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A Conversation between Two Music Legends
"Mozart & Haydn"


[30 March 2010 –Hong Kong] The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) brings two “Mozart & Haydn” concerts on 9 April (Friday) and 10 April (Saturday) at 8 pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. Famous conductor Gérard Korsten leads the HKPO to play the symphonies of two classical giants, Mozart and Haydn, in addition to Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli by the British composer, Sir Michael Tippett.

Mozart composed 41 symphonies in his life, yet only two of them (No.25 and No.40) were written in minor. At the concerts, one of the G minor symphonies, No.25 will be performed. It was composed at late 1773, although Mozart was only 17 years old, he absorbed various symphonic styles through his Europe journey since early age, which influenced and inspired him a lot. Audiences who have watched the Oscar-winning documentary “Amadeus” must not forget the opening theme of the symphony.
The “father of the symphony”, Haydn wrote the enormous 104 symphonies in his life which brought extraordinary influence to the composers of next generation. Haydn made two trips to London for which he composed 12 symphonies known as his London symphonies. At the concert, the 12th of these, and the last symphonies of Haydn No.104 in D Major will be performed.
In 1953, British composer Tippett looked back 250 years for inspiration in composing his elaborate and intricate Fantasia Concertante in which Corelli’s Concerto Gross Op.6 No.2 makes a turbo-charged virtuoso appearance in modern dress, accompanied by a stereophonic double string orchestra.

Conductor, Gérard Korsten
Born in South Africa, Gérard Korsten began his career as a violinist. Following his musical training in the US and Europe he became Concertmaster and Assistant Music Director of the Camerata Salzburg and later Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from 1987 to 1996 when he left the COE to concentrate on conducting. He held positions of Principal Conductor of the State Theatre in Pretoria and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, before becoming Music Director of the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Italy from 1999 to 2005. Highlights of recent and forthcoming engagements include concerts with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sarah Chang at the Beijing Music Festival, London Mozart Players, Bamberg Symphony and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Gérard Korsten is currently Music Director Designate of the London Mozart Players and Principal Conductor of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz.

Mozart & Haydn
9&10 | 4| 2010
fri & sat 8pm
HK City Hall Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
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Gérard Korsten


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MOZART : Symphony No.25

TIPPETT : Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

HAYDN : Symphony No.104 London

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Edo de Waart
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The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

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