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HK Oratorio Society to perform works of three generations of Mozart

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus, the Hong Kong Oratorio Society will perform the concert, “Amadeus, Father & Son - 3 Generations of Mozart”.

The Oratorio Society programme, under the leadership of conductor Chan Wing-wah, includes two of Mozart’s childhood compositions, his setting of the offertory for the feast of St Benedict, “Scande coeli limina”, written in 1767, and his “Veni Sancte Spiritus” of the following year.

His first setting of the Loretine Litany dates from 1771 and his “Regina coeli” from the following year. The programme ends with the excerpts from the unfinished “Requiem”.

Mozart came from a musical family. His father, Leopold, sacrificed his own career and ambitions as a composer to foster the genius of his son.

At first intended for the priesthood, he was diverted into music, joining the court musical establishment of the Archbishop of Salzburg and remaining there, from 1763 until his death in 1787 as Deputy Kapellmeister. His compositions include a quantity of church music, with settings of the characteristic Salzburg Loretine Litany.

Of Mozart’s own six children, two survived. The younger of these, Franz Xaver Wolfgang, was born in 1791, the year of his father’s death. He lived to see his late father’s fame grow and, as a pianist himself, was able to perform his father’s music. A fairly prolific, if neglected composer, he left a varied quantity of music. His “Festive Chorus:”, which will be performed in the coming concert, premiere in Asia, was written in 1842, two years before his death, to celebrate the unveiling of the Mozart memorial in Salzburg.

Also performing in the concert are soprano Penelope Chan, mezzo soprano May Chan, tenor Sam Kan, baritone Petrus Cheung, young piano soloists Zoie Tse, 8, and Jacqueline Ma, 7, and Hong Kong Strings.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the concert by Hong Kong Oratorio Society will be staged at 8pm, September 18 (Monday) at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall. Tickets priced at $200, $150 and $100 are now available at all UBRITX outlets. Half-price tickets will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount will be offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321; for ticketing enquiries and reservations call 2734 9009. Internet bookings are available at . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programmes.

Ends/Friday, August 18, 2006
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