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Performance

Enlightening [FULL]
A choral programme inspired by the exhibition Alberto Reguera: Homage to Aert van der Neer

Date:  28 Apr 2023 - 28 Apr 2023

Date | Time | Registration

28 April 2023 (Fri) | 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. | 6:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

 

Venue: Drake Gallery, 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

 

Performers

HKU Chamber Singers with

Soprano: Kenix Tsang, Jenna Wong

Baritone: King Wong

Erhu: Esther Yu

Collaborative Piano: Alexander Wong,

Conductor: Caleb Woo

 

Free admission, all are welcome.

Please click here to register. [FULL]

 


Abstract

The HKU Chamber Singers and the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG), The University of Hong Kong, are proud to present Enlightening, a choral programme inspired by the exhibition Alberto Reguera: Homage to Aert van der Neer. The ensemble is delighted to have the opportunity to premiere Professor Hing-yan Chan’s composition for erhu, SATB choir and soli—a work that masterfully explores the theme of parting, which, over the last few years, has become a recurring aspect of our daily lives.

 

UMAG’s current exhibition by Alberto Reguera pays tribute to the Dutch Golden Age painter Aert van der Neer, with a particular emphasis on his study of light across the sky at different times of the day. These themes resonate most deeply in the repertoire section of the concert. The various forms of light seeping through inspire us to think more deeply about our relationships, daily encounters and the passing of time.

 

Jackson Berkey’s Arma Lucis reminds us to ‘cast away the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light’, while Professor Chan’s The Spring Farewell explores the struggles we all face when saying goodbye. The HKU Chamber Singers will also perform Thomas LaVoy’s Songs of the Questioner, which speaks to the honesty and reality of seeking truth, inspiring us to seek higher wisdom. Finally, the performance will close on a reflective note, with a beautiful arrangement of the folk song Long, Long Ago by Dan Forrest.

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