Hong Kong Sinfonietta ArtisTree Residency

Notating Beauty That Moves –

Music at an Exhibition


“Musical notation marks the unique contribution of music to the gestural humanity of the universe. Hidden beneath abstract signs that dot a score is a world of beauty that may be universally accessed. Musical notation is also a system of codes as ideologies. It includes and excludes, sets boundaries, and makes judgements.

Notating Beauty that Moves presents musical scores in the classical and contemporary hands of composers from the past and present. They are placed among works-on-paper, drawings, moving images, texts, photography, paintings, by artists who may or may not have been trained in music. In juxtaposing them alongside each other, we propose that in each work there are many moves to follow and follow through. One might even say, we owe art and life to motion.

A series of concerts, featuring members of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the acclaimed Australian group Ensemble Offspring, will put a spotlight on the process through which musical signs are translated into physical motions.”



Samson Young(HKS Artist Associate 2008-2009)

  • Artist and composer. He is the Winner of the inaugural BMW Art Journey Award, Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 (“For Whom the Bell Tolls: A Journey Into the Sonic History of Conflicts”)
  • His works have been featured around the world at the most prestigious festivals and spaces including the Venice Biennale, documenta 14, Art Basel, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Manchester International Festival and Japan Media Art Festival

Yang Yeung

  • A writer of art, independent curator, and university lecturer. She founded the non-profit soundpocket and is currently its Artistic Director



Exhibition title: Notating Beauty That Moves – Music at an Exhibition
Exhibition date/time:
Tuesday to Sunday
6pm – 8pm (3.3.2018)
12pm – 8pm (4-22.3.2018)
12pm – 9pm (23-29.3.2018)
Free admission

Exhibits by (in alphabetical order)
Mark Applebaum
Cathy Berberian
Luciano Berio
Pierre Boulez
Earle Brown
John Cage
Cornelius Cardew
Jo Ganter and Raymond Macdonald
G. Henle Publishers & Felix Mendelssohn
Alfred Ko
Thitiphorn Kotham
Doming Lam
Summer Mei Ling Lee
Franz Liszt
Anestis Logothetis
Thierry de Mey
Hiromi Miyakita
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Morgan O’Hara
Steve Roden
Igor Stravinsky
Tsang Chui Mei
Samson Young


Upcoming Concerts
Good Music This Lunch @ ArtisTree (22.3.2018)
Upclose Encounters with Hong Kong Sinfonietta: The Strings Aligned (24.3.2018)
Upclose Encounters with Hong Kong Sinfonietta: The Wind Rises (25.3.2018)
Song and Dance I (28.3.2018)
Song and Dance II (29.3.2018)

Past Concerts
Connecting the Dots (3.3.2018)
Tessera by Ensemble Offspring
Good Music This Lunch @ ArtisTree (6.3.2018)
Gesturing Motion (10-11.3.2018)
Good Music This Lunch @ ArtisTree with James C. (14.3.2018)
Vocalizing Motion (17-18.3.2018)




Booking Details

3 - 29 March 2018


1/F Cambridge House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

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Remarks: Hong Kong Sinfonietta reserves the right to change the programme and artists

The APPRECIATE concerts are, mainly, classical concerts featuring guest artists and conductors of world renown.  Apart from performing orchestral masterpieces, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly commissions new works and introduces to audiences works that are rarely heard in Hong Kong.

Music is good for everyone! The LEARN series takes audiences aged 0 to 88 into the world of classical music through specially designed concert series including Good Music for Babies, Good Music for Kids, Short-cut to Classical Music, Know Your Classical Music and HKS McDull Music Project.

In the light-hearted RELAX concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta shares with audiences great music ranging from orchestral favourites to music from movies and musicals.

The ENCOUNTER series offers unique opportunities for audiences to get close to the music and the performers through chamber music concerts, talks, often at unconventional venues or time. These include Good Music This Lunch, Good Music @ The Fringe, Beyond Good Music @ The Fringe, HKS ArtisTree Residency and UpClose Encounters.

Often referred to as “one of the world’s great small orchestras”, Hong Kong Sinfonietta has been invited to go on many TOURS in Europe, Asia, South and North Americas, sharing good music with audiences in over 30 cities.  In 2017/2018, the orchestra will make its début in Germany and perform at festivals in France, Portugal, as well as the Beethoven Easter Festival in Poland.

WHAT ELSE?  Apart from classical concerts, Hong Kong Sinfonietta regularly appears in staged productions by Hong Kong Ballet, Opera Hong Kong and visiting arts groups such as The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This season, Hong Kong Sinfonietta will also host the 1st International Conducting Competition.

“An exceptional orchestra.”  Le Dauphine (France)