Bel Canto Singers
Winterreise on Ice
Combing art song with video projection and mapping on an ice rink, Winterreise on Ice is a first in Hong Kong and probably unique in the world. Winterreise, the second and last collaboration between the composer Schubert and the poet Wilhelm Müller, is chosen as the subject not only for its sheer beauty and depth, but also for the uncanny parallel imagery between the loner who tried to find meaning in life on a psychological journey, and those isolated by social distancing while coping with uncertainties amidst the epidemic at present. The project adds yet another aesthetic touch and dimension to the appreciation of the music, creating an exquisite experience for the audience.
Bel Canto Singers
Bel Canto Singers was founded by a group of vocal music graduates from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1997 under the direction of music director and tenor David Quah. Bel Canto Singers’ repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary and classical to jazz, blending eastern and western influences. In addition to production of concerts, operas and musicals, Bel Canto Singers also collaborates with local composers, organizes workshops and school tours, as well as providing opportunities to nurture young vocal singers, hoping to promote vocal music and local talents to the international stage. Recent signature works include the original musicals The Happy Prince & The Other Wise Man and Esther, as well as the pop operas When Mozart Meets Da Ponte and My Beloved.
Poetic Music Twirling on Ice
Graceful Melody Articulated in Paintings
Digital version of Winterreise on Ice
A 22-minute digital version of Winterreise on Ice with video projection and mapping for online viewing. 7 of the 24 songs from the entire Winterreise song cycle have been selected for this mini cycle, one episode a song. These 7 videos will be posted online to reaching out to the stay-home public at large:
Gute Nacht (Good Night)
Irrlicht (Will o’ the Wisp)
Frühlingstraum (Dream of Spring)
Die Krähe (The Crow)
Der Leiermann (The Hurdy-Gurdy Man)
A virtual exhibition showcases paintings from a public call. The paintings are inspired by the 7 songs of Winterreise on Ice.