Community Concert - Magic of Music


 Magic of Music Community Concert

 

29 July 2017 (Sat), 19:30

Academic Community Hall, Hong Kong Baptist University

Over the years‭, ‬music programmes offered by Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy have given hundreds of students access to quality music education and have ignited a passion for the arts in many‭. ‬The Community Concert showcases the fruits of our previous efforts‭‬, extending an enthusiasm from the “Hong Kong-Vienna Music Festival 2016”. ‬

Highlights
  • Performance by students of the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy
  • Performance by participants of Summer Music Academy 2017
  • Performance by Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue
  • Performance by Hope Through Music Children’s Choir
  • Performance by Hong Kong Children’s Symphonic Choir
  • Sing Together conducted by Andy Icochea
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[維港音樂節 101]

上次提到暑期音樂學院嘅參加者將於今年維港音樂節嘅社區音樂會裡面演岀,咁今日就介紹吓社區音樂會啦!

早喺2016年,維港音樂節就係喺香港大會堂音樂廳以一個社區音樂會嚟開幕架啦!社區音樂會一直邀請不同年齡、背景嘅表演者參與演岀,亦感謝中原慈善基金支持,過往兩年免費讓有經濟困難嘅觀眾嚟到一齊享受音樂嘅樂趣。音樂會至今觀眾及表演者超過3000人次。

講起社區音樂會,不得不提就係音樂會嘅重頭戲-全場大合唱!大合唱由指揮Andy Icochea Icochea帶領,教全場觀眾唔同嘅歌曲再配合節奏,台上台下一齊大合唱,每年都係大家最回味嘅環節嚟架!

今年社區音樂會嘅主題係音樂花園,唔知又會有點樣嘅曲目呢?期待見到大家一齊嚟享受無界限嘅音樂體驗!

[Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival 101]

As you already know, SMA participants will be performing in the Community Concert of the Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival 2018, so let us tell you more about it!

Back in 2016, the Hong Kong - Music Festival was opened with a community concert featuring performers from different backgrounds and ages. Thanks to the generous support of Centaline Charity Fund, the concert was made available to audiences with financial difficulties. Until today we have had more than 3000 spectators and performers join us in the annual spectacle.

Led by Maestro Andy Icochea Icochea, “Singing Together” is the Highlight of the Community Concert! The audience and performers joining together to sing is one of the most special and memorable moments of the Community Concert.

We cannot wait to enjoy this musical experience with no boundaries and look forward to finding out what programmes will be performed in this year’s concert under the theme of “Musical Garden”.

維港音樂節2018活動報名及購票
Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival 2018 Programmes Enrolment and Ticketing:
www.festival.vbcmaf.org/index.php/events/
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[維港音樂節 101]

決定好仔女嘅暑期活動未呢?我哋有好推介喎!

暑期音樂學院係維港音樂節每年最受歡迎嘅皇牌節目,今年將會喺7月23至27日舉行。 暑期音樂學院由維也納兒童合唱團藝術總監Gerald Wirth設計課程,指揮Icochea Icochea擔任首席導師,帶領國際導師團隊為8至17歲學生帶嚟一連5日嘅獨特合唱體驗。

承蒙JK & Ingrid Lee Foundation支持,暑期音樂學院可以為有經濟困難學生提供全額或半額學費資助。

暑期音樂學院嘅學生更會喺7月29日嘅維港音樂節社區音樂會演岀,與觀眾同其他表演單位一齊分享音樂嘅樂趣!

[Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival 101]

Searching for summer activities for you children? We have a perfect recommendation for you!

The Summer Music Academy (SMA) has always been the most popular programme of the Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival. This year the SMA is gonna be held on 23-27 July. With the programme designed by the Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys Choir and taught by an international team of choral conductors led by Maestro Andy Icochea Icochea, SMA offers a 5-day unique choral experience to students aged 8-17.

With the generous support of the JK & Ingrid Lee Foundation, we’re pleased to offer subsidy to students with financial needs.

Students of the SMA will also perform in the Community Concert of the Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival, a concert that invites our local community to experience a fun night of music enjoyment.

報名及詳情 Enrolment and more details:
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[維港音樂節 101]
第一個要介紹嘅節目「維也納交流團系列」帶你岀發到維也納,以第一身嘅經歷了解呢個音樂之都! 交流團分兩種,分別係「師資培訓交流團」同「維也納音樂學習之旅」。

2016年「師資培訓交流團」帶領香港嘅音樂教育工作者同音樂系學生去到維也納接受教學訓練、實踐,並同當地嘅指揮同學生交流。兩地嘅音樂教育工作者可以互相交流心得從而令到兩地嘅學生都有好大得著。

今年度新推岀嘅「維也納音樂學習之旅」,讓任何音樂背景嘅人都有機會去到維也納體會音樂嘅魔力。 感受音樂之都嘅藝術氣息之餘仲可以同嚟自世界各地嘅朋友一齊參加由維也納兒童合唱團音樂總監所指導嘅5日音樂營,透過唔受年齡背景限制嘅世界音樂體驗感受音樂嘅力量。
安排緊暑期活動、想去個旅行又想學到野嘅話,呢個團就最適合你啦!

[Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival 101]
We proudly introduce to you the “Vienna Tour Series”! The best way to gain first-hand experience of the capital of music:

In 2016 the "Professional Training Tour" brought music educators and music students to Vienna for a unique opportunity to learn about music education best practices and exchange experiences with local conductors and students. Participants returned with excellent feedback about the benefits that this exchange brought about for music education in both cities!

This year, we are proud to present the “Vienna Music Learning Tour”, where regardless of your musical background, you will get the chance to experience the magical power of music. Not only will participants have the opportunity to visit Vienna. They will also spend time in the beautiful Austrian countryside of Pielachtal where they will participate in a 5-day musical training programme conducted by the Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys Choir filled with cultural exchange activities together with students from all parts of the world.
Are you looking for ideas for this summer? Here is a chance for you with travel and learn at the same time!

「師資培訓交流團」精彩回顧 Recap of "Professional Training Tour":
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[維港音樂節 101]

維港音樂節專注於提高藝術水平同音樂普及教育雙方面,音樂節期間透過各種各類嘅活動滿足各背景、階層參加者嘅需要。 無論你係好有經驗嘅古典音樂愛好者、自問好有天份又想有更多演岀機會嘅年青音樂人、心思思想了解吓古典音樂世界嘅成年朋友、定係對音樂教育好有興趣嘅家長小朋友,喺音樂節裹面都總會搵到適合你嘅活動參與!

係咪好心急想了解多啲我哋嘅節目呢,下個星期開始就同你一一介紹!

[Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival 101]

The Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival offers a wide variety of programmes with focus on both artistic and educational sectors. There’s suitable programmes for everyone no matter you’re a well experienced classical music lover, talented musician who’s looking for more opportunities, adults that would like to know more of classical music or families that are interested in music education.

Can’t wait to know more about the festival programmes? We’ll tell you more on individual Festival programmes staring from next week!

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[維港音樂節 101]

維港音樂節嘅「維港」原來唔止係我哋日日見到嘅景色咁簡單,而係包含住維也納同香港兩個城市嘅意思架!

維港音樂節每屆都聚集起嚟自香港同維也納兩地嘅音樂家分別喺兩個城市進行音樂文化交流活動,為兩地參加者帶嚟傳統音樂之都與現代國際大都會所擦岀嘅新火花。

嚟緊我哋將會一連幾星期同大家介紹維港音樂節嘅各種精彩節目,仲會有維港音樂節2018嘅消息公佈添呀!記得follow我哋啦!

[Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival 101]

The Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival brings together each year musicians from highly cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong and Vienna the music capital of the world.

In the coming weeks, we are going to introduce fun facts of the Festival and most updated news of 2018! Stay tuned to us!

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THE ARTISTS

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  • Andy Icochea Icochea
    Andy Icochea Icochea
    Lead Teacher
Andy Icochea Icochea
Lead Teacher

Andy Icochea Icochea is a multi-faceted musician who regularly appears as an orchestral and opera conductor, choral conductor and accompanist, and whose compositions and arrangements are performed internationally. He has appeared in over 500 concerts in 29 countries and four continents, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich and Berliner Konzerthaus. As a guest conductor, he has led the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Ciudad de México, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Perú and the Brookline Symphony, among others.

Icochea Icochea has collaborated as choral conductor and rehearsal accompanist with Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Adam Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Bertrand de Billy and Bernard Haitink. His choruses have performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. He has conducted world premieres of operas in Austria, Italy and the United States. Additionally, he has served as choral clinician and conductor for the World Peace Choir (Vienna and Beijing) and guest clinician for Boston Symphony Orchestra education programs.

He currently serves as Music Director of Superar, a non-profit organization that provides high quality music instruction free of charge to 2000 children in six countries in central and Eastern Europe. Previously, he has served as Kapellmeister of the Vienna Boys Choir and Artistic Director of Voices Boston and Harvard Pro Musica.

Photo by Lukas Beck

  • Birgit Reithofer
    Birgit Reithofer
    Programme Coordinator
Birgit Reithofer
Programme Coordinator

Grew up in Austria, Birgit Reithofer is a musician and music pedagogue with extensive musical and educational experience.

Reithofer began her tertiary education at the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University where she studied the flute (Music education – voice and instruments) with Professor MeinhardNiedermayr (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). Apart from the flute, she also focused her studies on early childhood music pedagogy. In 2007, she graduated from the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University with Distinction, major in Elementary Music Education. She received the academic degree Master of Arts from Anton Bruckner University for Music, Drama and Dance in 2014 after having successfully completed the university course “Communicating and Contextualizing Music for Different Audiences”.

Her expertise in the field is demonstrated by the fact that she became a music pedagogue at the Chorus School for the Vienna Boys Choir and the Music Workshop (Spielwerkstatt Musik) before graduation. Right after she graduated from the Konservatorium Wien – City of Vienna University, she joined the Vienna Boys Choir Music Kindergarten, where she works as Music Pedagogue.

Apart from working closely with young children at the Vienna Boys Choir Music Kindergarten, Reithofer also worked in various music education and music mediation projects and concerts for different audiences (planning and implementation – on and behind the stage), including programmes at the MuTh, the official concert hall of the Vienna Boys Choir and the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz – Museum of Modern Art. She also led Music Exploration Camps in Hong Kong in 2010, 2011 and 2015 respectively, which were greatly complimented by parents and children.

  • Agnes Quilicot
    Agnes Quilicot
    Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue
Agnes Quilicot
Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue

Agnes Quilicot is an all-round musician. She is a vocalist, a conductor, an instrumentalist and a composer.

Quilicot obtained her degree in Choral Conducting with concentration on voice from the University of the Philippines – College of Music (U.P.C.Mu), followed with Liturgical Music Composition Studies at the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy, She also holds a degree of Psychology and Theatre Arts.

Quilicot has trained the three-time World Grand Prix Champion Choir, the Philippine Madrigal Singers under the direction of the late Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion and Mark Carpio. She has also performed as an opera singer in various opera productions in the Philippines, Hong Kong and China.

Quilicot is experienced in both elementary music education and choral conducting. Under her baton, the choirs have won numerous awards including the “Champion in Kindergarten Music Activities” at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and international competitions by the International Vocal Union, the Asian Choir Association, the China Music Association (Hong Kong), the Choir Union of Guangdong Musician Union and the International Federation of Choral Music. Moreover, she is always invited for performances of rate Consulate and has been the conductor of the Cathay Pacific Choir for 2 seasons, She was recently featured at the Third Asian International Choir Festival where she conducted a choir with the Italian conductor and choral music expert, Dr. Andrea Angelini.

Quilicot became a Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue in 2015 after her intensive music training in the Vienna Boys Choir.

  • Eunice Suen
    Eunice Suen
    Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue
Eunice Suen
Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue

Eunice Suen attended the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (Trinity College of Music), where she obtained her Master of Arts in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Prior to her master studies, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Opera and Vocal Studies in the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. There she was awarded a scholarship to take up music training in Berlin, Germany.

As a Certified Music Pedagogue in the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy, Suen teaches choirs and classes on a daily basis. She also works as a professional music teacher of the voice, piano, music theory and aural training, not only in Hong Kong but also in London and Vienna. Her students encompass different levels from elementary to advance, covering a wide range of ages. Her reputation as an experienced teacher and performer is recognized when various music competitions invited her to be a member of the jury.

As a talented performer, Suen is competent in performing an extensive range of musical work. Her operatic repertoire includes Carmen, Così fan tutte, King Arthur, L’incoronazione di Poppea andA Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. She has also been engaged in opera scenes from Aïda, Le nozze diFigaro, Idomeneo, Giulio Cesare, Eugene Onegin and a number of productions by Opera Hong Kong. In 2009, Suen performed The Magic Flute with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing National Grand Theatre. Besides theatrical works, she also gives regular departmental solo, ensemble and choir concerts. She was also an active member of the Philharmonia Chorus (London). Numerous performance opportunities led her to many world-renowned halls including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall (London), Chapel of King’s College (Cambridge), Palau de la Música (Spain) and so on.

In 2009 and 2012, Suen was invited by the Hong Kong Church Music Association to record church music for a series of CDs that were published and online sound tracks made available to public.

  • Joyce Sze Wing LAU
    Joyce Sze Wing LAU
    Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue
Joyce Sze Wing LAU
Vienna Boys Choir Certified Music Pedagogue

Joyce Lau is a music educator and organist who also specialises in voice, piano performance and ethnomusicology.

Lau obtained her Master of Philosophy in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music and Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During her study, she was placed on the Faculty Dean’s List and obtained scholastic awards from German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) and Peter Curzon Oram Charitable Trust. Lau also holds the Licentiate Diploma in Organ Recital (Distinction) from Trinity College London.

Lau has presented research papers on Jewish music in international conferences and translated academic articles for publication. She has also worked in various music projects with local and overseas institutes, to study, document and promote historical musical instruments.

Lau is a music pedagogue with more than ten years of teaching experience. She has taught students of a wide age range at recognised music academies, children’s choirs and music theatres, in addition to international schools and local schools. Her excellence in education has led her to teaching engagements at local universities and overseas seminary, including early childhood music education. Lau’s teaching style is rigorous but inspiring, authentic but fun. Under her tutelage, Lau’s choirs, vocal students and piano students all enjoy music and have won awards from the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival as well as other inter-school music events.

In addition to teaching, Lau is also a choral conductor and piano accompanist. She often arranges music for her choirs and music ensembles. She plays the piano not only for choirs, classical singers and instrumentalists but also in occasions such as weddings and Jewish Purim Schpiel.

Lau is now working as a church organist and has performed on the Rieger organ at Hong Kong Cultural Centre. She is a Certified Vienna Boys Choir Pedagogue at the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy since 2016.

  • Vienna Boys Choir Academy Concert Choir
    Vienna Boys Choir Academy Concert Choir
Vienna Boys Choir Academy Concert Choir

Vienna Boys Choir Academy Concert Choir

Artistic Director: Gerald Wirth

Conductor: Agnes Quilicot

The Academy Concert Choir is the official choir of the Vienna Boys Choir Music Academy (VBCMA) in Hong Kong, which is under the same artistic direction and training of the Vienna Boys Choir.

The Choir represents VBCMA at Austria’s official occasions and performs intensively in concerts and community projects. Recent performances include the “Opening Concert of the Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival 2016” (Jul 2016), “Mahler’s Symphony No. 8” (Aug 2016), “Austrian National Day Reception” (Oct 2016), “Hope for Wildlife Gala Dinner” for Dr Jane Goodall (Nov 2016), “Austrian Christmas Reception” (Dec 2016), “A Night of Classics Concert“ (Jan 2017), “Hope Through Music Charity Concert” (Mar 2017) and the “Concert in honour of St. Josef Freinademetz” (May 2017).

Coming performances include the “Celebration of Hong Kong SAR’s 20th Anniversary” in Beijing and the “Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival 2017” this summer.