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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Hong Kong

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Hong KongAshkenazy's Pastoral

Glazunov, Beethoven
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy; Esther Yoo

Hong KongFrançois-Frédéric Guy Plays Beethoven

François-Frédéric Guy Plays Beethoven
Macé, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven
Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Gábor Káli; François-Frédéric Guy

Hong KongAdrien La Marca Plays Walton Viola Concerto

Adrien La Marca Plays Walton Viola Concerto
Takemitsu, Walton, Sibelius
Hong Kong Sinfonietta; Ken Lam; Adrien La Marca

Hong KongOrgan Symphony with Jaap

Bernstein, Saint-Saëns
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; James Ehnes; Leo van Doeselaar

Hong KongJaap & Jian Wang

Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Jaap van Zweden; Jian Wang
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Fantastic evening of “Scottish Fantasy” with the Hong Kong Phil

Long Yu © Askonas Holt
Scotch snap aplenty in evening of “Scottish Fantasy” with Hong Kong Philharmonic. 
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Luminous performances lift heavy-metal Pelléas

Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Stellar voices and orcheatra and some inspired staging choices elevate an otherwise heavy-handed production of Pelléas et Mélisande from the WNO at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
****1
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Martin Hansen rewrites dance history

if it's all in my veins, conceived and directed by Martin Hansen © Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse
Australian choreographer Martin Hansen riffs on GIFs and tweaks the dance world's obsession with lineage, creating a ritual of nostalgia that is both melancholy and exhilarating. 
****1
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Saburo Teshigawara takes on Wagner

© Ahikito Abe
Saburo Teshigawara's condensed reading of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde plays down notions of an adulterous union, a lovers' pact and spiritual journey, instead delivering a powerful image of female resilience.
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FLA.CO.MEN wins rapturous reception in HK

© Hugo Gumiel
Israel Galván breaks a lot of sacred eggs at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. A few serendipitous moments add to the fierce beauty of this defiant, narrative-free meditation on a life in flamenco. 
***11
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