42nd Orchestral Season

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When Janoska Meets HKCO

The Exceptional

Date and Time
12-13/7/2019 (Fri, Sat)
8:00 pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Ticket Fee
$170, $220, $280, $350
Chew Hee Chiat
Performed by
Janoska Ensemble
In 2013, three brothers from Bratislava and their brother-in-law started their musical project ‘Janoska Ensemble’. With their unique ‘Janoska Style’ – a highly sophisticated fusion of various musical styles, which also gave the title of their gold winning debut-CD – they have made it to the top within a few years. Now the internationally renowned Janoska Ensemble has been invited to perform together with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. This is likely to be a fascinating encounter, as the East-European and the Chinese musical heritages will contrast and complement each other at the same time on the highest artistical level.
Janoska Ensemble - Rumba For Amadeus
Janoska Ensemble - Die Fledermaus Overture à la Janoska
Janoska Ensemble - Paganinoska

Overture (From the Opera Le nozze di Figaro) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Yesterday Paul McCartney 
Rumba für Amadeus František Janoska      
Performed by: Janoska Ensemble

Moonlight on the Spring River Ancient Melody Arr. by Qin Pengzhang and Luo Zhongrong 

Re-arr. by František Janoska

Performed by: Janoska Ensemble, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Virtuosi

Contigo en la Distancia César Portillo de la Luz

Vocal: Arpad Janoska

Csárdás Vittorio Vincenzo Monti Arr. by Janoska Ensemble
Performed by: Janoska Ensemble, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Virtuosi
Violin: Bandi Janoska

Orchestra Suite No. 2 Chew Hee Chiat

Fledermaus - Ouverture à la Janoska Johann Strauss II Arr. by Janoska Ensemble    Re-arr. by Ng King-pan  (Arrangement commissioned by the HKCO / Premiere of the Chinese Orchestral Version)

Paganinoska (Based on Caprice No. 24) Janoska Ensemble and Niccolo Paganini Arr. by Frantisek Janoska    Re-arr. by Ng King-pan   (Arrangement commissioned by the HKCO / Premiere of the Chinese Orchestral Version)

Chinese Orchestra and Janoska Next, Station Moon  Ng King-pan (Commissioned by the HKCO / World Premiere)
The first movement: The Hidden Moon

The second movement: Moonlight Represents My Heart

The third movement: The Gateway

Pre-concert Talk
Date: 13/7/2019 (Sat)
Time: 6:45pm
Venue: Level 4 Foyer, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Free Admission. Quota is limited. First come first served.

Reservation:3185 1647

Cheering for a New World of Musical Possibilities

The concert features six “family” members from the Janoska Ensemble of Europe, which comes with their own cross-cultural elements. Their instruments and musical styles also bring together the artistic aesthetics of Western music and elements of ethno music, as well as the characteristics of smooth jazz and popular music. As for the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, they have long been expanding their music through various forms and means, including cultural integration.

Globalization via the Internet

Music is a cultural phenomenon that develops with the times, and these kinds of cross-cultural concerts are an inevitable mark in history during the course of its development. In today’s society, where information development and globalization brought about by the Internet has greatly narrowed the distance between people and broke through the cultural barriers between ethnic groups as well as traditional geographical barriers, this is the path that music must take as it reaches out for new possibilities.

The development of humankind was impeded by geographic barriers in the past. Different living habits, customs, and cultures were formed under different living environments, leading to instruments, music, and music aesthetics that were each of a kind. Although the East and the West have had exchanges and contacts in the last hundreds of years, their cultures largely developed on their own. A major breakthrough was finally made as we entered the new millennium, and China’s current Belt and Road policy and its conception are an inevitable phenomenon in today's globalized, Internet-centric world.

Amid the macro changes in cultures, this concert has been conceived with the following fusion elements that distinguished it from other cross-cultural concerts that integrate different music aesthetics in the past:

The first are items on the programme featuring both Chinese and Western instruments. The ancient Chinese tune Moonlight on the Spring River, and Csárdás, which is imbued with the Hungarian-Gypsy style, are transposed for a mix of Chinese and Western instruments (with vocals added to the latter). Performed by small ensembles, the gist of its arrangement is for the personality of each instrument to be distinguishable.

The second is to adapt arrangements by the Janoska Ensemble for joint performance by the Ensemble and the full-size Chinese orchestra. It is not just about bringing out the personality of each instrument; instead, it is about how a composer can create new timbres and sounds through orchestration and highlighting the character of the instruments to bring out a new power to touch and to move. The two featured works are the Ensemble's arrangements of Johann Strauss Jr.'s Fledermaus - Overture à la Janoska, and Paganinoska based on Paganini's Caprice No. 24. Both pieces integrate music from different cultures, showcasing the arrangement techniques of Hong Kong composer Ng King-pan and the performing skills of the musicians.

The third is the finale, Next, Station Moon. Commissioned for world premiere in this concert by Ng King-pan, it exemplifies how the wildest imagination is possible through a clever use of the recent Chinese lunar exploration mission that achieved the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon. But the aim of course goes beyond this, to the boundless, fantastical world of imagination. Given that instruments are regarded as a tool for “making music” in every ethnic group and country, a “tailor-made” piece should allow the colliding of different instrumental characteristics and combinations to open up a new world of musical possibilities. The audience might have to keep their psychological seat belts fastened when traveling to a musical world that they have never set foot in before, where every unexpected thing can happen – just to keep them from being thrown off the adventurous ride even if the music ends up surprising them like never before, and they can carry on cheering for a new world of musical possibilities!