The Department of Music stages an annual concert series on campus, known as the HKU Concert Series. There is an average of six to eight concerts held in this series each semester. Outstanding musicians and performers from Hong Kong and abroad are invited to share their talent and virtuosity with the University community and the public at large. Performances are aimed at promoting cross-cultural understanding in the spirit of mutual cooperation.
Many evening concerts are held in the University's historic
Loke Yew Hall (陸佑堂), formerly known as the Great Hall. It
is located in the Main Building, the oldest structure on the
University's main estate. Officially opened in 1912, it was
Hong Kong’s first concert hall. Over the years, it has hosted
countless ensembles, artists, and scholars including the Hong
Kong Philharmonic, Academy-award-winning director Ang Lee’s
film crew, Kunqu master Yu Zhenfei (崑劇大師俞振飛), and
Dr. Sun Yat-sen. During World War II, the hall served as a
hospital, and today it is listed as a historic structure.
In addition to the evening concerts, the Department of Music also stages lunchtime performances by talented young musicians and students. The lunchtime concerts are aimed at promoting a continued appreciation of music within our community, while providing an ideal platform for young and emerging musicians to showcase their considerable talents. Most of the performances in the HKU Concert Series are free, and students, staff, and the general public are welcome.