Joe Hisaishi Adds Extra Performance With the HK Philharmonic
All tickets for the three concerts by the world-renowned Japanese composer-conductor Joe Hisaishi with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall have been sold out. Maestro Hisaishi has happily agreed to perform an additional concert with the HK Phil, to be held on 5 May 2018 (Sat, 3PM). Aligning with the other three performances, 80% of the tickets will be made available for public purchase. The remaining tickets will be allocated to the HK Phil's sponsors and partners.
With the support of URBTIX and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the HK Phil is actively exploring various mechanisms to further prevent the unofficial resell of tickets, including the possibility of selling tickets for this extra performance through the real-name booking method (meaning all tickets shall bear the full-name of the ticket-holder, and photo ID will be checked at the concert admission). Details of the ticketing procedure will be released on the HK Phil's website in mid-March.
All four concerts will feature three orchestral pieces composed by Maestro Hisaishi. The highlight of the first half will be the Hong Kong premiere of The East Land Symphony, a composition of Maestro Hisaishi in 2016. The grand orchestral piece consists of five movements, in which the Hong Kong soprano Louise Kwong, active on local and international stages, will be featured as the soloist. mládí for piano and strings gathers three pieces which the Maestro composed for the great Japanese director Kitano Takeshi's films, namely Kikujiro's Summer (or simply Summer), Kids Return and Hana-bi. The core piece of the second half will be the Hong Kong debut of the newly arranged Symphonic Suite Castle in the Sky (2017), drawing together the Maestro's compositions in the famous motion picture Laputa with orchestral instrumentation, including the beautiful piano part to be played by the Maestro himself, creating an exceptional musical journey through the castle in the sky.
Tickets priced: HK$1,080 $880 $680 $480. Details of the ticketing procedures will be announced on the HK Phil's website in mid-March.