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The Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival October 30 to November 3 2012

From a media release:

October Festive: Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival Showcase of HK's finest musicians and music creation in Manhattan
Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival
October 30 - November 3, 2012
Many concerts are free of charge

- As music blossoms, a legacy begins.

The Manhattan Hong Kong Music Festival, co-presented by Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) and Manhattan School of Music (MSM), will be held in Manhattan, New York from 30 October to 3 November 2012.

The Festival is the first of its kind from ADC to bring forth the finest musicians and music creation to one of the world’s leading music centers – New York. A series of music concerts and activities will be staged by musicians from both Hong Kong and Manhattan during the Festival. The ADC initiates this project with a mission not only to reflect the diversity and vitality of musical Hong Kong, but also to create and facilitate cultural exchanges between the two metropolitan cities.

Professor Johnny M Poon, Artistic Director of the Festival, has put together six very special concerts in various locations in Manhattan, including the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and various concert venues at Manhattan School of Music. Participating artists and composers from Hong Kong include Richard Bamping, Victor Chan, Chan Wing-wah, Pius Cheung, Barbara Fei, Yuki Ip, Fung Lam, Warren Lee, Li Chuan-yun, Andrew Ling, Nancy Loo, Richard Tsang, Mary Wu, Nina Yip and Samson Young.

Violinist Li Chuan Yun

Highlights of the programme include Cutting Edge in Hong Kong to feature the works by Hong Kong composers of different generations, and Chinoiserie Moderne: Beyond Exoticism to present the works of five outstanding American-Chinese composers, where renowned soprano Ms Barbara Fei will make a special appearance.

Check out the full programme at the link

To enrich the programme, a video installation/sound performance will be staged by multi-media artist cum composer Samson Young at the Lincoln Center. Fringe activities including a master class, meet-the-artist session and composition forum which will also be held to foster exchange and communication between the artists of Hong Kong and Manhattan.

Sincere gratitude goes to the Festival’s major sponsor the Home Affairs Bureau,and to the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York and Asian Cultural Council for their support. Also, special thanks go to The Pawn for being a venue sponsor of the press conference.

To share the joy of the Festival with people in Hong Kong who might not be able to be present at the Festival, all concerts together with artist interviews will be broadcast by Radio 4 in four consecutive weeks in November. Details will be announced at the ADC's website

Pianist Nancy Loo with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra


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