A Cultural Disneyland for Hong Kong!

After nearly 20 years of dilly-dallying, Hong Kong finally got rid of a construction project it never understood nor wanted! I am talking, as you might have guessed, about a dedicated 21st century concert hall at the West Kowloon Cultural [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | August 9th, 2017
Curse from the Gods

Despite the fact that epilepsy has appeared in medical history as early as 400 BC and an estimated 50 million people around the world are affected by it1, there are still many misconceptions that surround the condition.

by Desiree Ho | July 23rd, 2017
Listening to the Past without A Record Player

Before the advent of the phonograph in 1877, it wasn’t possible for people to play sound that had been recorded. The phonograph (a portmanteau word created from two Greek roots: (phone, “sound” or “voice” and graphē, “writing”) was preceded by [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | July 12th, 2017
Classical Movements II “Moving the Music; Changing the World”

Through the efforts and vision of Neeta Helms, Classical Movements has become an organization of altruism. A large part of the profits, which the organization earns moving orchestras and choirs on their tours, are devoted to Neeta’s pursuit of global [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | July 2nd, 2017
Classical Movements I “Moving the Music; Changing the World”

Have you ever wondered how entire orchestras and their staff are seamlessly moved from country to country when they are on tour? Neeta Helms and Classical Movements are the behind-the-scenes wizards who organize 55-70 symphony and choral tours each year. [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | July 1st, 2017
Hong Kong Music Series In London

In 2017, Hong Kong is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region. To commemorate the transfer of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China, the HK Government is pulling [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 18th, 2017
Beethoven in China: The Dark Years

The unprecedented suffering inflicted by the relentless and ruthless personality cult of Chairman Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution had a devastating effect on society and on music. Within China’s cultural and intellectual fabric Beethoven had become synonymous with everything [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 18th, 2017
Operatic Disasters III

When the Teatro Real reopened on 11 October 1997, it quickly became an internationally acclaimed opera house and an important cultural institution in Spain. A leading venue in the field of music and performing arts, its artistic projects, ranging from [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 17th, 2017