Requiem For A Witch: Acclaimed Conductor James MacMillan Comes To Hong Kong
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American pianist Ben Kim and Huang Shan, Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s principal trumpeter, will perform Shostakovich piano concertos no. 1 and 2, and compositions by conductor James MacMillan, under the baton of McMillan himself.
Sir James MacMillan (b. 1959) is hailed as one of today’s most successful classical composers as well as an internationally acclaimed conductor. His musical language is strongly influenced by his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern Scandinavian and Eastern European music.
He first attracted international attention with the lauded BBC Proms concert première of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie in 1990, a Requiem for one Isobel Gowdie, who was supposedly burnt as a witch in post-Reformation Scotland.
This concert will mark the Hong Kong première of the requiem. MacMillan will also perform the Asian première of his Larghetto for Orchestra (2017) and Shostakovich’ Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor, Op 35. and Piano Concerto No 2 in F, Op 102.
MacMillan will be performing with young American pianist Ben Kim, who has won accolades for his energetic performances, and Huang Shan, who is the principal trumpeter for the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.