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De Waart to Conduct Music from Amadeus Movie


Hong Kong, 20 Dec 2004 – Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) presents The Amadeus Concert, an evening of Mozart's classics from and beyond the award-winning movie Amadeus. HKPO's Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, maestro Edo de Waart will lead the HKPO in the concerts. Also to appear on stage with the HKPO are rising star pianist Andrea Lam, HKPO principal flautist Megan Sterling, and HKPO principal harpist Christopher  Sidenius. Two performances of this programme will be held on 6 & 7 January (Thu & Fri) at 8pm in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall and Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium respectively.

On the programme are some of the best-beloved tunes composed by Mozart, including Don Giovanni Overture, Eine kleine Nachtmusik (first movement), Piano Concerto No. 21  (complete), Symphonies No. 25 & 40  (first movements), 'Adagio' from Serenade No. 10 Gran Partita, The Magic Flute Overture, as well as Concerto for Flute and Harp (first movement). Five out of these seven pieces come from the movie Amadeus, which depicts a story of Mozart. The movie swept 8 Academy Awards in 1984, and is considered one of the film classics of all time.

Soloist of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 is Andrea Lam, one of the most outstanding pianists on the rise. She debuted with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies at the tender age of 13. Currently 23 years old, she has since performed with orchestras worldwide, including all six Symphony Australia orchestras. She won the audience over with her performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto with the HKPO back in 2000.

Featured in Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp are HKPO's Principal Flautist Megan Sterling and Principal Harpist Christopher Sidenius. Sterling has performed for the prime minister and national television of Australia, her homeland. She has also won the first prize at the 38th International Flute Competition Budapest in 2003. Sidenius appears frequently as a soloist with the HKPO, in addition to having performed with the Carnegie Chamber Players and the Sheboygan Symphony. He has also been a harpist for orchestras in five different States in America.

Tickets are now available at URBTIX, at HK$240, $180, $140, and $100 (for concert on 6 Jan) and HK$180, $140, and $100 (for concert on 7 Jan). The Orchestra is also offering a family package: buying one student ticket will entitle the customer a 15% discount off a maximum of two adult tickets.

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For enquiries, please call 2721 2030. Tickets are available through reservation at 2734 9009 (URBTIX), or Credit Card Booking at 2111 5999 (Cityline).