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Join the HK Phil, conductor Christian Reif and narrator Eric Monson on a mysterious orchestral tour
Source: HK Phil

We need your help in the concert hall to find who killed the composer! The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) is going to reveal the mysterious world of the orchestra by dissecting the instruments and sections with Nathaniel Stookey’s entertaining whodunit The Composer is Dead and also soundtracks from the best-loved BBC TV drama series and movies of legendary detective Sherlock Holmes on 21 & 22 September 2018 in the Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium.



“Someday you'll be able to tell your grandchildren that you appreciated a living composer before that living composer became, like all composers, dead”

--- Nathaniel Stookey



“Inspector” Eric Monson will lead the interrogation of the wily strings, the devious clarinets and other suspects on stage, even conductor Christian Reif, to find the clues and untangle the truth together with you all! The Composer is Dead is a modern-day Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in a murder-mystery setting. While you are investigating, Eric is going to interview each section of the orchestra. They will profess their innocence and so to solve the mystery, he will revisit the cases of many other dead composers including Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Wagner, Mahler and Tchaikovsky.


The evening will feature other detective-themed music, such as the Pink Panther, a wonderfully laid-back, soft-jazz theme; and various Sherlock Holmes soundtracks, building a scene of the darker side of criminal life in Victorian London. No matter Sherlock Holmes or Canon Doyle fanatics, don’t miss the perfect chance to enjoy a platter of music from world-famous BBC TV drama series and movies of “adventurer” Sherlock Holmes.


So, dear all potential inspectors, get your astute and witty minds ready, we are not leaving the auditorium until the crime is solved!


English narration with Chinese surtitles.


Discover: The Composer is Dead! will be held on 21 & 22 Sep (Fri & Sat), 8PM in the Tusen Wan Town HallAuditoriumTickets priced: $380 $320 $280 $220 are now available at URBTIX. For enquiries, please call +852 2721 2332 or visit




Christian Reif, conductor [full biography]

One of the most promising conducting talents of his generation, German-born Christian Reif is Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. He started in San Francisco in the 2016/17 season following two years in Miami as Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony, working closely with Michael Tilson Thomas. In the 2018/19 season he will make debut with the Omaha Symphony, and return to work with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, Berkeley Symphony and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Eric Monson, narrator [full biography]

American baritone, Eric Monson, has been performing around the world for over 25 years. He has been working with several Grammy and Tony award winners and maintains a steady schedule of performing, conducting and teaching. In 1998, Eric formed Metro Vocal Group. Metro Vocal Group has been performing around the world ever since, receiving over 25 million views on various online platforms, and is known for their ability to sing in both Cantonese and Mandarin. This has included multiple performances on Hunan TV and CCTV, Tokyo and Hong Kong Disney, and collaborated with such artists as G.E.M., Hacken Lee and Hanjin, to name a few. 



21 & 22 | 9 | 2018


Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium

HK$380 $320 $280 $220

Tickets are now available at URBTIX

For ages 6 and above

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