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RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene. The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

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    RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene.

    The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

    Added illumination comes from interviews with leading performers and producers, interspersed with updates on events affecting the development of the territory 's artistic and cultural life. There's also in – most weeks – a live studio performance.

    The Works is aired on RTHK 31 every Wednesday at 19:10. 

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    Archive available later after broadcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.

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    27/10/2021

    In June, we explained what NFTs, or non-fungible tokens are and how they are catching on and affecting the art world. New technologies tend to develop fast, and a lot can happen in a very short period. And that is as true in Hong Kong as it is anywhere.

    The art form that we have come to know as the vocal recital first developed in 18th century Germany. It involves a selection of art songs, with lyrics for one voice based on poems or texts and accompanied by piano. Important composers in the genre include Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, Richard Strauss and even Tchaikovsky. The lyrics often focus on love, nature, and even human mortality. Earlier this week, soprano Athene Mok and pianist Cherry Tsang came to our studio to tell us more about the genre.

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    • Digital Art Fair Asia and NFT & in the studio: soprano Athene Mok & pianist Cherry Tsang

      Digital Art Fair Asia and NFT & in the studio: soprano Athene Mok & pianist Cherry Tsang

      In June, we explained what NFTs, or non-fungible tokens are and how they are catching on and affecting the art world. New technologies tend to develop fast, and a lot can happen in a very short period. And that is as true in Hong Kong as it is anywhere.

      The art form that we have come to know as the vocal recital first developed in 18th century Germany. It involves a selection of art songs, with lyrics for one voice based on poems or texts and accompanied by piano. Important composers in the genre include Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, Richard Strauss and even Tchaikovsky. The lyrics often focus on love, nature, and even human mortality. Earlier this week, soprano Athene Mok and pianist Cherry Tsang came to our studio to tell us more about the genre.

      27/10/2021
    • Lui Shou-kwan & Wucius Wong, Tsang Chui-mei & in the studio: clarinettist Gilad Harel

      Lui Shou-kwan & Wucius Wong, Tsang Chui-mei & in the studio: clarinettist Gilad Harel

      Lui Shou-kwan was a pivotal figure in the development of ink art in post-war Hong Kong, bringing together his traditional Chinese painting knowledge and the influence of Western art, and spearheading the New Ink Painting Movement. In the 1950s and 1960s, he continued to develop his own creative process as well as guide a new generation of artists, including Wucius Wong.

      Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city, and in the arts, the blending of Chinese traditions and Western approaches continues. For her current exhibition at the Karin Weber Gallery painter Tsang Chui-mei takes an ancient idiom rooted in Confucian philosophy 不日不月 or “Day and Night” as her title. Tsang transfers the subjects and objects that she sees daily on her way to and from her studio onto her canvases as fragments and patterns. She says she sees these works as explorations of space and time, taking nature as her inspiration.

      Clarinettist Gilad Harel is currently visiting Hong Kong for the first time. His debut concert with Hong Kong Premiere Performances is tonight and the programme that showcases not only his virtuosity as a classical musician but also his love for Klezmer music. He will be playing a second concert, this time performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, on Saturday with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

      20/10/2021
    • St. James’ Creation's clay & sand art workshops, Henry Moore & in the studio: Joshua Jones

      St. James’ Creation's clay & sand art workshops, Henry Moore & in the studio: Joshua Jones

      Expressing ourselves or communicating with others often relies heavily on words to convey our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. However, non-verbal communications such as touch offer an alternative for those who express themselves differently. Pottery and other ceramic arts, for instance, have long been used as forms of art therapy.

      Henry Moore was a pioneer and one of the most important British artists of the 20th century. His monumental semi-abstract sculptures of the human form can be seen around the world. Two of his large sculptures in Exchange Square One and Two have been in Hong Kong since 1974. Moore worked in sculpture, drawing, print-making and textile design. Currently on show at Hauser & Wirth, are rarely seen large-scale tapestries. In 1976, Moore’s daughter Mary Moore introduced her father to the West Dean Tapestry Studio and worked with artisans to transform Moore’s watercolour drawings into life-size tapestries.

      Saxophonist Joshua Jones studied the instrument in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and then earned his master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. He went on to further his studies in the Netherlands. Jones came to Hong Kong four years ago and later this month he will perform works by composers Erwin Schulhoff, Stefan Wolpe and Kurt Weill at the concert: “Hot Music” with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.

      13/10/2021
    • Brutalism & in the studio: Wuji Ensemble's

      Brutalism & in the studio: Wuji Ensemble's "Boundless Groove: A Sonic Journey in Nature"

      Sleek and glassy high-rises may dominate Hong Kong’s cityscape, particularly in the business districts, but the city does also have examples of other styles, including the school of architecture known as Brutalism. Brutalist architecture emphasises function over decoration. It does not hide the materials that it is made of. The term “Brutalism” itself was coined by architects Alison and Peter Smithson in 1953 to describe a house in England in which bare concrete, brick and wood were emphasised. It was publicised further by architectural historian Reyner Banham. A recent exhibition highlights some examples of Brutalist Architecture in Hong Kong.

      The annual Jockey Club New Arts Power art festival is back. The five-month event includes six live in-venue performances and more than 100 community events. One of those live performances “Boundless Groove: A Sonic Journey in Nature” features the locally acclaimed Wuji Ensemble. Known for mixing Chinese and Western instruments to create innovative music since 2003, the ensemble ventured into jazz in 2019. Their upcoming concert will take the audience into nature with jazz and Chinese music. Earlier this week, they came to our studio to give us a preview.

      06/10/2021
    • Non-visual Photography & in the studio: HKU MUSE's 80 Years of the Messiaen Quartet

      Non-visual Photography & in the studio: HKU MUSE's 80 Years of the Messiaen Quartet

      French composer, organist and teacher Olivier Messiaen was a devout Catholic and an enthusiastic ornithologist who integrated birdsong, Catholic theology, and mystical and religious themes into his music. Early in World War II, he was interned in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp in Gorlitz, Germany. While there, he wrote “Quartet for the End of Time”, composing for the instruments and musicians available: clarinet, violin, cello and piano. They rehearsed in in the camp bathroom and gave the piece its premiere in front of some 400 prisoners and German officers on 15th January 1941. On the 8th October, the University of Hong Kong’s MUSE is presenting a concert to mark the 80th anniversary of the quartet. Earlier this week, the musicians who will be performing came to our studio to tell us more.

      Messiaen sometimes said that for him, music was not just “tonal”, “modal” or “serial”, music was about colour. “I see colours when I hear sounds,” he said. “But I don’t see colours with my eyes, I see colours intellectually in my head.” This ability, to experience one of your senses through another, is called synaesthesia. Not all of us experience it, but those living with an impairment of one sense do sometimes find ways to make up for it by making unconventional or additional use of the others.

      29/09/2021
    • Tai Kwun's cabaret show

      Tai Kwun's cabaret show "LauZone", exhibition "To Be Continued" & in the studio: Helen Z

      Most of us in Hong Kong today are the descendants of people who came from Guangdong in the 19th to 20th centuries. As a result, the majority of Hong Kong’s population speaks Cantonese. A smaller percentage, now mostly the older generation and village residents, still speak other dialects. “LauZone” is a colloquial Cantonese term for non-Cantonese natives. It is also the title of a show in Tai Kwun’s “Spotlight” season of performing arts, that examines the relationship between identity and dialect.

      "To be Continued”, the group exhibition currently on show at Sin Sin Fine Art, brings together the backgrounds, minds, experiences and styles of six artists from three generations. They are Ken Chung, Justin Hui, Grace Liu, Kate Ouyang, Wong Tong and Sin Sin Man herself, and they work in a variety of techniques and media including painting, photography, textiles, jewellery, and found, discarded or random everyday objects.

      John and Michelle Phillips wrote the song “California Dreamin’” in the cold New York winter of 1963 as they were missing – and yes, dreaming of - sunny California days. It was first recorded by Barry McGuire, but it was their own version, as part of “The Mamas and the Papas, that made it popular around the world. “California Dream” is the title of local singer-song writer Helen Z’s new EP which contains eight English songs. Earlier this week, she came to our studio to tell us what California means to her.

      22/09/2021
    • Artist Carol Man,

      Artist Carol Man, "Ineffable Worlds" @ Tang Contemporary Art & in the studio: Men of Winds

      Rosh Hashanah, in Hebrew means “head of the year”. It is the beginning of the year according to the traditional Jewish calendar and a time of inner renewal and divine atonement. This year’s celebration started last Monday on September 6th and ended on the evening of Wednesday, 8th. Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the High Holidays or “Days of Awe”, which ends with a 25-hour fast called Yom Kippur or "Day of Atonement" that begins on the evening of 15th September. It is the holiest Jewish holiday of the year, filled with traditions and meaning. Carol Man, a Hong Kong Chinese artist who has adopted the Jewish faith, has long been intertwining her cultural identities in her artistic journey.

      At Tang Contemporary Art gallery, co-curators Giuliana Benassi and Michela Sena, have selected over 15 works by six young Italian artists that address the current period of instability and uncertainty in our world. The exhibition is called “Ineffable Worlds”. The artists taking part are Marta Mancini, Andrea Martinucci, Alessandro Giannì, Luca Grimaldi, Marco Eusepi, and Giulia Dall’Olio. Among the themes and subjects they examine are technology and the digital world, pop culture, nature and temporality, abstraction and figuration, space, and a “mythology of the future”.

      The life expectancy of Hong Kong’s population, like that of many places elsewhere in the world, is longer than it used to be. Many societies are having to make new adjustments for ageing populations. The good news though is that in general, older people are staying healthier and active for longer. Old age is being redefined, and more of us are realising that getting older shouldn not necessarily mean giving up your sense of fun or your passions. The men who make up the local band, “Men of Winds” are all 50 or older. And their passion for music is undiminished.

      15/09/2021
    • Interview with pianist and conductor David Greilsammer

      Interview with pianist and conductor David Greilsammer

      In this week's episode, pianist and conductor David Greilsammer is here to talk with us about his upcoming concerts with Premier Performances of Hong Kong and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, one of which was originally scheduled for June last year but had to be postponed due to Covid-19. That solo recital, "Scarlatti:Cage", arranged by Premier Performances, brings together music from the 18th and 20th centuries in a series of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage. The New York Times selected the “Scarlatti-Cage” recitals as one of the ten most important events of the year. It was originally scheduled for Sunday 5th but has proved so popular that another show is being added tonight. Since 2013, David Greilsammer has also been the Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata.

      In addition to his performances and projects involving music ranging from Baroque to jazz and rock, he is also renowned for his interpretations of Mozart. Not only has he performed all of Mozart’s piano sonatas in a one-day “marathon”, he has also played and conducted all of Mozart’s 27 piano concertos in one season. Apart from the “Scarlatti:Cage” recitals, David is also conducting and playing in two more concerts here, these with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, that also bring together composers from the 18th century and the present day: Mozart and film composer John Williams.

      08/09/2021
    • "Phil Your Life – MUSIC X FOOD", Oscar Chan @ Gallery EXIT & in the studio: Musica Viva

      Throughout history, music has often provided a backdrop for food and the joys of eating. In ancient times, musicians performed during festive occasions, entertaining guests at banquets. Recent studies also show that listening to music while eating encourages us to eat and drink more. In recent months, the Covid-19 pandemic has reduced opportunities for food and music, at least live music, to come together, but the internet has provided some alternatives.

      "Don’t Leave The Dark Alone” is artist Oscar Chan’s first solo exhibition at Exit Gallery. Through ink painting and installations, Chan depicts darkness in both literal and metaphorical senses. Combining references from horror films by John Carpenter and painters such as Francisco Goya and James Ensor with Asian mythology and ghost stories, Chan hopes the viewer, faced with darkness and fear, will not look away.

      "La Finta Semplice" or “The Fake Innocent” is a comic opera. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was just 12 when he composed this three-act opera covering 588 manuscript pages in 1768. For Leopold Mozart, a performance of the opera, at the invitation of Emperor Joseph II, was the perfect opportunity to introduce his son’s genius to the Viennese public and the court. Unfortunately, the young composer’s talent aroused the jealousy of other composers, sparking a controversy that prevented its planned performance. Earlier this week, members of Musica Viva, who will be staging the opera on 10th and 11th of September, came to our studio to tell us more.

      01/09/2021
    • Percussionist Angela Hui, exhibition

      Percussionist Angela Hui, exhibition "Liquid Ground" @ Para Site & in the studio: WHIZZ

      Music probably began with humans noticing the sounds they could get from hitting or scraping objects in the world around them. Over time we created musical instruments to refine those sounds. Percussionist Angela Hui finds joy and creative potential not only in such recognised musical instruments but also in the sounds we can make from everyday objects around us.

      For a century and a half, Hong Kong has expanded its coastline to meet the perpetual demand for more space, but the seas could roar back. The threat of climate change and the possibility that some cities or areas around the world could eventually be reclaimed by the sea has provided a starting point for the show "Liquid Ground", the latest collaboration between Para Site and UCCA Center for Contemporary Art. Featuring 11 new commissions and recent work by a total of 15 artists, the installations reflect on the aggressive land reclamation projects undertaken by many Asian cities, including Hong Kong’s "Lantau Tomorrow Vision".

      The all-girl band WHZZ was formed two years ago when vocalist Wong Yu-shan and her three fellow musicians got together via Instagram. But the band did not just get together due to social media. They still use it to highlight their music and their slickly produced videos, as well as to interact with their fans. For them, it is one strategy they can use to maintain their musical independence and individuality. Earlier this week, they came to our studio to tell us more.

      25/08/2021
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