Prison Yard Festival: Music from within

LENK's Quartet for the End of Time

Prison Yard Festival: Music from within

LENK's Quartet for the End of Time

Goldberg illuminations

Solitary reunion

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Beethoven by moonlight

il Pomo d'Oro & Jakub Józef Orliński (Asian Debut)

Date & Time

30 Nov 2022 7pm

Location

JC Cube

Price

$250

General

Piano Sponsor:

“From anticipation to anxiety, from bewilderment to awe – for a brief musical moment the prisoners were free.” Rebecca Rischin, For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet 

Written in 1940, Quartet for the End of Time was one of the most frequently performed works by French composer Olivier Messiaen. The quartet, scored for the unconventional ensemble of clarinet, violin, cello and piano, was composed and premiered inside a prisoner-of-war camp during the WWII under extremely harsh conditions; but was “listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension” by his fellow inmates, many of whom were hearing chamber music for the first time. The work embodies the composer’s firm faith and perseverance amid adversity, and is considered a symbol of the power of great art to console hearts in the humanity’s darkest chapters. 

Formed upon the performance of the same work in 2021, LENK Quartet is bringing this monumental masterpiece to the highly evocative former Victoria Prison, now reimagined as Tai Kwun. The night view from the huge picture window of the JC Cube overlooks the dramatic Prison Yard and recalls a century of prisoners who could find a brief, sunlit semblance of freedom within its high security walls. Hong Kong composer Daniel Lo reflects upon Messiaen’s gigantic quartet with newly composed work for the same forces.


Programme

Performed by

LENK Quartet

Nancy Loo (piano)
Kitty Cheung (violin)
Cheng Yan Ho (cello)
Linus Fung (clarinet)

Programme

Daniel LoIn Nomine - Meditation in the Dark (commissioned by LENK Quartet)

MessiaenQuatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)

Duration: Approximately 1 hour without intermission


Ticket Discounts

Patrons may enjoy one of the below discount schemes for each purchase where applicable:

  • 40% off for Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and full-time students. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • 15% off for Tai Kwun Fans with valid discount code. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Prison Yard Festival Package Discount

  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 2 different concerts (10% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 3 different concerts (15% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 4 different concerts (20% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 5 different concerts (25% off)
  • These discounts do not include the concerts of "Il Pomo d'Oro & Jakub Józef Orliński"

Remarks

  • For wheelchair user, please purchase tickets via URBTIX www.urbtix.hk

  • Latecomers will be only be admitted at suitable time

  • Recommended for ages 6 and above


Biography

LENK Quartet

LENK quartet is a violin-cello-clarinet-piano quartet composed of active Hong Kong-born, Hong Kong-raised and Hong Kong-based classical musicians formed in 2021. Under the concert invitation from HKU MUSE, the group is initiated by veteran pianist Nancy Loo and joined forces by young violinist Kitty Cheung, cellist Eric Yip and clarinettist Linus Fung. 

The name LENK is the combination of first letters of the English names Linus, Eric, Nancy and Kitty. The quartet is committed to giving top quality live performances to the audience with its engaging and multicoloured playing.

Cellist Cheng Yan Ho is so kind to substitute Eric Yip in this performance due to certain unavailability condition.