Musicus Fest, Hong Kong Preview

What can bridge the gap between world cultures better than beautiful music?

by 31 October 2014

Founded in 2010, Musicus Society has been promoting Chinese culture through world-class performances in Hong Kong. Past lineups of guest artists and orchestras included The Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and Tapiola Sinfonietta. In 2013, Musicus Society launched Musicus Fest in conjunction with the "Musicus Inspires!" educational programme, which aims to nurture future generations of local artists through performance and training opportunities with internationally renowned artists.

The second annual Musicus Fest from 27 November to 1 December will be inviting 33 distinguished artists from around the world to perform in Hong Kong. The opening concert at Hong Kong City Hall on 27 November, presented by Breguet's “Celebration of Excellence”, will welcome on stage Russian virtuoso violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet and the Grammy Award winning Moscow Soloists, who will be performing with Musicus Society Artistic Director and celebrated cellist Trey Lee – himself an accomplished musician hailed 'a Miracle' by Gramophone.

Forging cultural exchange through world-class music, they will play pieces by Tchaikovsky, Tan Dun, Paganini and Boccherini. To celebrate Yuri Bashmet's 60th birthday, they will also perform a special rearrangement of Tan Dun's “Eternal Viola & Orchestra” which will be his surprise birthday present!

Hong Kong City Hall has been an iconic landmark since the construction of its original building in 1867 and the new City Hall complex in the 1950s. In a metropolis where the times change with double-speed, the City Hall has left an indelible mark in Hong Kong's history by hosting numerous memorable events in the performing arts over the decades, from outstanding musical solos to worldclass performances.

During the Chamber Music Gala on 29 November (City Hall Theater), another seven famous musicians will be travelling to Hong Kong to showcase works by great composers from Beethoven to Shostakovich. Trey Lee will be sharing the stage with Romania's legendary Vladimir Mendelssohn, violinists Suk Kang from Korea and Ning Feng from China, Finnish cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Hong Kong's very own pianists Colleen Lee and Rachel Cheung, as well as Hong Kong Philharmonic principal violist Andrew Ling.

The musical festival will wrap up with a closing concert on 30 November with all the performers, as pipa player Belle Shiu, erhu player Wong Chi Chung and local artists will also join the star-studded lineup at Sha Tin Town Hall.

The festival runs from 27th  November to 1st December 2014.

Bringing beautiful music to a wider audience, Musicus Fest will also be travelling to Shenzhen Concert Hall in the near future.

Tickets are now available on www.urbtix.hk and log on to www.musicusfest.org for more information.