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Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn

08 - 10.11.2019

Time | (08.117:30pm; (09 - 10.11)  5pm
Location | Prison Yard
Ticket | (08.11) $580, $380; (09 - 10.11) $480, $300

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Programming Changes and Ticketing Arrangement

- the performance on 8 Nov (Fri) will start at 7:30pm as scheduled
- the performances on 9 Nov (Sat) and 10 Nov (Sun) will be rescheduled from 7:30pm to 5pm.

For ticket holders, please contact the Ticketflap ticketing email: contact@ticketflap.com  (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm) to change tickets to other performance dates (subject to availability) or to apply for a refund. Programme details: www.taikwun.hk/projektberlin/


For three nights in November, the Prison Yard becomes Hong Kong’s newest and most unusual concert venue for the performances by the renowned Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn (WKO), one of Germany’s most established ensembles. The three programmes, though exploring vastly contrasting moments of Berlin’s history, all share their starting point in a fascinating historical event which took place in May 1747, when the elderly JS Bach was summoned to the palace of Frederick the Great of Prussia. Bach was invited to improvise on a meandering theme written by the King. He rose to the challenge immediately, and took the theme much further, putting the original theme through a series of musical metamorphoses, and finishing A Musical Offering, a gift for the King in the following weeks. 

The three evenings feature renowned soloists alongside WKO, performing the most exquisite musical masterpieces by JS Bach, CPE Bach, Mendelssohn, R Strauss and more.


8.11.2019 | Joy, Despair and Redemption

JS BACH  The Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Ricercar a 3
JS BACH/REGER  O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622
MENDELSSOHN  String Octet (string orchestra version)
– 20-minute interval –
R STRAUSS  Metamorphosen
DVOŘÁK  Nocturne in B major, Op. 40

Conductor: Case Scaglione
Harpsichord: Irina Zahharenkova
Flute (off-stage): Anne Freitag


9.11.2019 | Evening in the Palace of Reason

JS BACH/LENZEWSKI  The Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Ricercar a 6 (string orchestra version)
FREDERICK II  Flute Concerto No. 3
JS BACH  The Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Canon a 2 Quaerendo invenietis
CPE BACH  String Symphony in B minor, H. 661
– 20-minute interval –
JS BACH  Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048
CPE BACH  Cello Concerto in B-flat major, H. 436

Violin/Violoncello da spalla/Lead: Sergey Malov
Flute: Anne Freitag
Harpsichord: Irina Zahharenkova


10.11.2019 | Bach – Father and Son

JS BACH  The Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Trio Sonata
CPE BACH Cello Concerto in A major, H. 439
– 20-minute interval –
JS BACH  The Musical Offering, BWV 1079:  Canon perpetuo and Fuga canonica
JS BACH  Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
JS BACH  Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Violin/Violoncello da spalla/Lead: Sergey Malov
Flute: Anne Freitag
Harpsichord: Irina Zahharenkova
Basso Continuo: Georg O


Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn Masterclasses

Certain musicians of the orchestra will conduct closed-door masterclasses for music students in Hong Kong after the concerts. The classes will focus on the technique of early music playing and ensemble training.

11.11.2019│2 – 5pm│Hong Kong Baptist University
12.11.2019│3:30 – 6:30pm│The Chinese University of Hong Kong