In the Show – 22nd April 2008

Last Friday and Saturday, local music lovers had the opportunity to hear and see violinist Akiko Suwanai perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Now one of the world’s most respected players, Akiko was the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

“We Own the Night” is about two brothers who have taken two very different paths in life. Joseph, played by Mark Wahlberg, has followed in the footsteps of their father, and has become one of New York city’s most decorated policemen. Bobby, Joaquin Phoenix, is running a nightclub for a kindly old Russian furrier and his family. When the police notice the club’s being used for drugs distribution, they ask Bobby to inform on his acquaintances. He refuses. It looks as if the brothers are set to clash. Reviewer Gary Pollard tells us more.

This year, as ever, French May will include classical, pop, and jazz music, theatre, visual arts, dance, and movies. Jumping the gun a bit, one of the exhibitions has already started. It’s showing at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Musée Guimet, Paris, in collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong. It’s called “Paris 1730-1930: A Taste for China.”

In our studio tonight are American cellist and composer Matt Brubeck (son of Dave Brubeck), and Canadian pianist and composer David Braid. David was awarded a 2005 Juno award for best traditional jazz album and Matt’s background includes being a member of the Berkely Symphony and touring with Sheryl Crow and the Dixie Chicks. David and Matt are both classically trained but switch to jazz with ease, as they show us tonight.

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