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Museum of Art brings visitors the sound of art

     The Hong Kong Museum of Art will have another new initiative for its visitors, to celebrate the new year.     

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will partner the Friends of the Hong Kong Museum of Art to present a concert series entitled "The Sound of Art". Different musicians will be invited to give performances at the Lobby of the Museum of Art from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on the first Sunday of each month from next month (January) to May. Admission of the concert series is free.

     Pianist Nicolette Wong is the programme co-ordinator. Details of the programme schedules are as follows:

Date: January 3
Performing guests: Lee Chui-tan (violin) and Nicolette Wong (piano)
Programme: From West to East: A Brief Encounter
1. Handel Sonata for Violin and Piano No 6 in E major
2. Scarlatti Keyboard Sonata in D minor K.1/L.366
3. Beethoven Rondo a Capriccio in G major, Op.129 'Rage over a lost Penny'
4. Brahms Violin Sonata in D minor, Op.108
5. Ginastera Danzas Argentinas
6. Sarasate Zigeunerwiesen (Gypsy Airs)

Date: February 7
Performing guests: members of RTHK Quartet including Ayako Ichimaru (violin), Le Hoai-nam (violin), Elvis Chan (viola) and Laurent Perrin (cello)
Programme: to be confirmed

Date: March 7
Performing guests: Alan Tsang (baritone) and Nicolette Wong (piano)
Programme: The legacy of Schubert and Schumann: the German Lieder
Date: April 4
Performing guests: Timothy Sun (saxophone) and Jacqueline Leung (piano)
Programme: An afternoon with Piazzolla: flavours of Argentina

Date: May 2
Performing guests: Gallant Ho (violin), William Lane (viola), Anna Kwan (cello) and Sheryl Lee (piano)
Programme: Rediscovering the Piano Quartet: from Brahms to Samson Young

     Lee Chui-tan and Nicolette Wong will be the prelude to the concert series. Lee Chui-tan has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in both modern and baroque violin in North America, Europe, and Asia.  She won the first prizes at the "Five Mile River" competition and the Manhattan School Competition, and second prize at the Juilliard School Competition. Lee is a founding member of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.

     Having left Hong Kong to continue her studies abroad at the age of 13, Nicolette Wong returned to Hong Kong after graduating from the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music.  Her former teachers include Ramona Kan, Katherine Lu, Hugh Petter, and Sulamita Aronovsky.  Wong has given many solo recitals in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, of which the most recent was part of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's 'Our Music Talents' series.  An avid writer, Wong's articles have been published in RTHK's Finemusic magazine, and she also helped edit the paper Comparing Funding Models: Conversations at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, February 2008, published in 2009.

     The Museum of Art is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It opens from 10am to 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday and Fridays, and from 10am to 8pm on Saturdays. The museum will close at 5pm on Chinese New Year's Eve. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of Chinese New Year.

     For enquiries, call 2721 0116 or visit the Museum of Art's website .

Ends/Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Pianist Nicolette Wong.


Violinist Lee Chui-tan.



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