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Open Rehearsal: Marin Alsop, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and local Student Orchestras

As part of the 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival PLUS programme, world-renowned conductor Marin Alsop, together with Latin America’s leading São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, will share the stage with two local award-winning student orchestras from Diocesan Boys' School and Diocesan Girls’ School, to support the development of young musical talent.

The open rehearsal will consist of two parts: in the first, Alsop will conduct and share with each student orchestra her rich experiences in the world of music. In the second, Alsop – a protégée of the late American composer Leonard Bernstein – will be joined by musicians from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra to practice and perform Bernstein’s Candide Overture alongside the student orchestras onstage.

The open rehearsal will not only provide audiences the opportunity to enjoy the raw charisma of orchestral music, but also pass the flame of knowledge from Bernstein to Alsop, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and, finally, to Hong Kong’s bright young musicians. 

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(Photo Credit: Grant Leighton)

Marin Alsop is an inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene and a music director of vision and distinction who passionately believes that music has the power to change lives. She is recognised across the world for her innovative approach to programming and deep commitment to education and to the development of audiences of all ages.

Her outstanding success as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) since 2007 has been recognised by two extensions in her tenure, now confirmed until 2021. As part of her artistic leadership in Baltimore, Alsop has created several bold initiatives: OrchKids, for the city’s most deprived young people, and the

 BSO Academy and Rusty Musicians for adult amateur musicians. Alsop became Principal Conductor and Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) in 2012, where she continues to steer highly creative programming and outreach activities, and which she conducts on the international stage: this includes a tour to Asia in 2019 and three European tours featuring performances at the Lucerne Festival and in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Salzburg and Vienna. Her contract continues to the end of 2019, when she becomes Conductor of Honour. In September 2019, Alsop becomes Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Alsop conducts the world’s major orchestras, with recent and forthcoming European highlights including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), and the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Further highlights of the 2018/19 season include the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de France, following summer festival debuts at the Grafenegg and MITO festivals with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a second residency with the Britten-Pears Orchestra at the Snape Proms.

As one of Leonard Bernstein’s best known pupils, Alsop was central to his 100th anniversary global celebrations in 2018: she opened the LSO’s tribute and conducted performances of Bernstein’s Mass at the Ravinia Festival, where she has been appointed Musical Curator for 2018 and 2019, and at Southbank Centre, where she is the artist-in-residence.

Her extensive discography has led to multiple Gramophone awards and includes highly praised Naxos cycles of Brahms with the LPO and MDR Leipzig, Dvořák with the BSO, Prokofiev with OSESP, and further recordings for Decca Classics, Harmonia Mundi and Sony Classical. She is dedicated to new music, demonstrated in her 25-year tenure as Music Director of California’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Among her many awards and academic positions, Alsop is the only conductor to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Philharmonic Society, and was recently appointed Director of Graduate Conducting at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. She attended the Juilliard School and Yale University, who awarded her an Honorary

Doctorate in 2017. Her conducting career was launched in 1989, when she was the first woman to be awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center.

Since its first concert in 1954 as the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP) has gained international standing and become a major force in the cultural life of both São Paulo and Brazil.

When Director Eleazar de Carvalho (1912-1996) finished his 24-year tenure with the orchestra, he left behind a reformulation project for Maestro John Neschling, who became artistic director in 1997. Soon after, auditions were opened both in Brazil and abroad, with improved salaries and work conditions for the orchestra’s musicians. In 1999, a new home for the orchestra opened in the Sala São Paulo, a repurposed railway station later named one of the world’s top ten concert halls by The Guardian in 2015. In seasons since, the orchestra has become famous for the diversity of its repertoire, including partnerships with labels BIS (Sweden) and Biscoito Fino (Rio de Janeiro), ensuring the diffusion of Brazilian concert music across the world.

In 2008, OSESP was named by Gramophone magazine as one of three emerging orchestras to watch, and the orchestra continues to tour regularly worldwide. In 2012, it became the first Brazilian orchestra ever to perform at the BBC Proms in London under its then newly-appointed Principal Conductor, Marin Alsop. The orchestra also performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with critics praising the orchestra’s impressive international performances. When Alsop was named Music Director in 2013, the orchestra embarked on another European tour, making hugely successful debuts at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Berlin Philharmonie. In 2014, to commemorate its 60th anniversary, OSESP co-commissioned a saxophone concerto by John Adams and performed it in five Brazilian states. In 2016, OSESP appeared at major European summer festivals under Alsop’s baton.

While multiple tours across Brazil and Latin America, the United States and Europe have seen the orchestra internationally renowned for its excellence, it performs over a hundred concerts every season for nearly 10,000 subscribers and runs a large educational and outreach programme for over 30,000 children and teenagers. OSESP also released its first recordings on the Naxos record label as part of a project encompassing Prokofiev’s complete symphonies conducted by Marin Alsop, and Villa-Lobos’ complete symphonies conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky.


Musician List

Leonard Berinsten Candide Overture

1st Violin
Emmanuele Baldini
1st Violin
Davi Graton
1st Violin
Yuiry Rakevich
1st Violin
Elina Suris
1st Violin
Rodolfo Lota
1st Violin
Soraya Landim
1st Violin
Camila Yasuda
1st Violin
Carolina Kliemann
2nd Violin
Lev Veksler
2nd Violin
Matthew Thorpe
2nd Violin
Katia Spassova
2nd Violin
Anderson Farinelli
2nd Violin
Marcio Kim
2nd Violin
Inna Meltzer
2nd Violin
Deborah dos Santos
Viola
Horacio Schefer
Viola
Peter Pas
Viola
Andres Lepage
Viola
Vladimir Klementiev
Viola
Ederson Fernandes
Cello
Rodrigo Andrade
Cello
Douglas Kier
Cello
Regina Vasconcellos
Cello
Marialbi Trisolio
Cello
Adriana Holtz
Bass
Ana Valeria Poles
Bass
Pedro Gadelha
Bass
Cladio Torezan
Bass
Jefferson Collacico
Piccolo
Fabiola Alves
1st Flute
Claudia Nascimento
2nd Flute
Savio Araujo
1st Oboe
Arcadio Minczuk
2nd Oboe
Peter Apps
Eb Clarinet
Daniel Rosas
1st Clarinet
Ovanir Buosi
2nd Clarinet
Giuliano Rosas
Bass Clarinet
Nivaldo Orsi
1st Bassoon
Alexandre Silverio
2nd Bassoon
Francisco Formiga
Contrabassoon
Romeu Rabelo
1st Horn
Austin Larson
2nd Horn
Andre Goncalves
3rd Horn
Nikolay Genov
4th Horn
Eduardo Minczuk
1st Trumpet
Fernando Dissenha
2nd Trumpet
Marcelo Matos
1st Trombone
Wagner Polistchuk
2nd Trombone
Alex Tartaglia
3rd Trombone
Darrin Milling
Tuba
Filipe Queiros
Timpani
Elizabeth Del Grande
Percussion
Ricardo Bologna
Percussion
Ricardo Righini
Percussion
Armando Yamada
Percussion
Eduardo Gianesella
Percussion
Ruben Zuniga
Harp
Liuba Klevtsova

Diocesan Girls’ School Symphony Orchestra

Formed by students from Grades 1 to 6, DGS Symphony Orchestra has achieved first place in various local schools’ music festivals over the years. It has performed in Taipei, Tainan, Macau, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, receiving high acclaims for its many collaborative performances with local secondary schools. The Orchestra has also collaborated with established artists including choreographer Mui Cheuk-yin and Russian pianist Ilya Itin, as well as renowned Hong Kong pianist Nicolette Wong, under the direction of our Performing Arts Director, Leung Kin Fung, founder of Hong Kong Pure Strings and First Associate Concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Symphony Orchestra is currently conducted by Leung Kin Fung and Dorothy Hui.

Dorothy Hui
Conductor of Diocesan Girls’ School Symphony Orchestra 

Trained as a classical pianist, Dorothy Hui studied with Martha Fischer as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her time there, she was also trained in choral as well as orchestral conducting in various musical ensembles. Her conducting teachers include Bruce Gladstone, James Smith and Beverly Taylor.

A graduate of Diocesan Girls' School (DGS) and Diocesan Girls' Junior School, she returned to her alma mater in 2012, leading instrumental and choral groups in achieving excellent results in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals and the Youth Interflows. In 2016, the DGS Junior Choir was awarded the Most Outstanding Choir of the Year under her leadership. The DGS Senior Choir, under her direction, captured the World Championship of the Youth Choirs of Equal Voices at the 10th World Choir Games held in South Africa. She was also invited as a guest conductor for the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra. Dorothy is now in her seventh year as Music Teacher and conductor.


Musician List

Igor Stravinsky's The Infernal Dance of King Kashchei, Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird Suite

Conductor Dorothy Hui


1st Violin Athena Shiu
1st Violin Ivy Kan
1st Violin Sophie Hayin Chung
1st Violin Bernice Shiu
1st Violin Pegeen Jayce Kwok
1st Violin Rozel Yeung
1st Violin Katarina Cheung
1st Violin Eleanor The
1st Violin Janet Lau
1st Violin Charis Lai
2nd Violin Joanne Leung
2nd Violin Helena Choi
2nd Violin Serena Ho
2nd Violin Crystal Wong 
2nd Violin Hui Sum Nam Jacinta
2nd Violin Fung Hei Yin Hazel
2nd Violin Lo Hei Yu 
2nd Violin Kirsten Fong 
Viola Sherri Lun
Viola Hillary Cheng 
Viola Janice Leung
Viola Bernice Wong 
Viola Bertha Wong
Viola Candace Chen 
Viola Cheung Hoi Lam
Viola Hilda Lam
Viola Charlotte Leung
Cello Erica Wong
Cello Mindy Shie 
Cello Valerie Tsoi
Cello Kristy Li
Cello Jasmine Leung
Cello Tiffany Chan
Cello Tiffany Cheung
Cello Rosalyn Cheng
Cello Sonia Chan
Cello Jackie Loy
Cello Bernice Ng
Cello Sophie Wong
Bass Bernice Chan 
Bass Sharon Hon 
Bass Felice Chan 
Bass Joyce Lee 
Flute Isabella Qian
Flute Janice Chiu 
Flute Jayna Chiu
Flute/ Piccolo Zabrina Ho
Oboe Wong Sa
Oboe Wong Si
Oboe Chan Man Yan
Oboe Kam Tsz Ying Vanessa
Clarinet Chloe Ching 
Clarinet Eponine Wong
Clarinet Anthea Li
Clarinet Nicole Chung
Bassoon Janice Chui
Bassoon Ashley Liu
Bassoon Danica Ching
Bassoon Anson Fan
Horn Oceana Lo
Horn Angela Hung
Horn Lai Choi Yan
Horn Yiu Tsz Wan
Horn Sophie Choy
Horn Leung Yui To
Trumpet Nicole Ng
Trumpet Charlotte Ni
Trumpet Mavis Lam
Trumpet Alvis Wong
Trumpet Hayley Cheung
Trumpet Sherrie Lau
Trombone  Chloe Ng
Trombone  Rachel Wong 
Trombone Ruby Ip
Trombone Stephanie Zang
Tuba Nicole Liu
Percussion Wong Hiu Yu
Percussion Amelia Lee
Percussion Ng Hoi Yin
Percussion Audrey Tong
Percussion Marina Kam 
Percussion Yan Ho Yee

Leonard Bernstein's Candide Overture

1st Violin Athena Shiu 
1st Violin Ivy Kan  
1st Violin Sophie Chung 
1st Violin Bernice Shiu 
2nd Violin Joanne Leung 
2nd Violin Helena Choi 
2nd Violin Serena Ho 
2nd Violin Crystal Wong 
2nd Violin
Viola Sherri Lun 
Viola Hillary Cheng 
Viola Janice Leung 
Cello Erica Wong 
Cello Mindy Shie 
Cello Valerie Tsoi 
Bass Bernice Chan 
Bass Joyce Lee 
1st Flute Janice Chiu
2nd Oboe Wong Si
1st Clarinet Chloe Ching
2nd Bassoon Danica Ching
2nd Horn Oceana Lo
4th Horn Angela Hung
1st Trumpet Nicole Ng
2nd Trombone Rachel Wong
Harp Charlotte Poon

Diocesan Boys’ School Symphony Orchestra

The Diocesan Boys’ School (DBS) Symphony Orchestra is one of the most historic youth orchestras in Hong Kong. The DBS Orchestra was founded by a former headmaster of the school, Mr George She, in 1956. Its early performances consisted of only 18 members, with Dr Lo King Man as the conductor. Now the orchestra has up to 80 members. The DBS Symphony Orchestra is currently the record holder of the highest marks ever achieved (98 marks in 2004) in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Symphony Orchestra (Senior) competition, having captured over 20 champions there since the 1990s. On the international scene, the DBS Symphony Orchestra participated in the 2015 Washington DC International Music Festival , capturing the Gold Medal with a high score of 93.6. Recent repertoire of the orchestra include Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6, Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5, Shostakovich’s Symphony No 10, Prokofiev's Symphony No 1 "Classical", Mahler's Symphony No 5, Brahms' Symphony No 2, and Brahms’ Symphony No 4.

Samuel Pang
Conductor of Diocesan Boys’ School Symphony Orchestra

Samuel Pang studied orchestral conducting with Neil Varon and viola performance with Carol Rodland at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to studying orchestral conducting at Eastman, he was the orchestra director of the Diocesan Boys' School Symphony Orchestra from 2012–2015. During his time at the Diocesan Boys' School, he led the symphony orchestra and string orchestra to winning all six competitions they participated in at the annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. In April 2015, Samuel led the orchestras on a concert tour in the United States, performing in prestigious venues such as the Kilbourn Hall in Rochester, New York and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

After spending two years in Rochester and New York, Samuel resumed his duties as the orchestra director of the Diocesan Boys' School Symphony Orchestra in September 2017. Inspired by J.S. Bach, Samuel's greatest desire is to glorify God through music.


Musician List

Richard Strauss Don Juan, Op.20


Conductor
Samuel Pang


1st Violin Concert Master LEE CHAK SUM WALLACE
1st Violin Assistant Concert Master ZHANG YIU CHI BLUES
1st Violin Assistant Concert Master WONG WANG BOK JONATHAN CURTIS
1st Violin YAN YIK LAM
1st Violin LEUNG MAN HIM
1st Violin YAN YIK SHAN
1st Violin LI YUI CHING ENOCH
1st Violin TONG PUN KIU
1st Violin CHOW SHING HONG
1st Violin MO CHEUK HEI MARCUS
2nd Violin Principal GOH PAK YAN BRIAN
2nd Violin Vice-principal WU CHEUK HEI
2nd Violin YEUNG HEI CHIT JADEN
2nd Violin KO CHING HIN
2nd Violin HUNG SIU ON BARRON
2nd Violin NG CHEUK PUI ETHAN
2nd Violin TO SAU YAT BOAZ
2nd Violin OKUMURA HARUTOSHI
2nd Violin HUNG CHI HANG
2nd Violin FONG KING SON BRIAN
Viola Principal LI MAN CHUN
Viola Vice-principal CHU HO TING DOMINIC
Viola CHENG KO HEI
Viola LAU CHUNG HIN JONES
Viola CHOY CHEUK HEI
Viola NG KWOK YUI GEORGE
Viola LUI YAN HUNG
Cello Principal POON TSZ CHUN
Cello Vice-principal CHAN CHING WEI TREVOR
Cello CHAN SAI HONG
Cello CHING ALEXANDER SAU HANG
Cello WONG CHAK LUNG ANDREW
Cello CHAN GEORGE CHUN PEI
Bass Principal WU CHI HIN DANNY
Bass Vice-principal MAK TSZ YU
Bass WING YAU TONG IAN
Bass LUI YUI SHING JEDIDIAH
Bass YEUNG CHI KIT
Flute Principal LAM CHUN HEI
Flute YU HO HEI
Oboe Principal CHAN KWOK KING
Oboe LAU KA LONG
Oboe English Horn YIU CARLOS KAI SHING
Clarinet Principal TSANG TAK HIM
Clarinet LEE HOO LEO
Bassoon Principal TANG CHUN SUM
Bassoon CHOY SEON BOG
Horn Principal CHOI WAI CHUN
Horn CHEUNG YAT HEI
Horn CHUNG SHEUNG YIN OSCAR
Horn LAM KWUN LOK
Trumpet Principal LOK KA HEI
Trumpet CHU WAI LAM
Trumpet WONG YAN PING IAN
Trombone Principal CHAN TIN YUI
Trombone CHEUNG CHUN HO
Trombone NG SAI YIN ANDREW
Tuba KEUNG HUI CHUN
Percussion Principal SHUM TIN KWAN
Percussion YAU CHING HO
Percussion CHAM SIU HEI
Percussion LEUNG CHUN YU
Piano WONG KEI



Leonard Bernstein Candide Overture

1st Violin LEE CHAK SUM WALLACE
1st Violin WONG WANG BOK JONATHAN CURTIS
1st Violin ZHANG YIU CHI BLUES
1st Violin LI YUI CHING ENOCH
2nd Violin GOH PAK YAN BRIAN
2nd Violin WU CHEUK HEI
2nd Violin CHOW SHING HONG
Viola LI MAN CHUN
Viola CHU HO TING DOMINIC
Cello POON TSZ CHUN
Cello CHAN CHING WEI TREVOR
Bass WU CHI HIN DANNY
Bass MAK TSZ YU
2nd Flute LAM CHUN HEI
1st Oboe CHAN KWOK KING
2nd Clarinet TSANG TAK HIM
1st Bassoon TANG CHUN SUM
1st Horn CHOI WAI CHUN
3rd Horn LAM KWUN LOK
2nd Trumpet LOK KA HEI
1st Trombone CHAN TIN YUI