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藝術總監 Artistic Director 李垂誼 Mr Trey Lee

榮譽贊助人 Hon. Patron

Musicus Society Under Artistic Direction of Trey Lee Commissions Bright Sheng’s Captivating New Work The Blazing Mirage Inspired by China’s Treasured Dunhuang World Premiere concert Friday Oct 26 With talk, open rehearsal, school & university outreach for the community [Hong Kong, 25 October 2012] Founded under the vision of internationally acclaimed Hong Kong cellist Trey Lee to promote Chinese culture and cross cultural collaboration, Musicus Society proudly announces its commission of world renowned composer Bright Sheng’s new work, "The Blazing Mirage," based on one of China’s most important archaeological treasures, Dunhuang, which will be world premiered by Trey Lee and the celebrated Munich Chamber Orchestra on Oct 26, 2012 at the City Hall Concert Hall, as part of the New Vision Arts Festival 2012 presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. “Musicus Society selected Dunhuang as the theme of our first major commission because not only is it an important Chinese historical heritage which we want to honor through music, but also it is a testimony of how Chinese and Central Asian cultures have influenced each other. Dunhuang symbolizes what Musicus Society aims to promote - cross cultural collaboration between people from different ethnic backgrounds,” stated Artistic Director Trey Lee. Musicus Society’s Chairman Mrs Janice Choi commented, “Bright Sheng’s work is often a wonderful combination of influences from the East and West; we are thrilled with his inspiring composition for Musicus. We are also very honored that the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present the world premiere in celebration of the 15 th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR.” Bright Sheng named the new work ‘The Blazing Mirage’, based on a legend of how Dunhuang started: In 366 AD, a Buddhist monk had a vision of a thousand Buddhas glittering in golden lights. That prophecy inspired him to build the first cave with images of his vision on the rocks of Dunhuang, a multi-ethnic city along the Silk Road in the Gobi Desert. Many caves with intriguing murals followed, depicting the myriad customs and traditions of the time. The world premiere concert tickets are currently available at all URBTIX outlets, including Internet booking at In conjunction with the world premiere, Musicus Society will organize and support a series of educational events for the community, including a talk with Trey Lee, Bright Sheng, Munich Chamber Orchestra’s conductor Alexander Liebreich, and Dunhuang Academy’s researcher Ms Lee Mei Yin on Oct 25, an open rehearsal for students on Oct 26, an ensemble teaching program by Munich Chamber Orchestra at the Po Leung Kok Choi Kai Yau School, and a talk and demonstration at the University of Science and Technology between Oct 27 and 28.

董建華 The Hon Tung Chee Hwa, GBM

名譽顧問 Hon. Advisors 鍾逸傑 The Hon Sir David Akers-Jones, KBE, CMG, GBM, JP 陳達文 Dr Darwin Chen, SBS, JP 羅啟妍 Ms Lo Kai Yin, SBS

名譽藝術顧問 Hon. Artistic Advisor 徐霞 Ms Xu Xia

會長 President 李垂音 Ms Chui-Inn Lee

主席 Chairman 蔡關穎琴 Mrs Janice Choi, MH

副主席 Vice Chairman 陳晴 Ms Judy Chen

義務秘書 Hon. Secretary 何文琪 Ms Angela Man-Kay Ho

義務司庫 Hon. Treasurer 羅君美 Ms Elizabeth Law, MH, JP

理事 Council Members 陳慧蕊 Ms Anne Chen 陳嵐 Ms Lilian Chen 紀文鳯 Ms Leonie Ki, SBS,JP 黃慧琪 Ms Vicky Wong 垂誼樂社 香港皇后大道中 228-238 號 聯業大廈 15 樓 1502 室 Musicus Society c/o Unit 1502, 15/F Enterprise Building 228-238 Queen’s Road Central Hong Kong

About Musicus Society ( Musicus Society is a registered charity that aims to promote cross cultural collaboration and Chinese culture internationally. Among the projects Musicus Society supports are: cross cultural collaborations between artists of different ethnic backgrounds, promotion of Chinese culture through commissioning of new music based on topics with traditional or ethnic relevance, and support of music education to help foster future cultural ambassadors of Hong Kong to the world. Since its founding in October 2010, Musicus Society has supported and presented concerts by Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and supported the development of Dream of Red Chamber for Cello and Chinese Orchestra. In addition, the Society has presented a number of educational talks and master classes, and established a scholarship fund at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to support students from low-income families to study composition, Chinese instruments and cello. Artistic Director: Cellist Trey Lee ( Hailed “a Miracle” by GRAMOPHONE, “the Excellent Cellist… with enveloping richness and lyrical sensitivity” by the NEW YORK TIMES, Trey Lee collaborates with esteemed conductors, composers and orchestras worldwide. Maestro Lorin Maazel praised him as “a marvelous protagonist…a superb cellist” after conducting Lee as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. He has appeared across the globe in major venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Kremlin, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Hall, and is often invited as a featured artist at major events around the world, including an invitation by United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon to perform at the United Nations General Assembly Hall. Trey Lee has been featured by the FINANCIAL TIMES, CNN, CCTV, and RTHK’s “Outstanding Young Chinese Musicians”. About the Artists Composer: Bright Sheng ( Internationally renowned composer and conductor, the MacArthur Fellow Bright Sheng is currently the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor at University of Michigan, and Y. K. Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Sheng has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, among others. His works have been widely commissioned and performed by virtually all important musical institutions in North America, Europe and Asia. His music ranges from dramatic to lyrical and is strongly influenced by the folk and classical music tradition from eastern and central Asia. Munich Chamber Orchestra ( Founded in 1950, the Munich Chamber Orchestra is celebrated worldwide for its unique sound and innovative programming. The ensemble has presented over sixty world premieres from composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm and Tan Dun. Each year, the orchestra presents sixty concerts all over the world. The MKO has received numerous honours for its imaginative programming, including two awards from the German Music Publishers’ Association for the best concert programme, and the “Neues Hören” prize for what the jury described as the orchestra’s “inexhaustible wealth of ideas in its exploration of new ways to mediate contemporary music”. Artistic Director & Principal Conductor: Alexander Leibreich ( Alexander Leibriech is hailed by the press as Munich’s most exciting conductor and a pioneer in a new generation of conductors, for whom there is no borderline between large and small symphony orchestras. He has worked with many prestigious orchestras including the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, RSO Stuttgart, Dresden Philharmonic, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. Since 2011, he has been appointed as the first European Artistic Director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea, one of the biggest and most important festivals in Asia. Most recently, Liebreich has been invited to be the Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra while continuing his role as Artistic Director of the Munich Chamber Orchestra.

2012-10-26 MKO Press Release (ENG)  
2012-10-26 MKO Press Release (ENG)