Prague Philharmonic Choir at Hong Kong Arts Festival (1)
February 25 @ 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm
“Its characteristic brilliance and musical qualities…[are] well-nigh overwhelming” Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Austria)
The Czech Republic’s foremost professional choir brings works of pictorial and seraphic beauty by Schubert, Bruckner, Peteris Vasks and Eric Whitacre to the Festival audience.
Founded in 1935 and currently choir-in-residence at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, the Prague Philharmonic Choir received Best Vocal Performance and the Czech Television Award at the Classic Prague Awards in 2018. Known for its power and versatility, the 70-member choir has a prolific, multiple award-winning discography and has worked with eminent international orchestras and maestros like Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.
The Prague Philharmonic Choir makes its Hong Kong debut on 25 February with an evening celebrating nature: Peteris Vasks’s Plainscapes, which the composer described as a “vision of dawn breaking and the awakening of nature with its profusion of birdsong”; and Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst, a powerful work depicting a breathtaking desert downpour witnessed by the composer himself, which has been praised as “a contemporary choral classic” (Art Desk).
In their second concert, on 27 February, a series of sacred motets by Bruckner accompanied by the unique sounds of the pipe organ and three trombones will close a meditative evening of inspiration and reverence.
Programme, 25 February 2020
Psalm 23, D706
The Song of the Spirits Over the Waters, D705