Lingnan hosts Asian Premiere musical performance
Concerts@Lingnan hosted recently the first performance in Asia of Ceremony of the Bull (1998), a contemporary musical piece for string quartet and chamber choir written by American composer Mary Jane Leach.
The performance was given on 28 March by two groups familiar to Lingnan: the RTHK String Quartet and the Hong Kong Bach Chamber Choir. This concert was the first time that the two groups have performed together, anywhere. In fact, the combination of string quartet and chamber choir is relatively rare in western classical music; very little music has been written for this blend. The concert introduced the audience to this unusual musical form through Leach’s contemporary piece and works by Mozart and Beethoven.
The concert was one of four in a new series launched at this year’s Lingnan Arts Festival, called Music Tuesdays. During the Festival, each Tuesday featured a different type of music. Aside from chamber choir and strings, Music Tuesdays also showcased jazz, guitar, and Chinese sheng.
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