HK Phil. We are all thrilled to have received such enthusiastic and overwhelming responses from the audience."
HK Phil’s performance marked the beginning of a series events arranged by HKETO in Australia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Mr Au said that in coming months, HKETO would bring kids, youths, and businessmen from Hong Kong to celebrate this important milestone with people in Australia under the theme “Together. Progress. Opportunity”.
“In the past two decades, Hong Kong has been progressing into a thriving arts hub of vibrancy and diversity. Every year, there are over 8,000 performances in Hong Kong, attracting an audience of more than three million,” he noted.
“On the infrastructure side, the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, one of the largest cultural projects in the world, is now spreading its wings.”
The first permanent facility, M+ Pavilion started operation last year, and the opening of a host of world-class facilities will follow in coming years. These facilities will provide an excellent platform for both Hong Kong and international artists to showcase their talent and create more collaboration opportunities between Hong Kong and the rest of the world.
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