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Jaap van Zweden takes the stage of Swire Symphony Under The Stars, starring the HK Phil’s own musicians
Source: HK Phil

As summer makes way for fall, Swire Symphony Under The Stars, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s (HK Phil) free annual outdoor mega-concert is back again! This year, we are excited to welcome our Music Director Maestro Jaap van Zweden, along with the HK Phil’s talented musicians– Jing Wang (Concertmaster), Richard Bamping (Principal Cello), Fang Xiaomu (Co-Principal Cello), Andrew Simon (Principal Clarinet) and Esteban Batallán (Principal Trumpet). They will be joined by the crowd favourite Harry Wong (or Harry Gor Gor) as host. So come and be inspired by the finest music-making under the stars on 24 November (Saturday) at the Central Harbourfront!


The evening will feature orchestral favourites across several genres, including Brahms’ Hungarian Dance no. 5, Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”, J Strauss II’s Blue Danube, iconic theme music from Star Wars and more. Under the baton of our Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and with the ever-lively presenter Harry Gor Gor, the evening promises enchantment for music lovers of all ages.                                                                


This annual outdoor extravaganza is made possible through the generous support of the Swire Group. As the principal patron of the HK Phil since 2006, Swire is deeply committed to its long-term vision of promoting artistic excellence and fostering cultural appreciation. Together with the HK Phil, Swire aims to bring the world of classical music to the widest possible audience.


Tickets for Swire Symphony Under The Stars are free of charge. 




Tickets to Swire Symphony Under The Stars can be obtained through online registration only. Tickets will be available to the general public for registration on 23 October 2018 (Tuesday) at 10AM through in these simple steps:

  1. For each registration, one email address can register for one ticket only. You can register for up to four tickets with four different email addresses. Before the registration starts, please make sure that you have all the email addresses of the audience members ready in order to complete all details within the limited registration time.
  2. After checking the given information is correct, please submit your registration.
  3. Your reserved tickets will then be sent to each of the registered emails. Please download the ticket(s), save it on a smartphone or print the ticket(s). Please present the QR code(s) on your smartphone or on the printed ticket(s) to enter. 




Date:                24 November 2018 (Saturday) at 7:30PM

                                    Gates open at 5:30PM

Admission:      Free

Tickets:                        Available at (online registration only)

Open for registration on 23 October 2018 (Tuesday) at 10AM

Tickets are limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For each registration, a maximum of four tickets can be registered.

Bring:               Tickets, a picnic and your own mat to enjoy the evening with your friends and family.




Programmes include:


Concerto for Two Cellos - 1st & 3rd movements 
(Richard Bamping & Fang Xiaomu, cellos)


Hungarian Dance no. 5 


Thaïs: Méditation (Jing Wang, violin)


“Ride of the Valkyries”


Star Wars - Main Theme


Clarinet Concerto - 2nd movement (Andrew Simon, clarinet)


Trumpet Concerto in E-flat - 3rd movement (Esteban Batallán, trumpet)


Blue Danube                                                                     


and more…





Jaap van Zweden, conductor [full biography]

Over the past decade, conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents. The 2018/19 season marks his first as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, a post he has held since 2012 - his seventh season with the HK Phil in 2018/19 season, the orchestra’s 45th professional season. He is also the Conductor Laureate of Dallas Symphony Orchestra where he has just completed a ten-year tenure at its helm. Born in Amsterdam, Jaap van Zweden was the youngest ever Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He began his conducting career in 1995 and in 2012 was named Musical America's Conductor of the Year.


Harry Wong, presenter [full biography]

Harry Wong (aka Harry Gor Gor) is well known among children and adults for his humorous personality and amazing magic. Music and magic have been part of his life since he was young, and with these gifts, Harry uses his talents to serve the community and bring joy to the public through all kinds of media. Harry has been a regular performing guest for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and other performing groups. He is also a prolific M.C. and entertainer in different parts of the world.


Jing Wang, violin [full biography]

Critically acclaimed Canadian violinist Jing Wang is one of the most versatile and dynamic violinists of his generation. Since his solo recital debut in Marseilles, France at the age of six, Wang has garnered prizes in top international competitions, including the first prize at the 2007 Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition. In 2003, Wang was awarded the "Young Soloist of the Year" by Les Radios Francophones Publiques, a broadcast network of four countries including France, Canada, Switzerland, and Belgium. As a part of the award, Wang’s first CD album including works by Beethoven, Ravel and Gershwin was released in Europe.


Richard Bamping, cello [full biography]

Richard Bamping has been the Principal Cello of the HK Phil since 1993. He has performed with many of the finest musicians of recent history - Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Leonidas Kavakos, Mstislav Rostropovich, Carlo Maria Guilini, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis and Claudio Abbado, to name but a few. Bamping has performed many of the staples of the solo cello repertoire with orchestras from Europe to the Far East. He has a great passion for playing chamber music with friends and colleagues whenever he gets the chance.


Fang Xiaomu, cello [full biography]

HK Phil's Co-Principal Cello, Fang Xiaomu, graduated from The Juilliard School on a full scholarship where she studied with the renowned cellist Harvey Shapiro. Xiaomu has performed several solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. She has appeared as soloist with renowned conductors including Sergiu Comissiona and Jacek Kaspszyk. Xiaomu received the “Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Culture Award” from the New York State Assembly of the US.

Andrew Simon, clarinet [full biography]

Andrew Simon has appeared as soloist and guest lecturer on four continents. As Principal Clarinet of the HK Phil, he has recorded solo works by Baermann and Stravinsky and has performed concerti over 60 times, including John Corigliano's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra which he studied with the Academy Award-winning composer. Among his notable performances are those with the Mainly Mozart Orchestra (US), the Singapore Symphony, as well as giving the Australian and Asian premieres of the original, unpublished version of Copland’s Concerto. In addition, his recital CDs include “HOT” and his new release, “Ebony and Ivory”, for NAXOS Recordings.


Esteban Batallán, trumpet [full biography]

Born in Spain in 1983, Esteban Batallán began his musical studies at the age of seven at the School of Music in his hometown, Barro (Pontevedra). A constant prize-winner in international competitions such as "Jeunesses Musicales International", Yamaha International Competition and "Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition in Paris", Batallán won the Principal Trumpet position in 2002 in the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, a position he held until September 2018. International orchestras he has collaborated include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, among others. During these years he worked under the direction of great conductors like, Riccardo Muti, Jaap van Zweden, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Metha, Bernard Haitink, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Alan Gilbert, among others.



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