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Promoting Music through Cross-cultural Collaboration

Musicus Society to Launch The Inaugural Musicus Fest A meeting point for artists from HK & across the world to collaboratate

10.03.2013
Musicus Society proudly announces its inaugural Musicus Fest, a first of its kind in Hong Kong that aims to support the growth of local arts scene by assembling distinguished artists from Hong Kong and abroad to educate our local students, bring music to our community and collaborate in concerts. The annual festival will feature about twelve distinguished artists and one of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Tapiola Sinfonietta of Finland, on its first tour to Asia with Hong Kong being the first stop.

Musicus Fest is the creation of its Artistic Director, internationally acclaimed cellist Trey Lee:

"I will never forget my moment of musical awakening onstage as a student at the Blossom Festival with one of the world's great orchestras.  Suddenly, music seemed like a truly viable and fulfilling career option.  With top-notch musicians coming to Hong Kong in a variety of capacities—from giving star-studded concerts to being pedagogues and role models, making music in venues unique to our city—I fervently hope that Musicus Fest can have the same effect on Hong Kong's young people as Blossom did for me!"

The festival will include over 25 community events and concerts throughout the city through its three interrelated parts:  
Musicus Inspires! (Sep – Dec) – with UNICEF Hong Kong as Principal Partner, this educational program strives to provide opportunities for local students of all social backgrounds to learn from great artists. The program includes:

'School Visits' by festival artists and speakers to schools serving low-income areas or under-privileged students.
'Encounters with Renowned Orchestra' where local students will take group lessons, rehearse and perform alongside world-class orchestra members.
'Behind the Scene' arts management training where students will attend workshops run by professional arts administrators and receive practical training.
'Open Rehearsals' and Master Class.
 
Musicus Heritage (Nov 30-Dec 1) – partnering with Po Leung Kuk and Asia Society, this program offers free community concerts at the heritage sites, which provide the story background of the music. A special highlight will feature two young composers Jeff Leung and Kenny Lam, whose works inspired by the history of the locations, will be world premiered by the festival artists.

Musicus Onstage (Dec 2 – 4) – performances by distinguished local and overseas artists in collaboration at Hong Kong City Hall will be featured, including the Breguet's Celebration of Excellence series of orchestral and chamber music concerts, followed by an Encore concert, gathering all festival artists plus young performers participating in Musicus Inspires!.

Musicus Society gratefully acknowledges our sponsors and partners for Musicus Fest – UNICEF Hong Kong, Leisure & Cultural Services Department, the Radio Television Hong Kong, Finnish Consulate-General, Po Leung Kuk, Asia Society, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong Federation of Women, Breguet, CITIC Telecom CPC, Ricoh, Kennis Design and TOM LEE Music, for today's press announcement.

Please refer to attached pages regarding the Presenter, Principal Partner and Sponsors.

Press Enquiry:
Venus Wong Tel:  9225 7116/ 2347 7171 E-Mail: venus@sayitloud.com.hk
Crystal Chan Tel:  9468 6388/ 2347 7877 E-Mail: crystal@sayitloud.com.hk