13th January 2020 – (Hong Kong) Magnificent Mozart, a musical portrayal of Mozart’s life performed in sumptuous eighteenth-century costumes will be presented on 2nd February at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall from 2:30pm and 5:00pm, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.
Created and produced by playwright Leanne Nicholls, Magnificent Mozart captures the extraordinary life of Mozart and chronicles his spectacular rise from child prodigy to the world’s most famous composer. Fascinating snippets of Mozart’s relationships and life stories are accompanied by dazzling performances of his music by City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and guest artists. The performance conducted by Vahan Mardirossian includes Mozart’s concertos for piano, violin and clarinet, A Musical Joke, an intriguing glass harmonica solo and the sensational Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute.
Popular Hong Kong-based actor Jordan Cheng animates the stage as storyteller, guest opera singer Tehmine Schaeffer delights as Mozart’s sister-in-law who premiered the Queen of the Night role, Hong Kong pianist Beverly Leung is cast as Mozart’s favourite piano pupil Barbara Ployer, Thomas Bloch appears as the notorious Dr. Mesmer on his mesmerizing glass harmonica and gifted six-year old local pianist Brandon Lam plays the role of Mozart the outstanding child prodigy. Leading principals of CCOHK including violinist Amelia Chan and clarinetist Anthony Wong also appear as soloists in brilliant excerpts of Mozart’s most popular concertos. Set designer Ernesto Maurice Corpus decorates the concert stage to authentic effect with life-sized 18th century paintings and gorgeous golden candelabras, promising a feast for both the ears and the eyes!
Tickets priced at $450, $350, $250, with half-price concessions for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and minder, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients, are available from all URBTIX outlets. For ticketing enquiries, call 3761 6661; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999; for internet booking, visit www.urbtix.hk; for programme or other enquiries, call 2864 2151 or email [email protected]. The performance lasts for approximately 70 minutes without intermission. The programme is family-friendly with the exception of children aged two and below.
More about City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) occupies a unique position as one of Asia’s leading chamber orchestras and as one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic cultural entities. The orchestra produces a yearly subscription season of concerts collaborating with world class artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sarah Chang and Sir Neville Marriner. On tour CCOHK has performed in Italy, Taipei, Beijing, Chengdu and at the 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival. CCOHK’s mission to cultivate young audiences for classical music in Hong Kong has led to the creation of several original fully-staged productions incorporating actors. These include Magnificent Mozart, The Star Bach, Vivaldi Unmasked and Bug Symphony which won the Public Choice Award at the YAMawards in Portugal 2017. At the helm of CCOHK’s artistic and executive planning is CCOHK’s founder Leanne Nicholls, herself a prize-winning performer who was awarded a commendation certificate from the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2009. French conductor Jean Thorel served as chief conductor from 2008 to 2016. Armenian conductor and virtuoso pianist Vahan Mardirossian was appointed chief conductor in September 2019.