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Swire Properties Kicks Off Its Arts Month with Notating Beauty That Moves – Music at an Exhibition

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Presented by Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and sponsored by Swire Properties’ ArtisTree, Notating Beauty That Moves – Music at an Exhibition will mark the start of Swire Properties’ Arts Month. Taking place at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place, the music-themed exhibition invites audiences to explore the relationship between musicians’ physical movements and the notes on a score, through different art forms.

Running from 3 to 29 MarchNotating Beauty That Moves – Music at an Exhibition is co-curated by artist and composer Samson Young – who represented Hong Kong at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and Yang Yeung – Founding Member and Artistic Director of soundpocket, a renowned artistic group in Hong Kong that promotes music and sound as art forms. This month-long exhibition will showcase 36 pieces of artwork ranging from musical scores, works-on-paper and drawings, to moving images, texts, photography and paintings. The collection has been sourced from around the world, and highlights include works by avant-garde composers Cathy Berberian, John Cage, Mark Applebaum, Morgan O’Hara and Samson Young.

Complementing the exhibition are eight music programmes featuring 13 concerts, which include four new works commissioned by Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Feature groups include Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the acclaimed Australian group Ensemble Offspring; as well as artists such as renowned British mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg and pianist Colleen Lee.

Notating Beauty That Moves – Music at an Exhibitionis open at ArtisTree in Taikoo Place from 3 to 29 March 2018, Image courtesy of Swire Properties


  • Aphasia (2011):

o    A nine-minute video documenting one of Mark Applebaum’s performances;

o    In Gesturing Motion (10 and 11 March)special guests Chou Shu-yi – the Taiwanese dance artist and Karen Yu – on percussion, will reinterpret this work;

  • Aria (1958)

o    A printed score by John Cage that denotes different singing styles through colourful wavy lines;

  • Stripsody (1966)

o    One of the most famous graphical scores by avant-garde composer Cathy Berberian that visualises music in a non-traditional way;

o    In Vocalizing Motion (17 and 18 March), the renowned British mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg will  perform both John Cage’s Aria (Hong Kong composer Alain Chiu’s version) and Cathy Berberian’s Stripsody;

Samson Young, co-curator, with his work from hisLandschaft series, Image courtesy of Swire Properties

  • The Sonatas and Interludes

o    A printed score and one of John Cage’s piano masterpieces;

o    In Song and Dance II (29 March), Colleen Lee – the renowned pianist and Hong Kong Sinfonietta Artist Associate (2010/2011) will be performing this work on a prepared piano;

  • Live Transmission

o    French composer Pierre Boulez’s hand movements while conducting Stravinsky’s Petrushka (1911 version) together with the London Symphony Orchestra;

o    Boulez’s 75th birthday – a graphite on Bristol paper by American artist Morgan O’Hara;

  • Landschaft

o    Three dynamic drawings that are transcriptions of environmental soundscapes, by co-curator Samson Young;

  • Moon Spell in Summer

o    A series of drawings by Thai artist Thitiphorn Kotham on 100 sheets of music hand written by her father, a cruise ship band leader who died when the artist was three years old;

  • Drift

o    A five-minute video with sounds created by Japanese dance and visual artist Hiromi Miyakita, articulating the concept of “dance through stillness”.

Samson Young, co-curator of Notating Beauty That Moves – Music at an Exhibition, at the Open Table displaying a variety of scores, Image courtesy of Swire Properties


  Title Date Time  
1. Connecting the Dots*

World Premiere:  Erik Griswold’s Action Music II (2017) and

Seth Cluett’s Interference is Partial

Asian Premiere: Marcus Whale’s Slatted Light (2010)

3 March SAT 6pm  
2. Tesserae by Ensemble Offspring*

World Premiere: Charles Kwong’s Of No Shore

4 March SUN 3pm
3. Good Music This Lunch @ ArtisTree series


6 March

14 March

22 March




4. Gesturing Motion*

World Premiere: Lee Yi-Wei Angus’ IMA [Modus Operandi II]

10 March

11 March





5. Vocalizing Motion*

World Premiere: Alain Chiu’s version of Aria (1958), with Fontana Mix

17 March

18 March





6. UpClose Encounters with Hong Kong Sinfonietta:

–              The Strings Aligned

–              The Wind Rises


24 March

25 March







7. Song and Dance I 28 March WED 7:30pm
8. Song and Dance II* 29 March THU 7:30pm


*With an introduction by co-curator Samson Young

– All programmes are approximately one-hour long

– Admission age: 6 or above
– Limited seats; first-come, first served


Date:                     3 – 29 March 2018
Time:                     6 pm – 8 pm (3 March)

12 pm – 8 pm (4-22 March)

12 pm – 9 pm (23-29 March)

Venue:                 New ArtisTree, 1/F, Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay

Price:                    Free

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