The HKU Foundation Annual General Meeting was enlivened by A Musical Soirée, jointly presented by the Department of Music. The concert was held in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Hung Hing Ying Building, which currently houses the Foundation Chamber, and was formerly home to the Department of Music. The building, a declared monument which opened in 1919, was originally the centre for the University Union. It has also served as the Bursar’s Office, the Registry, and the Senior Common Rom. In 1986, it was named in honour of Mr Hung Hing Ying 孔慶熒 for his support of the University.
During the chamber recital, singers took advantage of the excellent acoustics under the building’s signature dome, and gave a vocal performance while standing on the upper rotunda. Student musicians also performed in the Foundation Chamber on a mix of instruments – the traditional Chinese dizi and guzheng, as well as the flute, harmonica, marimba, and piano.
The performance was curated by Professor Daniel Chua 蔡寬量, who holds the Mr and Mrs Hung Hing-Ying Professorship in the Arts; Professor Chan Hing-yan 陳慶恩, who holds the James Chen and Yuen-Han Chan Professorship in Music; and Dr Giorgio Biancorosso.