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Swire Maestro Series: Paavo Järvi & Alena Baeva

29 March - 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm

$50 – $680


The HK Phil welcomes the return of two artists who gave exhilarating performances last season. Paavo Järvi returns with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony – the composer’s most frequently performed work and a testament to an era of struggle and oppression. Also returning is Luxembourgish violinist Alena Baeva, who brings us Stravinsky’s meticulously structured Violin Concerto, widely considered his best orchestral work. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol is a perfect opener for the concert, as it echoes the dance-like qualities of Stravinsky’s neo-classical concerto.

The concert runs approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with an intermission.

Capriccio espagnol
STRAVINSKYViolin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICHSymphony no. 5

Paavo Järvi, conductor
Alena Baeva, violin

Free Pre-concert Talk

29 Mar 2024 (Fri) 7:15pm-7:45pm
30 Mar 2024 (Sat) 7:15pm-7:45pm
Venue: Podium Workshop, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
29 Mar 2024 (Fri)

(Conducted in Cantonese)

Dr. Joanna Lee

30 Mar 2024 (Sat)

(Conducted in English)

Mr. Ken Smith

Music critic


The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) is one of the leading orchestras in Asia. The annual schedule focuses on symphonic repertoire, with conductors and soloists from all over the world. The HK Phil runs an extensive education programme, commissions new works, and nurtures local talent. The most recent recording project is Wagner’s Ring Cycle following the first-ever performances in Hong Kong of these four operas. In 2019, the HK Phil received the prestigious Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award – the first orchestra in Asia to receive this distinction. With Music Director Jaap van Zweden since 2012, the HK Phil has toured to Europe, Asia, Australia, and on numerous occasions to Mainland China. Yu Long is the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, while Lio Kuokman is the Resident Conductor of the HK Phil.

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