Making an Effort

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also. – Igor Stravinsky

12 September -Cirque de la Symphonie- Guy Noble, Hong Kong Philharmonic 

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Orchestra: Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Guy Noble

Cirque de la Symphonie

Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert 

Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon: Overture

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque – Clair de Lune

Risky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, op.34, parts IV & V

Bizet: Carmen Suite no. 2 – Gypsy Song, Act II

Bizet: Carmen Suite no.1 – Toreador Song

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite op. 66a

Saint- Saens: Samson and Delilah: Bacchanale

Abreast: Tico Tico No Fubá(Dragon)

Chabrier: España

Williams: Witches of Eastwick: Devil’s Dance

Kabalevsky: Comedians: Galop

Offenbach: Orpheus in the underworld: Can-Can

Antheil: Hot Time Dance

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake:Valse

Sibelius:Finlandia

J.Strauss II: Thunder and Lightning Polka, op. 324

The previous evening, I had been to a school function and a colleague asked if I would be at this concert. So, we arranged to meet for dinner. When I arrived, another colleague realised she had left her ticket at home, she was about to leave and I suggested that they could ask at the box office/ HKPhil organisers if they could still let her in as this had happened recently to another concert attendee and it was sorted out without much fuss. Thankfully, our friend was saved a long journey home and didn’t have to pay again – so thank you people at the HKPhil desk!

The orchestra were situated further back than usual to make room for the rigging that was needed on stage for the Cirque performers. This was an excellent evening of circus acts – think ‘Cirque du Soleil’ but with less fantastical costumes set to classical music. There were aerial skills with a team of about six people holding the rope, appearing and retreating offstage,  to help hoist the acrobats into the air. There was a good variety of acts, including spinning cube, tango, quick change and hand balance. A highlight was certainly the juggler who brought some comic relief every time he came on stage. They ended with an aerial duo including a man flying through the air on silks and lastly, the golden strongmen who manage to somehow balance on and using each other.

A very entertaining programme, with beautiful music. Guy Noble did point out that there was quite a bit of ‘Spanish’ music in the performance – but interestingly enough, none of it was written by spaniards!

Cirque de la Symphonie

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