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Jockey Club Musicus Heritage Stories to Enrich the Community of Hong Kong Heritage Through Classical Music and New Artworks

10.12.2022
(12 October 2022, Hong Kong) Musicus Society is delighted to launch its latest project Jockey Club Musicus Heritage Stories with continued funding support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. The three-year project will kick off this November, with seven concerts and heritage guided tours at Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts and Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre. Special programs corresponding the history of these sites will be performed by Musicus’ Artistic Director cellist Trey Lee, alongside guest international artists and local young talent. In addition to site-specific concert performances, the new series invites music composers and artists from other art forms to create new works, presenting new perspectives on the theme of perseverance. The series also includes heritage guided tours, artist residencies and educational events designed to benefit concert audiences, students and the community at large.

A Reflection on the Perseverance Behind Great Music at Tai Kwun

From 12 to13 November, Trey Lee will bring together an outstanding group of musicians for three concerts of the Jockey Club Musicus Heritage Stories at Tai Kwun. The theme of the series is “Perseverance”, and features music by a number of great composers who each battled hardship during their lives –– Arensky and his addictions to alcohol; Messiaen, who was interned in a prison camp in the Second World War; Schubert and Schumann, who grappled with mental and physical illnesses; and Dohnányi, who went to great lengths to save 13 Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.

Alongside these musical stories from the past, there will be the premiere of Musicus’s Call for Scores winner Eason Chan’s new composition. This new piece of composition will chart the history of Tai Kwun’s prison chapel in various incarnations.

Concert 1 12 Nov 2022 (Sat) 7:30pm  | JC Cube, Tai Kwun
Schubert Rondo in A, D.951 (for four hands)
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, 8th movement,
Louange a l'Immortalite de Jesus, duet for violin & piano
Schumann Märchenbilder, Op.113
Dohnányi Piano Quintet, Op.1
Performers Violin: Francis Chik, Fan Hiu-sing
Viola: Aurélie Entringer, Lee Yat
Cello: Trey Lee
Piano: Colleen Lee, Cheong Hoi-leong
Tickets at $250 are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk).
 Concert 2 13 Nov 2022 (Sun) 2:30pm  | JC Cube, Tai Kwun
Arensky Piano Quintet in D, Op.51
Performers Violin: Francis Chik, Fan Hiu-sing
Viola: Aurélie Entringer
Cello: Trey Lee
Piano: Colleen Lee
Concert 3 13 Nov 2022 (Sun) 4:30pm  | JC Cube, Tai Kwun
Eason Chan Three Incarnations (world première)
Performers Violin: Francis Chik, Fan Hiu-sing
Viola: Aurélie Entringer
Cello: Trey Lee
Sheng: Loo Sze-wang
Piano: Colleen Lee
Register online for FREE tickets at POPTICKET (www.popticket.hk). Guided tour with limited capacity is available on a first-come, first-serviced basis.

From Norway to Tao Fong Shan: A Musical and Visual Journey Through Time

The second concert series on 19 November is inspired by the fascinating history of Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre (Tao Fong Shan), which was founded by Norwegian missionary Karl Ludvig Reichelt (1877–1952) in 1930. Tao Fong Shan is located at Tao Fong Shan, a scenic hill above Sha Tin and is renowned for its blend of traditional Chinese architecture and Christian faith. The series features pieces by the greatest composer of Reichelt’s homeland, Edvard Grieg, whose work Peer Gynt chronicles a journey from the Norwegian mountains to the North African desert. Musicus’ Artistic Director, cellist Trey Lee, and award-winning international musicians from Canada, France and Hong Kong will also perform other works inspired by travel––Dvořák’s journey to America, and Kodály’s expeditions around rural Europe collecting examples of folk music.

The tradition of Cantonese porcelain paintings at Tao Fong Shan also inspires the creation of porcelain artworks made for this concert series by porcelain  artists Tso Chi-hung and Martina Tso. Together with a specially curated porcelain exhibition and a pre-concert guided tour of the heritage complex, this concert series promises a unique heritage experiences for all.

 Concert 1 19 Nov 2022 (Sat) 12:15pm Guided Tour | 1:15pm Concert | $120
Grieg String Quartet No.1 in G minor, 1st & 2nd movements
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No.1, In the Hall of the Mountain King
Performers Violin: Angela Chan, Fan Hiu-sing, Elissa Lee, Blues Zhang
Viola: Aurélie Entringer, Lee Yat
Cello: Trey Lee
 Concert 2 19 Nov 2022 (Sat) 1:30pm Guided Tour | 2:30pm Concert | $120
Grieg  Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Morning Mood
Grieg  String Quartet No.1 in G minor, 3rd & 4th movements
Performers Violin: Angela Chan, Elissa Lee, Blues Zhang
Viola: Aurélie Entringer, Lee Yat
Cello: Trey Lee, Richard Sun
 Concert 3 19 Nov 2022 (Sat) 1:30pm Guided Tour | 2:30pm Concert | $120
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Ase's Death & Anitra's Dance
Mozart Divertimento in B-flat Major, K.137
Performers Violin: Elissa Lee, Fan Hiu-sing Blues Zhang
Viola: Aurélie Entringer, Lee Yat
Cello: Richard Sun
Concert 4 19 Nov 2022 (Sat) 4:00pm Guided Tour | 5:00pm Concert | $250 
Kodály Serenade for 2 violins and viola, Op. 12
Dvořák String Quartet in F Major, Op.96, American Quartet
Performers  Violin: Angela Chan, Fan Hiu-sing, Blues Zhang
Viola: Aurélie Entringer
Cello: Trey Lee 
Tickets are now avaliable at POPTICKET (www.popticket.hk). Each ticket is entitled can enjoy the concert and exhibition, a guided tour (in Cantonese) and free shuttle service.

*Programs are subject to change due to the latest pandemic situation and government health and safety regulations. Please refer to the details on Musicus Society’s website and the latest announcement of the venues.

All the content of works are independently produced by the organiser /creative team, and do not reflect the views or opinions of the Jockey Club Musicus Heritage Alive project nor The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

For media enquiries, please contact Musicus Society:
Alexia Chow, Senior Manager (Marketing)
Tel: (852) 3758 2726 | Email: alexia.chow@musicussociety.org

Josie Lee, Project Manager
Tel: (852) 3793 3356 | Email: josie.lee@musicussociety.org

About Jockey Club Musicus Heritage Stories
Jockey Club Musicus Alive program was funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust since 2019. With renewed funding from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust in 2022, Jockey Club Musicus Heritage Stories is a 3-year program that aims to celebrate Hong Kong history with music. Year-long heritage activities include master classes, school visits, tailored-made performances, and heritage guided tours. In addition to serving as a platform for international artists to nurture local musicians and young talent, the program also creates an enriched and meaningful concert experience for the public at large. The new series also invites artists from other art forms to create new works, bringing in new perspectives on historical sites.

About Tai Kwun (www.taikwun.hk)
Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts — a cultural destination for inspiration, stimulation and enjoyment. Tai Kwun aspires to offer the best heritage and arts experiences, and to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history in the community. Tai Kwun invites all visitors on a journey of discovery that unites multiple genres of arts, heritage, culture and lifestyle in Hong Kong.

Here, visitors will discover the rich heritage of the site through the thematic exhibitions and immersive public programmes that explore Hong Kong’s history and culture, alongside a multitude of vibrant and inclusive contemporary art presentations and performing arts offerings all year round.

About Tao Fong Shan (www.tfscc.org)
Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre was founded 92 years ago, and is located at Tao Fong Shan, a scenic hill above Sha Tin. The Centre has been accorded Grade 2 Historic Building and is renowned for its blend of traditional Chinese architecture and Christian faith.  Today, organisations at Tao Fong Shan provide retreat service, promote Sino-Christian theology and facilitate contemplative spirituality and religious dialogue.  Tao Fong Shan continues to be a meeting place for religions, cultures, traditions, arts and meditation.

About Musicus Society (www.musicussociety.org)
The Musicus Society was founded in 2010 as a registered charity under the vision of renowned cellist Trey Lee, with a mission to promote cross-cultural collaboration of music internationally. Apart from the annual Musicus Fest, which provides a meeting point for artists from across the world, the Musicus Heritage Community Concert Series bring world-class artists to local heritage sites. Moreover, Musicus Inspires! Educational program aims to nurture aspiring young musicians in Hong Kong, as well as to cultivate students from all social backgrounds. Musicus Society is financially supported by the Art Development Matching Grants Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.