In the Show – 1st December 2009

The third Hong Kong International Antiquarian Book Fair opens this Friday, and runs until Sunday. There are 36 exhibitors here presenting the rare, the old, and the otherwise collectable. We talk to two of them, and look at some of their exhibits.

Nora Ephron’s “Julie and Julia” is based on the stories of two women. One is Julie Powell, a 30-year-old woman in Queens, New York, who created a blog about cooking 524 recipes in a year. The other woman is Julia Child, who collected those recipes in her legendary “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in the 1940s and 1950s. In the present day, Amy Adams plays Julie. In the earlier era, Meryl Streep is the inimitable Julia Child. Reviewer Gary Pollard tells us more.

On Friday evening, Hong Kong concert-goers were able to experience a multimedia adventure across time, space, and cultures.The occasion was a performance of Tan Dun’s “Map Concerto” by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with Lawrence Renes conducting and Richard Bamping as principal cellist.

This coming Saturday, three talented young female players from the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra are performing interpretations of Chinese classics. The show’s called, not too surprisingly, “Three in Concert”, and with us in the studio are two of those three: Liu Hsin-lin on the daruan and Lin Yu-hsien on the xiao. They play us out with “The Chill of the Sweeping Pines” by Lin Jiliang and Ning Yong.

To see a streaming video, please click here.

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