Charity Concert for Suicide Prevention Services
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
1 August 2009 Sat 8:00 pm
Conducted by Woo Zun Hin
Violin Solo: Faith Lee
Woo Zun Hin was born and raised in the United States. He received his B.M. in violin performance studying under Michael Ma at the University of Oklahoma. He later went to pursue a Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Missouri-Columbia under the guidance of Edward Dolbashian. During this time, he co-founded the MU Chamber Soloists, served as assistant conductor of the Columbia Civic Orchestra for three years as well as the assistant conductor for the Show Me Opera. He also participated in the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors for two summers in Maine. Mr. Woo has been a violinist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for six years. In July 2003, he recorded the soundtrack for the movie Heroic Duo with the Shen Zhen Symphony. He has been the conductor of the Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra since 2002. His performances with them have been broadcast live on TV and RTHK helping to raise millions for several charitable organizations over the years. With a wide range of experience from Baroque to contemporary and pop music, he has worked with international musicians such as Grammy Award nominee Howard McCrary, Joanna Ampil, Robert Vincenzio, and Hee-Ah Lee the famous "four fingered pianist." Woo has also collaborated with the Songsingers Choir and the Danse a Lili Ballet Academie. He is currently the conductor of the orchestras at both Wah Yan Colleges and King's College. In 2007 Woo has been regularly conducting the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and most recently conducted the Grandmaster Orchestra accompanying 5 soloists in the final round for the 2007 Fourth Chinese Works Piano Competition. In June 2009, he conducted a full performance of Johann Strauss Junior’s operetta “Die Fledermaus” in Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
胡俊顯於美國奧克拉荷馬州大學在馬忠為教授的指導下取得小提琴演奏學位，繼在美蘇里哥倫比亞大學研習指揮，師承名家愛德華都伯生，取得交響樂指揮碩士。在美國期間，與同儕創立了美蘇里獨奏家室樂團，任職哥倫比亞人民管弦樂團副指揮，經常在當地演出歌劇及舞台劇，曾兩度獲選加入緬因州的指揮訓練學校 Pierre Monteux School for Conductors，深造指揮藝術。胡俊顯曾任香港小交響樂團小提琴手達六年，亦兼任九龍華仁書院及英皇書院的樂隊指揮，曾於二零零三年與深圳交響樂團灌錄電影<<雙雄>>的原聲唱片。自２００２年起，胡俊顯任職香港醫學會管弦樂團指揮，為慈善機構籌得的善款數以百萬計，他與香港醫學會管弦樂團的精彩演出，曾於電視及香港電台直播。胡氏的演出經驗及音樂領域遼闊，對巴洛克時期至流行音樂都極具心得，和他合作過的音樂家包括格林美獎得主Howard McCrary，音樂劇歌唱家Joanna Ampil及Robert Vincenzio和著名的韓國四指鋼琴家李喜雅小姐。胡俊顯亦常和本地其他藝術團體如歌者合唱團和曾雪麗芭蕾舞團等合作，在２００７年經常指揮香港室樂團，最近亦曾指揮藝韻交響樂團，在２００７年第四屆中國作品鋼琴比賽中為五名鋼琴獨奏家伴奏。２００９年六月，他在香港文化中心大劇院指揮小約翰‧史特勞斯的輕歌劇「蝙蝠之謎」，大受觀眾歡迎。
Faith Lee is 10 years of age, and a Primary 4 student at the Marymount Primary School (MPS). Her father, Dr. Rayson Lee Kwok Tung, is a specialist radiologist in private practice. Faith started her violin training at the age of five under Mr. Lee Wing Shun, and has received Grade 8 Violin Certificate of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
At competitions of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Faith won the First and Third Prizes in the Violin Solo and Violin Concerto (Age 12 and under) groups in 2008. A year later, she won the Second and Third Prizes in the same competition groups. Her talent is recognised by the renowned Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra (HKCSO). She is currently the Associated Concertmaster of the MPS Orchestra.
Programme Presented by HKMA Orchestra
1. 蝙蝠序曲 Overture to "Die Fledermaus
Johann Strauss Jr.
2. A大調第五小提琴協奏曲，第一樂章 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 - First Movement
莫札特 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
小提琴獨奏：李明懿 Violin Solo: Faith Lee
3. 「仲夏夜之夢」音樂選段 Selections from “A Midsummer Night's Dream”
孟德爾頌 Felix Mendelssohn
4. 電閃雷鳴波爾卡 Thunder and Lightning Polka
小約翰˙施特勞斯 Johann Strauss Jr.
5. 拉德斯基進行曲 Radetzky March
老約翰˙施特勞斯 Johann Strauss Sr.
Composer: Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899)小約翰˙施特勞斯 (1825-1899)
Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss Jr. to a German libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée. Composed non-stop in forty-two “nights of veritable rapture”, this is the younger Strauss's most celebrated and popular operetta - intoxicatingly melodious and exuberant. The story is based on a farce of mistaken identities, flirtations at a masked ball, elegant frivolities and confusions of all kinds to provide a hilarious vehicle for captivating music. The Overture is one of the most popular ever written, with five of the best tunes woven into a framework of the great 'Fledermaus Waltz'.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 莫札特 (1756-1791)
All of Wolfgang's violin concertos were composed within a brief period in his teens. Violin Concerto No. 5 was the last of the series, completed in 1775 when he was serving as concertmaster for the court orchestra of the Archbishop of Salzburg. In the first movement, the horns add warmth to a robust opening (Allegro aperto). Somewhat surprisingly, when the soloist enters, the melody is richly lyrical, accompanied by gently swaying strings, forgetting the energetic mood in the beginning. The original energy is not resumed until after the violinist's ruminative little preamble, following which the solo violin introduces a commanding new theme over the same orchestral chords heard at the opening. One apt description of this master piece was by Alfred Einstein who wrote "this concerto is unsurpassed for brilliance, tenderness and wit."
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn 孟德爾頌 (1809-1847)
Felix Mendelssohn's score for William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” is probably the most famous incidental music ever written. Shakespeare’s play inspired the 17-year old Mendelssohn to compose the “overture”, which was first performed in 1827 as an isolated concert piece. In 1842, when the matured Mendelssohn served as Music Director of the newly established Berlin Academy of Arts, the composer added vocal sections and other instrumental movements, and included the overture as one of the 14 sections of a complete set of incidental music to “A Midsummer Night's Dream”. The instrumental movements are often excerpted for orchestral concert performance.
The Overture opens with four of the most evocative chords in music which beguilingly invite the listener into the magical forest outside. Scurrying bouncing strings depict the fairies darting through the woods, and the full orchestra proclaims the noble lovers' music. A series of accented, forceful chords in the low strings and brass pound out an earthy rhythm before the orchestra gives us a musical mischievous magic that has transformed one character into an ass. The development section starts again with fairies, after which Mendelssohn recapitulates the theme for the lovers. With the ass’ hee-hawing, a passage of gentle modulation in the winds opens the end theme of the piece. The strings play a serenely beautiful transformation of the lovers' theme before the overture ends as it began, with those four magical chords.
The tranquil Nocturn depicts the deep mystery of the German forest as the lovers are falling asleep in complete exhaustion after a merry chase. The beautiful horn solo is doubled with the bassoon to absorb some of the brassy tone, magically added warmth to the music. The melodrama closes with a dreamy brightening up at the end to suggest the softness of dawn, preparing for the rise of the curtain in the next scene.
Although everybody is familiar with its trumpet solo tune in Wedding March, few know how popularity of this piece is connected to Mendelssohn’s patron, the Prussian king who sponsored the Berlin Academy of Arts where the composer was Music Director. The king chose this piece as part of the ceremonial music at his son’s wedding to the daughter of Queen Victoria in 1858, thereby popularizing its use at weddings in English-speaking countries.
Composer: Johann Strauss Jr. 小約翰˙施特勞斯(1825-1899)
The Thunder and Lightning Polka, once heard and never forgotten, is possibly the noisiest of dance pieces. The music evokes the sound of thunder and lightning through incessant drum rolls and cymbal crashes to accompany vigorous Polka dancing. It is more frequent than not included into theatre productions of Die Fledermaus.
Johann Strauss Sr. 老約翰˙施特勞斯 (1804-1849)
Although overshadowed by his son as the waltz king, Johann Strauss Sr. and his musical partner Joseph Lanner are credited with popularlizing the Viennese waltz and other salon dances like the quadrille and the polka. The two colleagues soon become rivals, but it was the son who would eventually eclipse them all. The father is best known for his Radetzky March, dedicated to the namesake Austrian Field Marshal. Supposedly the officers clapped their hands and stomped their feet during its premier performance. The custom has been carried out ever since and is traditionally used to end the New Year's Concert in Vienna as homage to the father.
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