Step into Saxiland and revel in a new sound world as Habanera, France’s leading saxophone quartet, joins forces with City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong for an exhilarating evening of French, Turkish and Tangoinspired music. The programme features the Romance of Ferran’s Saxiland, the smoky, sexy tones of Piazzolla’s Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra, and Fazil Say’s exotic Four Preludes for saxophone quartet and strings. A must-hear concert!
Habanera Saxophone Quartet
Habanera is France’s leading saxophone quartet. Formed in 1993, the group comprises four outstanding saxophone graduates from the Paris Conservatoire and the class of the internationally acclaimed saxophone virtuoso Claude Delangle. The quartet has won as many as eight First Prizes at international chamber music competitions around the world including Bordeaux, Sanguinetto, Düsseldorf and Osaka. Habanera performs regularly in France and all around the world in Japan, China, USA, Canada and Europe.
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) is one of Asia’s leading chamber orchestras and one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic cultural entities. Members are professional musicians who perform works ranging from Baroque to Bollywood. CCOHK has performed with many internationally acclaimed artists including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sir Thomas Allen, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Julian Lloyd Webber, Branford Marsalis, Edgar Meyer, Vienna Boys’ Choir and The King’s Singers. In addition to special performances with world class Flamenco, Irish and tango dancers, CCOHK has collaborated with the Hong Kong Ballet, Le French May Arts Festival, The World Harp Congress, The Hong Kong International Piano Competition and RTHK Radio 4. On tour CCOHK has made its mark in Taipei, Beijing and Italy. In addition to hosting masterclasses and Kids Sunday Soirées, CCOHK has produced new multi-media programmes aimed at engaging and educating Hong Kong’s next generation of music lovers. These include The Snowman & The Bear, Magnificent Mozart and the award-winning orchestra-theatre spectacular Bug Symphony. CCOHK’s CDs include an internationally acclaimed release with Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri on OUR Recordings. CCOHK was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director and Principal Oboist Leanne Nicholls who was awarded a commendation certificate from the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government for outstanding contributions to the development of arts and cultural activities. French conductor Jean Thorel served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2016.
More information: www.ccohk.com