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Promoting Music through Cross-cultural Collaboration

MUSICUS FEST makes its debut in Finland

03.13.2017

Renowned Cellist Trey Lee leads Hong Kong music talents to share the stage with the leading Tapiola Sinfonietta in Finland

(Hong Kong, 13th March 2017) Under the artistic leadership of the renowned cellist Trey Lee, Hong Kong’s Musicus Fest makes its debut performances in Finland. Two special concerts featuring Hong Kong’s homegrown music talents and members from the famous Tapiola Sinfonietta will be held on 6th and 7th April in the first ever Musicus Fest in Finland. Performances of traditional and contemporary music from the East and West foster Musicus’ mission on promotion of cross-cultural collaborations between local and overseas artists.

Musicians bringing Hong Kong’s culture abroad

In the first concert on 6th April, four young musicians from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ bring a taste of Chinese music to the concert hall in Kauniainen. Famous traditional Chinese tunes including Moonlight on the Spring River, Dragon Boat and Beaming with Joy will be performed by Chan Wan-in (Pipa), Eva Wong Hiu-ching (Huqin), Yue Kin-long (Sheng) and Zeng Baoxin (Dizi). Pairing the Chinese music is two compositions by Hong Kong young composers Jeff Leung and Denise Hofmann, to be performed by the Tapiola Sinfonietta Quartet. Drawing inspiration from Hong Kong’s heritage sites, Jeff Leung’s 66 Leighton Road (a 2013  Musicus Heritage commission) was inspired by the headquarters of a local charity organization located at that address, while Denise Hofmann’s Lotus Rain (a 2016 Musicus Heritage commission premiered at Nan Lian Garden) portraits the co-existence of tranquility and urban hustle.

Programs of the second concert on 7th April also bring strong Chinese flavor to the stage in Espoo. Inspired by the phenomenon of the Dunhuang Caves, The Blazing Mirage for Violoncello and Strings (commissioned by Musicus Society in 2012) by Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng enjoys its premiere in Finland featuring Trey Lee as soloist. Two outstanding Hong Kong pianists Colleen Lee & Rachel Cheung join the Tapiola Sinfonietta in Poulenc’s lively, multi-faceted Concerto for Two Pianos, while Dvořák’s masterly seventh symphony draws the concert to a close.

2017 Musicus Fest in Finland is an accredited event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
2017 Musicus Fest in Finland concert details         
Date / Time:  6th April 2017 (Thursday), 7pm
Venue: Nya Paviljongen Concert Hall, Kauniaisissa, Finland
Website: http://tapiolasinfonietta.fi/en/concerts/musicus-fest-kauniaisissa/
   
Date / Time: 7th April 2017 (Friday), 7pm
Venue: Tapiola Hall, Espoo, Finland
Website: http://tapiolasinfonietta.fi/en/concerts/musicus-fest-in-espoo/

About Musicus Society (www.MusicusSociety.org)

Musicus Society is a registered charity, found in 2010 under the vision of cellist Trey Lee, which aims to promote music and its education through cross-cultural collaboration. Apart from presenting enthralling performances in its Musicus Fest with renowned artists from Hong Kong and abroad, the Society’s unique Musicus Heritage Community Concert Series takes artists into our community – at various locales – while putting the music in context with the cultural significance of its surroundings. Moreover, the launch of Musicus Inspires! Has brought to Hong Kong’s young musicians what their counterparts elsewhere have long enjoyed: a chance to elevate themselves to a higher level of artistic excellence through meaningful interaction with distinguished artists from different parts of the world.

Musicus Society is financially supported by the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
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