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A Bassoon Affair

If you have a curiosity for the Bassoon, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has got you covered this October.

HK Philharmonic Ochestra Chamber Music Series. Music Press Asia

In a collaboration with HKU MUSE, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is showcasing a twist to what the Bassoon, a classical woodwind instrument, can do to impress.

The concert, happening this Sunday afternoon [3:00 on, 24 October], will be showcasing the bassoonists of the HK Phil. This season, the concerts are particularly curated to spotlight the various sections of the orchestra as part of its chamber music series.

The grand hall of the Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre (HKU) is the venue housing the concert. Explicitly chosen to expose the large range of colours, textures, and techniques.

In addition to lively original compositions for bassoon ensembles of two to five players, the programme features works for solo bassoon and solo contrabassoon, as well as a world premiere by HKU composer Peter Tang.

To conclude the afternoon, a selection of movements from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition arranged for five bassoons will grace the stage’s finale.

Programme:
Jenni BRANDON Colored Stones: Smoky Quartz
Francisco MIGNONE Sonata no. 1 for Two Bassoons
Erwin SCHULHOFF Bassnachtigall (Bass Nightingale)
Dai FUJIKURA Following
Peter TANG Humoresque (World Premiere)
Victor BRUNS Kleine Suite no. 1, op. 55
DEBUSSY Girl with the Flaxen Hair
MUSSORGSKY Selections from Pictures at an Exhibition

Notwithstanding the under-rated attention it gets in today’s classical performing scene, the Bassoon continues to be a relevant instrument that provides depth and integrity to compositions.

The concert is partly supported by the Department of Music of The University of Hong Kong.

For more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and its programs, click here.

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