The nostalgia of the pre-War La Belle Époque and its time of joie de vivre in the late 19th Century have been reappearing from time to time, after the Wars and in the modern time. The “incompleteness”, or the absence of beautiful moments, motivates people to imagine and re-create their own nostalgia. Some say incompleteness makes life complete. By raising the question: ‘What is incompleteness to you?’, soprano Florence Cheng and pianist Cynthia Chan will open a discussion on incompleteness in life and create their own nostalgia, through a performance of music from La Belle Époque period. Performance includes music of Cécile Chaminade, Augusta Holmès, Reynaldo Hahn, and more.
Florence Cheng received her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at San Francisco State University under scholarship, where she was studying choral conducting with Dr. Joshua Habermann, having vocal training with Catherine Cook in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as principle study. Passionate about French culture, philosophy and music, in 2016 Florence obtained a Ph.D. of Musicology and Choral Conducting, with research on the culture and music environment around the early 20th Century France. Florence is actively performing as a choral conductor with diverse repertoire, she is also appeared in performances as a vocalist in both classical and non-classical music events.
Cynthia Chan earned a Master of Music Degree in Piano Accompanying from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Timothy Bach. She also holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatory, where she studied with Mr. Mack McCray; and received Bachelor of Arts (Music) Degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she studied with Dr. Cheung-yu Mo. Cynthia has been on staff accompanist for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Dance School), Hong Kong International Summer Dance School, Bay Area Summer Opera Institute, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco Ballet School. She currently serves as the pianist for Hong Kong Dance Company.
Harvey Chan – Born in Hong Kong and educated in Canada, Harvey has lead a successful career as an illustrator for many years in Toronto. Harvey has received numerous awards through his career nationally and internationally. He is known for his diversified portfolio of work and artwork carrying a good balance between traditional and contemporary approach. He has created 2 series of Chinese Zodiac design and worked on individual projects for the Royal Canadian Mint and more recently, the Year of the Rat stamp design for Canada Post. Besides illustrating and teaching, Harvey also kept himself busy with personal work and creating gallery work. Harvey taught drawing, painting, illustration and sculpture at Ontario College of Art and Design University, Sheridan College and Toronto School of Art. Since moving back to Hong Kong, Harvey has been developing a series of portrait work -‘ Speaking Faces ‘ and has founded Art For Life Studio.