The South China Morning Post's review of the Orchestra’s first performance at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre last evening was rapturous, saying the concert provided “non-stop magic under Nézet-Séguin. … Like a great Hong Kong milk tea, the beauty of orchestral sound comes from the complex depth and blend of flavours. The rich string legato is key but so are faultless brass, singing woodwinds and crisp percussion.” The review further stated, “precision, controlled power, beautiful pacing and perfect solos [were] on display in Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, while Scheherazade was played with urgency, freedom and irresistible elegance.”
Some fortunate students at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts were treated to master classes by Orchestra musicians. First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang refines the finger position of a student. Photo by Jan Regan.
Co-Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn uses an incentive spirometer to help a student practice his breathing technique. Photo by Jan Regan.
Principal Percussion Christopher Deviney notes something in the music. Photo by Jan Regan.
Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa checks the vibrato of a student. Photo by Jan Regan.
The Hong Kong Cultural Centre shimmered in the rain before the Orchestra’s concert, where they performed Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 (“Serioso”) and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (“Romantic”). Photo by Jan Regan.
Yannick waits to take the stage at the start of the concert. Photo by Jan Regan.
The second floor lobby of the Cultural Centre boasts a huge poster of the Orchestra. It was a perfect backdrop for photos and selfies at intermission. Photo by Jan Regan.
Following the concert, which included an encore of Leopold Stokowski’s orchestration of Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Yannick heads offstage to tremendous applause. Photo by Jan Regan.
The Cultural Centre will soon be adorned with posters autographed by Yannick. Photo by Jan Regan.