16 October 2018 - 8 Heshvan 5779 - ח' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Solange Jospé prize winner to perform in Hong Kong E-mail

Israeli pianist Almog Segal will perform a piano recital at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts on 18 October.

Segal is a young and promising Israeli pianist who last year won the Solange Jospéprize at the “Voice of Music Young Artists Competition” in Jerusalem, Israel. As the winner of the competition, he has been invited to perform in Hong Kong.

He will be accompanied onstage by pianists Valerie Wong Wai-yuen Xiao and To Suet-hin. The recitals will be conducted by Sharon Andrea Choa and composer Simon Yip Sai-man from the Hong Kong Academy Symphony Orchestra. The programme includes Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op.35 by Chopin, 5 Bagatelles for Piano by Israel Sharon and Piano Concerto No. 7 in F, for two pianos K.242 by Mozart.

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Joy of Music Festival 2018: A celebration of music-making, musicsharing and more E-mail

The eagerly anticipated Joy of Music Festival 2018, presented by the Chopin Society of Hong Kong, will take place from 15 to 25 October at Hong Kong City Hall.

This year marks the 12th in this annual series, which links together the triennial Hong Kong International Piano Competitions that were held in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2016, with the next one scheduled for October 2019.

The Festival brings together carefully selected top-ranking artists from around the world, as well as the first prize winners of past Hong Kong International Piano Competitions. It especially promotes supremely talented young performers, who are showcased at the start of every evening performance.

This year’s festival kicks off on 15 October with Operatic Delights, with operatic arias and duets and songs sung by Nancy Yuen (soprano) and Israel Lorenzo (tenor), accompanied by pianists Luka Okros and Stephen Wong. One of the highlights this year is a series of chamber music concerts featuring the world-famous Borodin Quartet on two separate evenings, playing different programmes. On 19 October , the quartet will be joined by renowned pianist Ilya Rashkovskiy.

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Tel Aviv to host 64th Eurovision Song Contest E-mail

Tel Aviv has been selected as the host city for the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced last month.

The decision was taken by the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) Reference Group (the Contest’s steering committee) after Israeli public broadcaster KAN was asked to present at least two potential candidate cities.

An official statement from the EBU said: “Tel Aviv offered a very creative and compelling bid across all required areas. It was chosen following a strong city bid process which also saw Jerusalem and Eilat vie to host the world’s most hotly anticipated musical event, which reaches around 200 million viewers worldwide.”

It is believed that the organisers were not enthusiastic about holding the event in Jerusalem because of limitations being placed on rehearsals during the Sabbath on Friday evening and Saturday.

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