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2 Rock with them

Given the massive success of last year's Michael Jackson tribute, HKAPA's Summer Musical School presents MJ Relived 2. All your favourite Jackson tracks performed by a young cast.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Secret review moves arts focus backstage

The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts should focus its resources on two of its six schools, specialising in music and in design, technology and management, according to an unreleased strategic review seen by the South China Morning Post.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Giant steps for talented youngsters

When Kenneth Hui Ka-chun showed up at his first audition for a dance class, he burst into tears.

He was six, and he was the only boy in the group seeking to join a junior ballet programme at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

'There were more than 30 girls and I was the only boy,' Hui said. 'I literally burst into tears and refused to dance.'

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rocking out to girl power

It's easy to sing praises about cosmopolitan cities like Hong Kong, where everyone - both men and women - enjoy a standard of living and freedoms that those in many countries can only dream of.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

Classic case of a burgeoning career

Making it big on the contemporary classical music scene is one of the toughest challenges for any aspiring composer. So Lam Fung (pictured) has plenty to celebrate.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

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16 Right in tune

CUHK students and alumni will perform an a cappella concert on campus next month, featuring a wide range of musical styles.

When: April 16, 8pm

Where: Chung Chi College Chapel

Free admission

31 Mini maestros

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Renaissance for digital technicians

As education institutions increasingly make use of technology enrichment tools for learning, focus also remains on helping students to develop the key competences they require to ensure they grow into being well-balanced individuals.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Guided by voices

In Finland, you can walk for kilometres seeing woods and lakes but hardly any people, so 'nature's loneliness, harmony, and quietness are very important to us', says Seppo Murto, music director of the country's Dominante choir. 'Finnish culture comes from living together with nature. This is reflected in the harmony and texture of our folk music.'

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Higher, bigger stage

In a commercially minded city such as Hong Kong, where students often feel parental pressure to conform to certain career choices, the performing arts don't enjoy the highest of profiles. But the field does offer good and varied career prospects, according to Christi Lee, assistant corporate communications manager at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Play for today

In 2004 Hong Kong playwright Wong Wing-sze wrote a semi-autobiographical drama titled This Happy Valley is Very Happy. Despite its cheerfully silly title, the full-length play is neither: it charts a period in Wong's life when her relationships and career were floundering. The protagonist in the story wants to end her life.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Little chance to bloom

Hong Kong has been cultivating home-grown professional performing arts groups since the 1970s, but the city's orchestras and dance troupes are still far too under-staffed by local talent, according to its cultural managers.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Watched, listened, yearned

This year saw several international names and acts landing in town: the New York City Ballet and Kevin Spacey - courtesy of the Hong Kong Arts Festival - the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as contemporary artists Damien Hirst, Zeng Fanzhi and Yang Fudong. But hype aside, how was the art itself?

Classical music

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Beating the Classroom

Beating the Classroom Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio

After a seven-year stint at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (APA) - two as its dean of drama - Tang Shu-wing is returning to the stage this week with a slapstick physical comedy that features acrobatics, percussion music and wacky clowning but no dialogue.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Young musician finds keys to success

Even before she was born, Vanessa Wong Wai-yin was destined to be a pianist. The 18-year-old bachelor of music student at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) recalls her first experience of the instrument that is now her life.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Wild circus of stunts and machines hitting city

If wild machines in dramatic circus performances sound right up your street, then you're in for a treat at Cirque Mechanics' Birdhouse Factory show.

The circus troupe will perform for 15 shows, starting next month, at the Lyric Theatre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Wan Chai. We hear that among the sights on show, hundreds of birdhouses will be flying by.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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