HKBU Symphony Orchestra performs gala concert featuring renowned pianist Valentina Lisitsa
27 May 2013
The HKBU Symphony Orchestra held its annual Gala Concert last night (26 May 2013) at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre with world-renowned pianist Miss Valentina Lisitsa as guest performer.
Conducted by Professor Johnny Poon, Head of the Department of Music and music director, the Orchestra performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, with Miss Lisitsa, and also performed Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, winning an enthusiastic ovation from the 1,600 attending music lovers.
Speaking at the cocktail reception, Mr. Cheng Yan-kee, Chairman of the Council and the Court, thanked the Shun Hing Group for sponsoring this year’s Gala Concert. He said music education is a significant part of HKBU’s Whole Person Education, and through music the University endeavours to cultivate in students a sense of aesthetic appreciation. He said music is also an effective emotional communicator that brings together people from all walks of life.
With her multi-faceted skills described as “dazzling”, Miss Lisitsa is at ease with a vast repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Shostakovich and Bernstein. Her orchestral repertoire alone includes more than 40 concertos. Miss Lisitsa has recorded three independently released DVDs, including her bestselling set of Chopin’s 24 Etudes, which long held the coveted No. 1 spot on the Amazon music video list. With more than 55 million YouTube channel views, Miss Lisitsa is one of the most sought-after classical musicians on the web.
The Department of Music regularly organises musical events that are open to the public, such as this Gala Concert. Such initiatives are in line with the University’s commitment to enhancing its contribution to the community.
Please click here to view the photo album of the Gala Concert.