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21st November, 2016
HANDEL’S MESSISH BY CANTABILE - A REINTERPRETATION OF CLASSICS
The new professional ensemble Cantabile will hold its inaugural concert on Thursday 15th December 2016 at 7:30 PM, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - The Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre, performing Messiah by George Frideric Handel. Cantabile will be accompanied by Cantabile Baroque period ensemble. For this performance, we will be importing Baroque instruments that are not available locally to enhance the full Baroque experience for the concert.
Under the direction of our Artistic and Music Director Philip Chu, this performance will showcase mostly Hong Kong local talents, together with a few Baroque specialists coming from overseas to join us in the orchestra. This performance of Messiah will no doubt create a fresh concert experience to regular concert goers who have heard this piece many times in the past.
Come and join us for a fun and memorable night!
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Founded in 2016 by Artistic and Music Director Philip Chu, Cantabile is a new professional ensemble made up of talented local musicians in Hong Kong. It aims to embrace the audience with a wide range of high quality music as well as new ideas about performances.
Cantabile provides both a performance and training platform for local talented musicians who wish to pursue a career in the music industry. All musicians will be given opportunities to gain experience through rehearsing and performing in a friendly environment, along with other professional musicians. Cantabile also values education, it aims to provide the public a chance to acquire in depth knowledge on music appreciation and performance skills via workshops and masterclasses. Music has various effects on people, and Cantabile explores this variety together with people who simply enjoy music making.
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Born in Hong Kong, Philip Chu studied voice and conducting at University of Sydney and Sydney Conservatorium of Music respectively. He has worked with ensembles such as The Metropolitan Opera, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Macau Symphony Orchestra, Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Philharmonic Choirs amongst others. As a chorusmaster, he has prepared various choirs for conductors such as Lorin Mazzel, Jaap van Zweden, Charles Dutoit, Gianluigi Gelmetti amongst others.
Apart from the classical music field, Philip has also worked extensively in other music fields, ranging from Hollywood film scores to computer games’ music. He was part of the music creation team of some of the most popular games series such as World of Warcraft, Diablo, Soul Calibur and Final Fantasy.
Philip is currently chorusmaster for HK Phil, and formed the professional ensemble Cantabile in 2016.
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