BEYOND THE PIANO
Michael Nyman’s 75th Birthday Concert
24 March 2019, Hong Kong
Simon Haram, saxophone
Mikel Toms, conductor
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
In Re Don Giovanni
The End of the Affair
On the Fiddle
If and Why
Where the Bee Dances
“The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) teams up with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in honoring Michael NYMAN, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary composers.
The English-born composer is best known for his score for Jane CAMPION’s 1993 Palme d’Or winner The Piano that won him numerous awards including BAFTA and the Golden Globe. Also known for his collaboration with Peter GREENAWAY, NYMAN’s talents are best illustrated in his propulsive scores for the master filmmaker’s classics.
Under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Mikel TOMS, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will open the concert with In Re Don Giovanni, NYMAN’s deconstruction of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
The three movements of On the Fiddle for solo violin and string orchestra derive from his scores for three Peter GREENAWAY films, namely The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) and Prospero’s Books (1991).
The concert will conclude with Where the Bee Dances, a saxophone concerto also from Prospero’s Books, featuring Simon HARAM, a member of the Michael Nyman Band.” (Read more…)