Introduction

Professional Training Tour will open the mind of our educators and expose them to the Austrian education model in which the art is taught as a part of everyday life. After the tour, participants will be able to bring the Austrian model to Hong Kong and synthesise it with local educational needs.

By influencing the future generations with their passion, our participants are expected to take an active role in giving Hong Kong an artistic glamour and making it a place where everyone treasures the value of art and recognises its profound effect on life.

Date

31 Jul, 2016 (Sun) -13 Aug, 2016 (Sat)

Venue

Pielachtal — Sekirn — Vienna

Programme

– Intensive training programme led by Gerald Wirth, Artistic Director of Vienna Boys Choir (VBC)

  • Strategies to achieve sustainable voice development with a choir or music group
  • Training on effective choir conducting and teaching technique
  • Training on sight-reading, resonance and sound awareness
  • Post-training concert to present repertoire participants have worked on all week

– Exclusive visit to VBC Training Camp in Sekirn

  • Observing rehearsals
  • Participating in VBC’s vocal training
  • Round-table discussion with VBC pedagogues

– Sight-seeing and visits to music, art and cultural spots in Vienna

The Artists
  • Gerald Wirth
    Gerald Wirth
    Artistic Director, Vienna Boys Choir
Gerald Wirth
Artistic Director, Vienna Boys Choir

Gerald Wirth received his first musical training as a member of the Vienna Boys Choir at the Anton Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz, Austria, where he studied voice, oboe and piano. As a teenager, Wirth already conducted a children choir and was the founder of a Youth Choir and a trio sonata ensemble. He was involved in countless premier performances of new works by a wide variety of contemporary European composers. He was one of the youngest ever choir directors of the Vienna Boys Choir and Chorus Director at the Salzburg Opera company “Landestheather”. In 1991, Wirth moved to Calgary Canada to take on the position as the Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys Choir Organisation. He also founded and directed a professional vocal ensemble, “Sangita”. He was the Music Director of the Calgary Civic Symphony as well as the Associate Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted choirs and orchestras all over the world, and sings and plays himself in a number of ensembles. Wirth is regularly invited throughout the globe as a clinician to conduct workshops about music pedagogy and all aspects of choral music. He plays and sings himself in many different ensembles and he can practically get anyone and anything to sing.

In 2001, Wirth became the artistic director of the Vienna Boys Choir. While he is keenly aware of the choir’s rich tradition, he also explores new ways to create and make music. He has instigated a number of projects involving world music, a cappella pop and film music. Wirth’s first love is the voice; as is evident from his own compositions: his works include three children’s operas, several oratorios, theatre projects, music especially written for festivals and countless arrangements for choirs. He finds much of his inspiration in myths and philosophical texts. His works are commissioned and performed internationally. Wirth is convinced that intensive engagement in music has a positive impact on every realm of the personality, and motivates his students to utilise their potential. Together with his close friends, Wirth founded the Organization “Superar”, an European movement supporting the integration of underprivileged children and people in difficult social situation through high quality music education. Over the years, he has developed a unique method to teach people of all age groups to express themselves in music by training their voice, sense of rhythm, hearing and sight-reading skills.

Quote “A choir consists of many individuals whose aim it is to act as a single entity. A concert is only really powerful and exciting when each individual is able to convey his own personality. But if that happens, it’s magic.”

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洪思行 藝文評論 | 2017年9月13日 - 信報

「從多位鋼琴家的演奏交流中,可看出音樂的世界真是很大,總是「人外有人」,因此音樂家一定要持有力求上進的態度,不能自滿於現在的水平,甘當一隻井底之蛙。」

維港音樂節一定會繼續努力為香港及維也納的樂迷帶來更多優質的節目,記得密切留意我們的官網及FB啦!

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Join us in bringing a brighter future for the city's music and cultural development.

Hong Kong - Vienna Music Festival 2017 came to the end with "Ultimate Viennese Concert". We hereby thank all the honorable guests that had attended this remarkable music concert, which includes the festival sponsors and all participants. Without your support, we will never make it. To support us, please visit our official website: www.vbcmaf.org/zh-hant/node/41

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與我們携手為本港的音樂、以至是文化發展,締造更好的未來。

「極致維也納音樂會」為維港音樂節2017畫上句號在此特別感謝參與這場非凡音樂會的嘉賓們,包括所有贊助機構和參加者們。有你們的支持,我們才可以走更遠! 立即瀏覽我們的官方網頁支持我們啦! www.vbcmaf.org/zh-hant/node/41
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「藝」猶未盡!

餘音繞樑,三日不絕!「極致維也納音樂會」的精彩演出仍歷歷在目。想從不同角度來回顧這場獨一無二的演出的嗎?那就透過藝壇快訊-散場之後,一同品嚐維也納音樂之「香」吧!

9月5日 散場之後:維港音樂節:極致維也納音樂會
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播出時間:逢星期一至六下午6時晚間新聞後 搜羅本地及海外最快、最新的藝術資訊;無論是演出介紹、演後評論、一週重點節目、突發藝壇消息或城中...

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What an unforgettable night with fantastic performance!

“The Ultimate Viennese Concert” brought music lovers of Hong Kong together through wonderful works of Austria's favourite composers.

The concert would not have reached its success without the outstanding contributions of musicians, sponsors and supporters.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined and supported us!

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難以忘懷的夜晚、絕對經典的呈獻

「極致維也納音樂會」將喜愛音樂的每個人匯聚在香港大會堂音樂廳裡,透過多首奧地利作曲家的經典之作,感受獨一無二的維也納文化。

音樂會之所以圓滿,在於音樂家們的完美呈獻、贊助機構的鼎力支持和所有人的參與。有了大家,才能譜出非凡的音樂饗宴。

再次感謝大家的支持和參與!
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