Pottering about music
The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong performs live the background score of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, one of the most-loved films in the Potter series. Projections on a 40-feet screen in the background will help bring back some of the magic from the movie as the orchestra plays!
Date: May 20
Venue: Runway 11, AsiaWorld-Expo, Cheong Wing Road Chek Lap Kok
Love in the laser era
The New York Times had described it as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score”. The Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s much-lauded opera, L’Amour de Loin, gets a digital-era twist. Adapted by Robert Lepage, the new production is played out with glimmering ribbons of LED lights illuminating the scene. This is a love story in which the knight Eric Owens and his beloved Susanna Phillips are separated by a sea of insuperable troubles.
Date: May 21
Venue: Bethanie Wellcome Theatre 139 Pok Fu Lam Road
Party like the French do
If you are looking to unwind after a week’s hard work, visit the harbor front in Central to enjoy four days of food and musical fanfare brought to town by Le French May. Let the wine go down with some very fine French cheese even as Romantic French music is playing in the background. Live graffiti painting is also on the menu.
Date: May 18 to 21
Venue: Central Harbourfount Event Space, 9, Lung Wo Rd, Central
Shakespeare on fast forward mode
Do you find Shakespeare daunting? If that be the case, or even if you know the Bard’s work like the back of your hand, enjoy The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) — a rollicking ride on fast forward mode across 37 plays in 97 minutes. A gag-a-moment laughathon is guaranteed.
Time: May 24 to 27
Venue: Fringe Underground , 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central