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The Art of Music


Chairman Michelle Ong created a memorable evening of art and music at Tai Kwun, featuring Milan’s Brera Picture Gallery and renowned pianist Clive Britton.

On December 1st the First Initiative Foundation (FIF) celebrated their charitable initiative “The Art of Music”. In keeping with FIF’s focus on community outreach, heritage and cultural enhancement, the special event was presented at and hosted in conjunction with Tai Kwun‎ on Hollywood Road.

This charitable evening highlighted by a memorable recital by the internationally renowned pianist Clive Britton as he plays Hungarian composer Franz Liszt’s 2nd Year of Pilgrimage – Italy in front of Raphael’s 1504 Sposalizio della Vergine (The Marriage of the Virgin), the Renaissance era masterpiece painting that inspired the composer on his first visit to Brera in 1837. Projected images of the inspirational artwork enhanced and accompanied the music, making this an unforgettable experience for all who attended.

A celebration dinner at Aqua Group’s exciting new Tai Kwun restaurant The Chinese Library for FIF patrons and friends preceded the recital, which was aslo kicked off with a Lighting Ceremony on the Parade Ground. Honoured guests joined Michelle Ong for the ceremony, including Mr. Henry Tang, Mr. Peter Lam, Mr. Timothy Fok, Mr. Leon Ko, Mr. Stephen Ip and First Initiative Foundation’s new Artist in Support Mr. Juno Mak.

The Foundation prepared a special light art installation in collaboration with local curator Karen Chan to sparkle on the evening at the Tai Kwun Parade Ground for public viewing, furthering FIF’s already substantial art outreach.