6 Dec 2018 (Thu) 8 ‑ 10:30pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
10 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
$450, $350, $250, $150
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A tale of two anniversaries : Bernstein & Rossini & Ip Kim-ho
雙週年誌:伯恩斯坦與羅西尼

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bernstein's birth, The Hong Kong Bach Choir presents one of his most beloved works: Chicester Psalms, commisioned by an Anglican catheral in England but setting the original Hebrew text from the Book of Psalms: a triumph of ecumenicism in the midst of the tumultuous 1960s.

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death, which The Hong Kong Bach Choir commemorates with his final masterpiece, the Petite Messe Solennelle. Rossini composed it to be his ticket to Heaven - as he wrote on the final page of the manuscript, "Dear Lord, here it is, finished, this poor little mass... Blessings to you and grant me Paradise."
The concert also includes a recent work by Hong Kong composer IP Kim-Ho, commissioned by The Hong Kong Bach Choir in 2002 to be performed alongside Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. An Offering of Flowers dissects and reassembles the word "flower" in four languages (Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and German) in a musical mosaic that in just a few brief minutes establishes an other-worldly atmosphere.

為紀念伯恩斯坦百歲冥壽,香港巴赫合唱團將演唱他最受人喜愛的作品《齊徹斯特詩篇》。這曲是他應英格蘭一家聖公會座堂委約所作,為在動盪的1960年代宣告基督教會合一的勝利。歌詞取材自《聖經》中的【詩篇】,但不是為英譯本譜曲,而是採用原来的希伯來文詩詞。

2018年是羅西尼逝世150週年,香港巴赫合唱團以他最後一首作品《小莊嚴彌撒》來紀念他。羅西尼寫這曲作為自己進入天堂的門券,正如他在手稿末頁上所寫:「親愛的主,就是這首了,寫完了,這首可憐的小彌撒曲...... 向你獻上頌讚,求賜我天堂。」

這場音樂會還包括香港作曲家葉劍豪的作品,是應香港巴赫合唱團2002年的委約,寫成一篇音樂鑲嵌畫。只是短短幾分鐘,就已營造出超凡脫俗的氣氛。