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  1. March 27, 2012

    The Chinese Orphan, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

    Talk about no hard feelings. Last weekend, the opera that became a last-minute replacement when Beijing’s National Centre...

  2. March 8, 2012

    Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

    Of the nearly 2,100 works to date commissioned by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, it’s safe to say that few are as...

  1. February 14, 2012

    June Lovers, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

    Opera has traditionally been a refuge of scoundrels and prostitutes. Passion rather than logic is the common currency (as...

  2. October 27, 2011

    Enigmatic falls short in pursuit of Clarity

    Clarity Commerce Solutions, provider of software and computer services to the international retail and leisure sectors,...

  3. March 21, 2011

    Sydney Symphony, Sydney Opera House

    Lyrical lines: Matthew Wilkie Contrary to its name, the Sydney Opera House is really more of an orchestral hall, and last...

  4. December 15, 2010

    Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong City Hall

    Chinese pop groups such as the 12 Girls Band have shown that, when it comes to popularising traditional instruments, sex...

  5. November 10, 2010

    The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci, St Ignatius Chapel, Hong Kong

    Man on a mission: Tian Haojiang Given that the Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci is credited with introducing western music to...

  6. November 9, 2010

    Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

    Intense performance: Tang Junqiao Almost exactly six years ago, Edo de Waart opened his first concert as artistic director...

  7. October 20, 2010

    A Soldier’s Story, Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre

    Utter clarity: Shirai Tsuyoshi In case the Hong Kong Sinfonietta needed to justify reprising A Soldier’s Story –...

  8. October 13, 2010

    City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Kwai Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong

    Evelyn Chang in Hong Kong The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, a relative newcomer in the territory’s symphonic scene,...

  9. September 21, 2010

    Genghis Khan: A Choral Symphony, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

    Authentic techniques: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Considering the turbulent history involved, China has a surprising soft...

  10. September 1, 2010

    The Third Pixel, Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture

    Bells and whistles: Samson Young’s ‘The Third Pixel’ If art is all in the timing, then composer Samson Young surely scored a...

  11. August 5, 2010

    Hell Hot! Music Festival, Hong Kong

    Adventurous: the RHTK Quartet in Hong Kong For listeners whose tastes veer even slightly from the mainstream, Hong Kong is...

  12. July 13, 2010

    La Peintre, Yu-Lin, Taipei

    Hao Jiang Tian and Chu Tai-Le The story of Pan Yu-Lin, a Shanghai courtesan turned concubine turned painter and toast of...

  13. May 3, 2010

    Bliss, The Arts Centre, Melbourne

    Merlyn Quaife takes the lead in ‘Bliss’ In the decade since Opera Australia initially announced its commission, the pressure...

  14. March 3, 2010

    Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong City Hall

    Solo strength: pipa player Yang Jing For four seasons now, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra has reserved its best hand for...

  15. March 1, 2010

    Taiwan International Festival 2010, Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Centre, Taipei

    Robert Wilson’s ‘1433: The Grand Voyage’ Last year’s inaugural Taiwan International Festival fell midway between the Hong...

  16. January 26, 2010

    Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall

    Shenyang-born harpist Dan Yu Now that pianist Yundi Li and violinist Huang Mengla have outgrown the Hong Kong...

  17. December 30, 2009

    Worldwide Chinese Festival Orchestra, NCPA, Beijing

    The visibility of Tan Dun and Lang Lang notwithstanding, a more thorough gauge of China’s musical impact today is the...

  18. December 29, 2009

    A Village Teacher, NCPA, Beijing

    With so much talk these days about China’s urban development, it is easy to forget that only a few decades ago recognisable,...

  19. November 23, 2009

    King of Chu, Shanghai Oriental Art Centre

    In the decade or so since Zhang Yimou’s groundbreaking Turandot in the Forbidden City, China has stepped up its campaign to...

  20. November 9, 2009

    The Magic Flute, Opera Hong Kong

    Anyone looking for tangible Chinese imagery here will have to wait until the opening of Act II in Sarastro’s lair; even then...

  21. November 5, 2009

    Xi Shi, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

    One walked into Xi Shi, the first western-style opera commissioned by China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts,...

  22. October 13, 2009

    Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

    Last week’s 60th anniversary celebrations of the People’s Republic of China offered a musical windfall for the Butterfly...

  23. August 25, 2009

    Clear vision

    Sir Colin Chandler , who resigned as EasyJet chairman in July, steps up to chair Aim-listed software supplier Clarity...

  24. July 1, 2009

    Hong Kong Int’l Chamber Music Festival, HK City Hall Theatre

    Whether in culture or couture, people in Hong Kong rarely accept anything less than brand names, which makes chamber music...

  25. May 7, 2009

    Le villi, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre

    Unlike Beijing, where a three-month, multimillion-dollar opera festival running at the National Centre for Performing Arts...

  26. March 25, 2009

    The Mice War, Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Centre, Taipei

    Taiwan doesn’t have much of a dairy culture, but that didn’t stop youngsters in the audience (who far outnumbered the...

  27. March 24, 2009

    The Mountain Dawn, Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Centre, Taipei

    Having seen both their mesmerisingly ritualistic Meeting with Vajrasatta and the empty virtuosity of A Touch of Zen (a...

  28. February 26, 2009

    Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong City Hall

    For musical organisations that still plan their programmes on the “American-Chinese menu” principle – “one from column A,...

  29. February 19, 2009

    Shen Yang, Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

    Two conflicting sentiments prefaced Shen Yang’s appearance here last Tuesday at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. First was the...

  30. January 19, 2009

    China Philharmonic Orchestra, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing

    Although Lang Lang and the New York Philharmonic made a strong impression in Tan Dun’s Piano Concerto last spring, one...

  31. December 29, 2008

    Wang Lee-Hom, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

    For more than a decade, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has presented local pop singers in less formal settings, though...

  32. December 2, 2008

    Mackay – the Black-Bearded Bible Man, National Theatre, Taipei

    Taiwan is one of the few places in Greater China where you can find a bilingual Gideon Bible in your hotel room – a small...

  33. November 26, 2008

    Li Biao Percussion Ensemble, Shenzhen Concert Hall

    Of the musical groupings that humourist Anna Russell once cheekily divided into “bang, scrape and blow instruments”, the...

  34. November 12, 2008

    HK Chinese/Philharmonic Orchestras, Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Hong Kong

    Given Yo-Yo Ma’s popularity in Asia, as well as the cellist’s natural tendency to turn every appearance into a party, Hong...

  35. November 11, 2008

    Fantasy of the Red Queen, Kwai Tsing Theatre, HK

    In spite of her formidable operatic presence in John Adams’ Nixon in China and title billing in Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao,...

  36. November 4, 2008

    Il trittico, Macau Cultural Centre/Shanghai Grand Theatre

    Puccini’s Il trittico, an operatic triptych of strongly contrasting musical and emotional demands, is expensive for...

  37. October 22, 2008

    Macau International Music Festival

    The Macau International Music Festival is usually so heavy on opera and choral music that the territory’s two resident...

  38. September 8, 2008

    Don Carlo, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

    At a time when good Verdi singers are hard to find, Opera Hong Kong has claimed a substantial feat: the first all-Chinese...

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