2019年11月1日，香港城市室樂團將於當晚 8 時在大會堂音樂廳，與美國結他名家、多項格林美獎得主莎朗．伊斯賓，合演一場西班牙風格和洛可可魅力兼具的音樂會。伊斯賓被譽為「色彩大師」和「真正的結他先驅」， 將演出羅德里果精彩絕倫的《貴紳幻想曲》，展現精湛的演奏技巧。之後，她會和樂團多位弦樂部首席攜手演出鮑凱里尼的《結他五重奏》，熱烈的弦韻層層推進，至佛蘭明高舞蹈大師妮娜．歌蒂演出方當果舞曲響板舞掀起高潮。歌蒂將再以舞蹈演繹巴托克那首帶有濃厚吉普賽風味的《羅馬尼亞民俗舞曲》，最後樂團在安祖．施威爾帶領下，以阿福特充滿熱情和色彩的《小交響曲》為音樂會畫上句號。
莎朗．伊斯賓獲《波士頓環球報》讚譽為「我們這個時代最傑出的結他手」，曾與全球近 200 個樂團合演，樂蹤遍及各大音樂廳。她於 1976 年在慕尼黑的 ARD 音樂比賽勝出，是第一位贏得這項比賽的結他手，更剛獲美國音樂雜誌評為「2020年度最佳演奏家」，作為第一位得到此殊榮的結他演奏家。她於 2009 年應美國奧巴馬總統邀請，到白宮表演，又熱心教育，是紐約有名的茱莉亞音樂學院結他系的創系主任。
音樂會門票分為$400、 $300、 $220三種，全日制學生、高齡人士、殘疾人士及看護人、綜合社會保障援助受惠人士可獲半價優惠。門票現已在城市電腦售票網售票處有售。票務查詢可致電3761 6661，信用咭電話購票請電2111 5999，網上訂票請登入www.urbtix.hk。節目內容及其他查詢，請致電2861 2156或發電郵至info@ccohk.com與本團聯絡。
此外，莎朗．伊斯賓將於2019年10月29日（星期二）晚上6時30分至9時，在北角馬寶道33號G03 地下「香港國際音樂學院」主持結他大師班。旁聽觀眾門票$100，如欲訂票，請致電2864 2158 或電郵betty.email@example.com與馮碧琪小姐聯絡。
香港城市室樂團以別樹一幟的風格，已成為亞洲首屈一指的室樂團之一。團員均為專業樂手，擅長演奏多元化的風格，涵蓋巴羅克、古典樂曲、東西合璧的樂種、探戈、印度的寶萊塢電影插曲、爵士樂等。自1999年創團以來，樂團已經和許多享譽國際的名家同台演出，包括占士‧高威、依芙蓮‧格妮、愛瑪．柯克比、湯馬士‧艾倫、馬連拿爵士、克里斯蒂安‧林伯格、張永宙、朱利安‧萊‧韋伯、艾特格‧邁耶、布蘭福特‧馬薩里斯、理查‧蓋利安諾、英皇合唱團等。同時，樂團也曾與多位著名的藝人合作，包括海莉‧威斯特拉、理查‧克萊德曼、羅賓‧吉布、埃德娜‧埃弗烈治夫人，以及粵語流行樂壇之星林憶蓮、張敬軒、李克勤等合作。其他樂團備受注意的節目，包括和維也納兒童合唱團、美國兒童合唱團、波蘭華沙男童合唱團、瑞典之聲室樂合唱團、法國布里頓合唱團等的携手演出。香港城市室樂團曾獲邀出訪意大利、台北、北京、成都，並參加第20屆中國上海國際藝術節。在本地，樂團獲邀演出不綴，包括香港芭蕾舞團、法國五月藝術節、香港電台第四台、世界豎琴大會、香港當代音樂節、香港國際鋼琴比賽等。為支持當代音樂，樂團曾為丹尼爾‧賓奈利、塔芭高娃、勒夫‧格蘭特、茅沅、亞歷山大‧普萊爾，以及香港首屈一指的作曲家在「音樂新文化」、香港當代音樂節首演新作。又曾與丹麥直笛名家帕蒂莉合作灌錄哈飛創作的《直笛醉人協奏曲》，鐳射唱片由 OUR Recordings全球發行，大獲好評。樂團以培育香港下一代的古典音樂觀眾為己任，新創了多個全舞台音樂演出，並有演員參與演出，包括《莫扎特的魔法》、《星．巴赫》、《揭開韋華第的神秘面紗》，以及2017年獲葡萄牙YAMawards「觀眾票選獎」的音樂劇場《失蝨室樂團》等。香港城市室樂團由藝術總監兼雙簧管首席黎燕欣創立及領導，她本身也是得獎的音樂家；2009年更獲香港特區政府民政事務局頒授嘉許狀。法國指揮尚‧托勞於2008年至2016年間任香港城市室樂團首席指揮。而阿美尼亞指揮及鋼琴家瓦安‧馬狄洛辛將於2019年9月起擔任樂團新任首席指揮。
On 01 November 2019 at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, 8:00pm, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) presents the Grammy award-winning American guitarist Sharon Isbin in an exquisite programme brimming with Spanish flavours and Rococo charm. Hailed as a master colourist and a true trailblazer of the guitar, Sharon Isbin will showcase her artistry in Rodrigo’s exquisitely beautiful Fantasia para un Gentilhombre. She will also be joined by CCOHK’s string principals for a rendition of Boccherini’s Guitar Quintet which culminates in an exhilarating Fandango movement to be played on castanets by the legendary Flamenco artist Nina Corti. The evening concludes with a special dance realization of Bartók’s gypsy-fuelled Romanian Folk Dances by Nina Corti followed by Halffter’s zealous and colourfully orchestrated Sinfonietta conducted by Andrew Sewell.
Praised by The Boston Globe as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our times”, Sharon Isbin has performed in the world’s finest concert halls and has appeared with almost 200 orchestras worldwide. She was the first guitarist ever to win the ARD Music Competition in Munich in 1976 and has just been named by Musical America as “Instrumentalist of the Year 2020” – the first guitarist ever to receive this prestigious award. She has performed at the White House by invitation of President Barack Obama in 2009. She is also committed to education and is the Founding Director of the Guitar Department at the renowned Juilliard School in New York.
Born into a family of professional musicians, Nina Corti has a special gift for choreographing dances to famous classical works by composers such as Ravel, Bartok, Falla, Boccherini and Telemann, thereby creating a unique style of Spanish dancing and Flamenco. A star performer in her own right, she has performed and choreographed works in collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tickets to the concert priced at $400, $300, $220 with half-price concessions for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and minder, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients are now available at all URBTIX outlets. For ticketing enquiries, call 3761 6661; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit http://www.urbtix.hk; for programme or other enquiries, call 2861 2156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, Sharon Isbin will give a Guitar Masterclass on 29 October 2019 (Tuesday) from 6:30pm-9:00pm at Hong Kong International Music Academy, G03, 33 Marble Road, North Point. Observer tickets priced at $100 may be booked via Ms. Betty Fung at 2864 2158 / email@example.com.
More about Sharon Isbin
Multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin has performed in the world’s finest concert halls and has appeared with almost 200 orchestras worldwide. Acclaimed by Fanfare Magazine as “one of our century’s best musicians”, she won first prize at the Toronto Guitar Competition in 1975, was a winner of the Madrid Queen Sofia Competition, and was the first guitarist ever to win the ARD Music Competition in Munich. She is also the recipient of the Echo Klassik Award in Germany and Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Classical Guitarist Award. Sharon Isbin features on the soundtrack to Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed, was invited to perform at the White House by President Obama, and performed at Ground Zero for the first internationally televised 9/11 memorial concert. A documentary about her career entitled Sharon Isbin: Troubadour won the 2015 ASCAP Television Broadcast Award and has received millions of views abroad and on over 200 PBS stations across the USA. In addition to giving sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, other recent highlights include a tour to 21 cities in the USA of her Guitar Passions programme, and collaborations with Sting and Amjad Ali Khan. A work was commissioned for her by Carnegie Hall and she has commissioned and premiered over 80 works by major composers including Tan Dun and John Corigliano. Her extensive discography of 30 CDs includes Alma Española which was honored by a 2018 Grammy for Producer of the Year. Her Latin Grammy-nominated disc with the New York Philharmonic is the only recording the orchestra has ever made with guitar. Sharon Isbin’s guitar mentors include Andrés Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia and Alirio Díaz. She also studied with the great Bach scholar and keyboard artist Rosalyn Tureck with whom she collaborated on landmark editions/recordings of the Bach lute suites. She contributes to guitar education as founding director of the guitar department at The Juilliard School and at the Aspen Music Festival.
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) holds a unique position as one of Asia’s leading chamber orchestras. Members are professional musicians experienced in playing diverse styles ranging from Baroque and classical to East-West crossover, tango, Bollywood and jazz. Since its establishment in 1999 CCOHK has performed with many world-class artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Thomas Allen, Sir Neville Marriner, Christian Lindberg, Sarah Chang, Philippe Entremont, Julian Lloyd Webber, Edgar Meyer, Branford Marsalis, Richard Galliano and The King’s Singers. The orchestra has also collaborated with celebrities including Hayley Westenra, Richard Clayderman, Robin Gibb, Dame Edna Everage and Canto-pop stars Sandy Lam, Hins Cheung and Hacken Lee. Additional highlights include collaborations with the Vienna Boys Choir, The American Boychoir, the Warsaw Boys Choir, the Swedish Voices Chamber Choir and Choeur Britten. On tour CCOHK has been invited to perform in Italy, Taipei, Beijing, Chengdu and at the 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival. At home CCOHK is in high demand with performing engagements for Hong Kong Ballet, Le French May Arts Festival, RTHK Radio 4, the World Harp Congress and The Hong Kong International Piano Competition. In support of contemporary music CCOHK has staged world premieres of works by Daniel Binelli, Dobrinka Tabakova, Detlev Glanert, Mao Yuan and Alexander Prior, and by Hong Kong’s top composers at Musicarama and the Hong Kong Contemporary Music Festival. CDs include an internationally acclaimed release on OUR Recordings featuring the world premiere of Richard Harvey’s Concerto Incantanto with Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri. CCOHK’s mission to cultivate young audiences for classical music in Hong Kong has led to the creation of several original fully-staged productions incorporating actors. These include Magnificent Mozart, The Star Bach, Vivaldi Unmasked and Bug Symphony which won the Public Choice Award at the YAMawards in Portugal 2017. At the helm of CCOHK’s artistic and executive planning is CCOHK’s founder Leanne Nicholls, herself a prize-winning performer who was awarded a commendation certificate from the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2009. French conductor Jean Thorel served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2016. Armenian conductor and virtuoso pianist Vahan Mardirossian was appointed chief conductor in September 2019.