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LCSD launches free online programme "Composer 101 - Music Café"
     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has launched a free online music programme, "Composer 101 - Music Café", conducted by local music critic Calvin Lai. The programme covers a number of famous classical composers and their selected works, giving audiences, as if they were in a café, a taste of fine music and musical knowledge. The first episode "J.S. Bach" is now available at the department's Edutainment Channel.
     The programme is composed of 10 episodes, featuring 10 classical composers of different periods, namely J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Chopin, Wagner, Johann Strauss II, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Satie. In the episodes, Lai not only shares interesting anecdotes about these composers but also introduces one iconic music piece from each of them, just like taking a sip of coffee and having snacks, allowing audiences to experience composers' creative inspiration and motivation.
     Familiar to music lovers as the host of RTHK Radio 4's fine music programmes, Lai is committed to promoting classical music, and has organised and produced numerous classical music programmes and cultural events over the years. He is active in music education, and has joined numerous art groups and organisations for project planning and promotion, including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Lai has also participated in various local music education programmes and community outreach activities, serving as a lecturer and host. He is currently a part-time lecturer of the Academy of Music at the Hong Kong Baptist University.
     Each episode of the free online programme "Composer 101 - Music Café" runs for approximately seven minutes and is conducted in Cantonese, with Chinese and English subtitles. To watch the programme, please visit the LCSD's Edutainment Channel at www.lcsd.gov.hk/edutainment/en/academy/page_421.html. Details and the release schedule of other episodes will be announced in due course on the programme website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/programs_1451.html. For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7321 or visit the programme website.
Ends/Friday, December 2, 2022
Issued at HKT 11:00
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