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November 12, 2009

This Is It

The Man In the Mirror had us mesmerized in his last and final film. And ever since watching it, we’ve been inspired to Dance, Shout, Shake Our Body Down to the Ground and celebrate music all around. We’ve scoured the city for the best upcoming concerts and performances, so warm up your vocal chords, bring out your dancing shoes and pull on your thespian hat. There’s all sorts going on in town and whether it’s listening to the philharmonic under the stars, experiencing a triple bill ballet or rocking out with your favourite chart-topping singing sensation, we won’t let you miss a thing. You’ll Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’. . .

Swire Symphony Under The Stars
Break out the wine, cheese, picnic basket and blankets and get ready for a memorable evening of moonlit music and enchantment as Swire presents Symphony Under the Stars this Friday, November 13th at the Happy Valley Racecourse. Kick back on the grass, stare up at the starry skies (you can sometimes see 1 or 2 this time of year!) and listen as the Hong Kong Philharmonic performs the city’s largest outdoor symphonic concert to date. HKPO’s Assistant Conductor Perry So will lead the orchestra in pieces by many great composers, from Johann Strauss Jr.’s The Waltz King to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, featuring Huang Mengla, one of the most outstanding young Chinese violinists of our time. (Friday, Nov 13, Happy Valley Racecourse,http://www.hkpo.com)

The Merchant of Venice
You thought the closest you’d come to Venice this year was a trip to the Macau hotel? Step back in time into the back streets of this mystical city as Hong Kong-based production company, Stylus Theatre, presents Shakespeare’s famous romantic comedy, The Merchant of Venice. This dramatic and controversial production will be performed by the same group who created last year’s sell-out, Macbeth, with direction by Adam Harris and a cast led by Dr Who’s Michael Harley. (Wednesday, Nov 11 – Sunday, Nov 15, Hong Kong Arts Centre: Shouson Theatre,http://www.urbtix.hk)

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott
The highly celebrated, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma returns to Hong Kong this November, joined by veteran British piano soloist and recording artist Kathryn Stott in an unmissable all-star concert. Enjoy classic favourites such as Morricone, ‘The Mission’, Gershwin ‘Prelude No. 2’, and Brahms ‘Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, in a duo recital like you’ve never seen before. With these two shining stars creating musical magic on stage, classical lovers are in for a world-class treat. (Friday, Nov 20, Cultural Centre Concert Hall, http://www.urbtix.hk)

Hong Kong Ballet Symphony of Movements
They say all good things come in threes, and so it happens that three of the Hong Kong Ballet’s Principal Dancers Jin Yao, Kyoko Tomimura and Margarita Demjanoka are returning to the stage for the upcoming triple bill ballet production, Symphony of Movements. Mixing classic and contemporary styles, conjuring visions of life’s journeys from mythical India to the Second World War, and featuring choreography by The Australian Ballet’s Stephen Baynes and award winning Dutch choreographer Nils Christe this promises to be a performance that will intrigue and inspire. (Friday, Nov 20 – Saturday, Nov 21, Hong Kong Cultural Centre: Grand Theatre, http://www.urbtix.hk)

Mika Live in Hong Kong
Relax, Take it Easy and enjoy the show with MIKA, the London-based, Grammy-nominated, BRIT Award-winning, chart-topping sensation who will be performing his first and only major show in Southeast Asia, here in our very own HK. After rising to fame just a few years ago, he is now unstoppable on the music scene. Having opened the BRIT Awards last year with a live performance of “Love Today” and “Grace Kelly”, he then went onto win the BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Artist. Catchy tunes from his latest album The Boy Who Knew Too Much will no doubt have you singing out loud and dancing in the aisles. Blame it on the Girls? We think super talented, quirky and beautiful MIKA will be accountable for the spring in our step! (Thursday, Nov 26, HITEC: Star Hall, http://www.hkticketing.com)

AIR SUPPLY Never Ending Love Concert
What better way to get into the loving holiday spirit than by kicking off Christmas week with the Never Ending Love Concert by Air Supply? Whether you’re All Out of Love or Making Love Out of Nothing At All, you’ll be moved to emotion by the trademark sound of Russell Hitchock’s soaring voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs. Back by popular demand, these musical powerhouses, who have brought us three decades of love songs, promise to light up the stage (and our hearts!) once again. (Saturday Dec 19, HKCEC – Hall 5BC, http://www.hkticketing.com)

Do You Remember the Time when you let the some of the world’s greatest stars come and go through town and didn’t book tickets? Never again. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough!



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