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Let the Music Speak

Hailed as “the city’s most innovative musical experience” by the Financial Times, the Intimacy of Creativity returned to HKUST for its sixth season this spring. IAS was once again proud to host this annual musical event together with the School of Humanities and Social Science.

With Prof Bright Sheng, Y K Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies and IAS Visiting Professor at HKUST, as its Artistic Director, this acclaimed festival explores the creative process as selected composers present and revise their chamber music compositions following in-depth discussions between composers and performers.

Prof Sheng was joined by the entire Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for an unprecedented three-day residency of Open Discussions and a Preview Concert at HKUST, capped off by a World Premiere Concert in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. The new Five Season Retrospective Concert, which included Prof Sheng’s Deep Red, was presented at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre as part of the 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Over 140 composers from 30 countries submitted their orchestral works in response to the call for scores this year, three of which were selected for the unique opportunity to be featured at the special events.

An IAS Visiting Professor since 2010, Prof Sheng has been widely commissioned by virtually all important musical institutions in North America, Europe and Asia, including the White House, the 2008 Beijing International Olympic Games, the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony orchestras.

Prof. Bright Sheng
Y K Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies and IAS Visiting Professor, HKUST
Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition,
University of Michigan
\\  …the city’s most innovative musical experience…  \\

- Financial Times