16 December 2018 - 9 Tevet 5779 - ט' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
HKJFF celebrates its 19th edition with award-winning lineup of world-class Jewish films E-mail

Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF) returns with its 19th edition and brings world class Jewish-themed films to this Asian metropolis again.

Taking place at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre from 3 to 11 November, the Festival presents a wide range of 23 films, including feature films, documentaries, comedies and shorts. Many of them are awardwinners or Asian premières.

The Festival also plays host to Q&A sessions with directors and special guests, including Yossi Alpher, a former analyst from Mossad and the Special Adviser to a former Israeli Prime Minister.

The festival will open on 3 November with the compelling thriller Shelter, about a female Mossad agent and the Lebanese informant she is assigned to protect. The film won Best Actress Award of the Israeli Film Academy 2017. Former Mossad agent Yossi Alpher will be “interrogated” after this screening.

On 4 November, Alpher will also host a Q&A session after the screening of The Mossad: Imperfect Spies, which has candid interviews with former Mossad spies, including Alpher.

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Solange Jospé prize winner to perform in Hong Kong E-mail

Israeli pianist Almog Segal will perform a piano recital at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts on 18 October.

Segal is a young and promising Israeli pianist who last year won the Solange Jospéprize at the “Voice of Music Young Artists Competition” in Jerusalem, Israel. As the winner of the competition, he has been invited to perform in Hong Kong.

He will be accompanied onstage by pianists Valerie Wong Wai-yuen Xiao and To Suet-hin. The recitals will be conducted by Sharon Andrea Choa and composer Simon Yip Sai-man from the Hong Kong Academy Symphony Orchestra. The programme includes Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op.35 by Chopin, 5 Bagatelles for Piano by Israel Sharon and Piano Concerto No. 7 in F, for two pianos K.242 by Mozart.

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Joy of Music Festival 2018: A celebration of music-making, musicsharing and more E-mail

The eagerly anticipated Joy of Music Festival 2018, presented by the Chopin Society of Hong Kong, will take place from 15 to 25 October at Hong Kong City Hall.

This year marks the 12th in this annual series, which links together the triennial Hong Kong International Piano Competitions that were held in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2016, with the next one scheduled for October 2019.

The Festival brings together carefully selected top-ranking artists from around the world, as well as the first prize winners of past Hong Kong International Piano Competitions. It especially promotes supremely talented young performers, who are showcased at the start of every evening performance.

This year’s festival kicks off on 15 October with Operatic Delights, with operatic arias and duets and songs sung by Nancy Yuen (soprano) and Israel Lorenzo (tenor), accompanied by pianists Luka Okros and Stephen Wong. One of the highlights this year is a series of chamber music concerts featuring the world-famous Borodin Quartet on two separate evenings, playing different programmes. On 19 October , the quartet will be joined by renowned pianist Ilya Rashkovskiy.

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