Last night I attended the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s season opener, a concert consisting of mostly Tan Dun in person and in pieces. The program consisted of two of Tan Dun’s more recent works, Symphonic Poem on Three Notes and Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, and the classic Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in e minor, with 19-year-old Chinese prodigy Zeyu Victor Li on the violin. Tan Dun conducted the entire program.
Whampoa Gardens will be opening a new MTR station as the final stop of the Kwun Tong line. Construction has been happening for the last three years, and is scheduled to finish by 2015, but may be delayed. Although Hung Hom is connected to the subway network by rail, it is not the most convenient station to get to: it is a full thirty-minute walk from Whampoa, and most people prefer to take the bus to the station or to their destination.
The subway construction has affected everyone in the Whampoa area. Shop owners have complained that business is hindered, and the air and noise pollution cannot be helped. They do, however, look forward to the completion of the station, because it could bring more potential customers. Though all types of land transportation are slowed down during construction, the opening of the new stop should free up the roads when it is completed.
Two-Michelin-starred chef Massamiliano Mascia made a guest appearance at Shangri-La Kowloon’s Italian restaurant, Angelini, for a short three days, March 9th to 11th. Known for his preference of simple ingredients to create complex flavours, Chef Mascia made his Hong Kong debut an impressive one. (The review’s a bit long; here’s a quick summary of the meal.)
On Sunday, November 23rd, I had a reservation at T’ang Court, an award-winning restaurant in the famous Langham Hotel of Tsim Sha Tsui. Such a distinguished reputation creates an expectation of quality, so I walked in with pretty high hopes. (If you don’t want to read the whole review, here’s a quick rundown.)