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Introduction to IC2017

The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong

Hailed by the Financial Times as a festival with a “finely hewn sense of craft,” The Intimacy of Creativity returns to Hong Kong for its exciting 2017 season!

New this season is the IC2017 Contemporary Song Festival taking place Feb 27, 2017 – March 5, 2017 presented in collaboration with the critically acclaimed New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) and Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Artistic Director, Bright Sheng, will be joined by featured Distinguished Guest Composer, Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music; and Distinguished Guest Artist, Michael Barrett, renowned pianist, conductor, and co-founder and associate artistic director of NYFOS; together with guest vocal artists. Selected Composer Fellows will present and revise their art song/opera scene compositions inspired and/or influenced by Asian literature and culture after public, in-depth Open Discussions on the campus of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The revised compositions will be formally presented at a Preview Concert at HKUST and a World Premiere Concert at the famed Asia Society Hong Kong Center in downtown Hong Kong.

IC2017 will conclude with the IC2017 Instrumental Chamber Music Festival taking place April 17 – 23, 2017. Artistic Director, Bright Sheng, will be joined by Distinguished Guest Composer and Director of the Grawemeyer Award for Composition, Marc Satterwhite; Guest Artists Dan Zhu, renowned violinist and returning IC Guest Artist; Oliver Triendl, acclaimed German pianist and founder of the Kempten Classix Festival; Chad Burrow, acclaimed clarinetist; and IC2017 Emerging Ensemble-in-Residence, the Altius Quartet. Selected Composer Fellows will present and revise their chamber work after public, in-depth Open Discussions on the campus of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The revised compositions will be formally presented at a Preview Concert at HKUST and a World Premiere Concert at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre in downtown Hong Kong.

Up to six Composer Fellows total will be selected to participate in 2017 season events. Composers may submit works for consideration for either the IC2017 Contemporary Song Festival and/or IC2017 Instrumental Chamber Music Festival. Art song/opera scene compositions submitted for the Contemporary Song Festival must have been inspired and/or influenced by Asian literature and culture.

One participating Composer Fellow will be selected through March 5, 2017 IC2017 World Premiere Concert Audience Vote to have their selected work featured on the 2017-18 season of NYFOS. One participating Composer Fellow will be selected through April 23, 2017 IC2017 World Premiere Concert Audience Vote to have their selected work featured on either the Freunde der Musik, Landshut; Kulturverein Zorneding-Baldham; or Classix Kempten International Chamber Music Festival, including possible broadcast on German radio.

One participating Composer Fellow from the entire season may also be offered a one-year renewable position at HKUST as Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Scholar in the Division of Humanities at HKUST.

The Intimacy of Creativity 2017 is presented by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, together with the HKUST School of Humanities and Social Science, and the HKUST Hong Kong Jockey Institute for Advanced Study, as part of the HKUST Music Alive! concert series. IC2017 Contemporary Song Festival is presented in collaboration with Asia Society Hong Kong Center and the New York Festival of Song. The IC2017 media partner is Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). Venue and ticketing sponsorship for the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre World Premiere Concert event is being provided by the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The Intimacy of Creativity is generously supported by Dr. and Mrs. Helmut Sohmen in Memory of Sir Yue-Kong Pao CBE JP.

IC2017 Call For Scores Guidelines

Eligibility and Guidelines

1. Up to six (6) Composer Fellows will be selected to participate in season events.
2. Composers applying for the Partnership must be between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application deadline.
3. Selected Composer Fellows MUST be willing to work with Bright Sheng and Guest Artists to make necessary revisions to their score and parts BEFORE events.
4. Selected Composer Fellows MUST also be comfortable working with Bright Sheng and Guest Artists DURING PUBLIC, OPEN DISCUSSIONS to make additional necessary revisions to score and parts before the final public concert presentations.

Terms

1. Round-trip airfare, accommodation, and a per diem will be provided to selected Composer Fellows.

Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Scholar

1. One Composer Fellow may be offered a one-year position at HKUST as Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Scholar in the Division of Humanities for the 2017-2018 academic year.

World Premiere Concert Audience Vote Winners

1. One participating Composer Fellow will be selected through March 5, 2017 IC2017 World Premiere Concert Audience Vote to have their selected work featured on the 2017-18 season of NYFOS. One participating Composer Fellow will be selected through April 23, 2017 IC2017 World Premiere Concert Audience Vote to have their selected work featured on either the Freunde der Musik, Landshut; Kulturverein Zorneding-Baldham; or Classix Kempten International Chamber Music Festival, including possible broadcast on German radio.

Submissions

1. Each composer may submit up to 3 art song/opera scene works, or 3 instrumental chamber works, or up to 4 total works if submitting both art song/opera scene and instrumental chamber works for consideration for IC2017 Contemporary Art Song Festival and/or the IC2017 Instrumental Chamber Music Festival.
2. Only ONE work from each selected Composer Fellow will be presented to be featured on the IC2017 season.
3. For art song submissions, ONE OR MORE songs only may be selected for performance from a featured song cycle.
4. Maximum art song/opera scene instrumentation is as follows: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass/baritone voice, piano (piano 4 hands will be accepted). Ensemble singing is encouraged.
5. All texts for art song/opera scene submissions should be in PUBLIC DOMAIN.
6. Maximum instrumental chamber music instrumentation is as follows: clarinet, 3 violins, viola, violoncello, piano (2 hands only).
7. Works incorporating electronic elements WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
8. Each work submitted should be no longer than 10 minutes in duration.
9. Past IC Composer Fellows are ineligible to apply.

Adjudication

1. All submissions will be reviewed by a First Round Selection Panel, including noted musicians from Hong Kong; Final Round Selection will be made by Artistic Director Bright Sheng.

Submission Materials

1. Composers are asked to submit the following via the online submission form below by the receipt deadline:
a. Legible, professionally-prepared score(s) AND parts for each work submitted (PDF format only).
b. Though not necessary, the composer may also send accompanying performance recordings of the submitted work(s) if available (MP3 format only).
c. Text and Libretto with English translation, if applicable, as a separate file (PDF format only).
d. CV, including date of birth and names and contact information (only) for two (2) professional references (PDF format only).
e. Program note in English (and Chinese, if available) for each work submitted – 150 word/100 Chinese character maximum (PDF format only).
f. Biography in English (and Chinese, if available) – 200 word/150 Chinese character maximum (PDF format only).
g. High resolution color headshot (at least 1MB in size).
2. Label submitted files using the following format:
Score PDF file(s): IC2017.[Surname].[Name].[work title].pdf
Part PDF files: IC2017.[Surname].[Name].[work title].pdf
Libretto PDF file(s): IC2017.[ Surname].[ Name].[work title].libretto.pdf
Recording MP3 file(s): IC2017.[ Surname].[ Name].[work title].mp3
CV PDF file: IC2017.[ Surname].[ Name].CV.pdf

Timeline

1. 11:59PM (Hong Kong Time) 12 September, 2016 (Monday): Deadline to submit e-application via form below
2. Early Nov, 2016: Notification of selected Composer Fellows and phone consultation with Bright Sheng on necessary revisions to selected works
3. Late Dec, 2016: Deadline to submit final revised scores
4. Feb 27 – March 3, 2017: IC2017 Contemporary Art Song Festival Open Discussions (HKUST)
5. March 4, 2017: IC2017 Contemporary Art Song Festival Preview Concert (HKUST)
6. March 5, 2017: IC2017 Contemporary Art Song Festival World Premiere Concert, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
7. April 17 – 21, 2017: IC2017 Instrumental Chamber Music Festival Open Discussions (HKUST)
8. April 22, 2017: IC2017 Instrumental Chamber Music Festival Preview Concert (HKUST)
9. April 23, 2017: IC2017 Instrumental Chamber Music Festival World Premiere Concert (Hong Kong City Hall Theatre)

Contact Information

The Intimacy of Creativity
School of Humanities and Social Science
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
HONG KONG

info@ic.shss.ust.hk
(852) 2358 8350