With this special joint-concert and exhibition, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Goethe Institut, the University of Hong Kong Museum Society and the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong bring together the works of German artist Gerhard Richter and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in the space at the University Museum and Art Gallery. Curator Robert Storr, a distinguished scholar of Richter’s work, has selected works by the Artist to be projected along with Arvo Pärt’s music, live performed by the acclaimed vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis. This immersive and sensory performance, both an art exhibition and a concert, is not to be missed!
Each performance will last approximately 30 minutes. A large turnout is expected. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Vox Clamantis is a vocal ensemble that revolves around its leader Jaan-Eik Tulve. During the 20 years of its existence singers have come and gone, but one man and his vision of music has always been consistently in the centre.
It all started with Gregorian chant, which Tulve studied in Paris in the 1990s. Back in Estonia he formed Vox Clamantis in 1996 to continue singing these old plainsongs that are the foundation of Western art music. The ensemble’s various line-ups were always like gatherings of kindred spirits, devotees to the idea that the essence of Gregorian chant can reach beyond its stylistic boundaries and freely blend with the music of modern ages and other cultures.
Vox Clamantis’ connection to Arvo Pärt dates back to 1999 when the ensemble started to perform his organ piece “Annum per Annum” mixed with liturgical chant, and the composer was enthusiastic about their idea. Since then, the group’s contact with Pärt’s music has deepened. Today it is a relationship that is warm and friendly rather than just professional.