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The Chopin Society of Hong Kong

The Chopin Society of Hong Kong

This year [1999] marks the one hundred and fifthtieth anniversary of Frederic Chopin's death.

It is therefore most fitting to draw attention to Hong Kong's Chopin Society's efforts to commemorate this great composer who was so prominent in Europe's artistic and literary circles in the first half of the XIX century.

The Society will organise jointly with the provisional Urban Council in October 1999 a series of public concerts featuring international artists and focussing on some of Chopin's work which is less well known and is rarely performed, such as his songs cycle, as well as transcriptions of his work for guitar. In November 1999 the Society, with support by the Bank of America, will present concerts, first in an annual series, featuring winners from major international music competitions.

The Chopin Society of Hong Kong was set up four years ago by Andrew and Anabella Freris and Teresa Li Lai with the aim to disseminate the piano music of Chopin and of his contemporaries primarily through salon-type concerts, favored by Chopin himself. In the case of the Freris couple, there was an added stimulus in setting up the Society as their Belgravia home in London was the place where Chopin stayed and played during his visit in 1848.

The Society organizes several concerts per year at private venues where members can share in an intimate environment music played by leading Hong Kong pianists and other musicians. Recent examples of the Society's activities include a chamber performance of Chopin's two piano concertos and a concert on an antique Pleyel grand piano, Chopin's favorite make, dating from Chopin's time.


 

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