Breguet’s Celebration of Excellence Festival Opening : “Out of Austria”

Legendary maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy leads the

Mantua Chamber Orchestra in masterpieces by Mozart and Haydn

Music transcends physical boundaries and lets our imagination roam free. It is a magical portal through which time travel is made possible. When Mozart penned the Adagio of his Clarinet Concerto in Vienna, it might never occur to him that one day it would become the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning movie Out of Africa, or be heard fifty-five thousands miles away in Hong Kong!


The grand opening concert of the 5th Musicus Fest celebrates the magnificent Austrian legacy of Haydn and Mozart. Artistic Director Trey Lee shares the stage with the venerated father and son team of Vladimir Ashkenazy and Dimitri Ashkenazy. The stellar trio is joined by the the Mantua Chamber Orchestra, winner of the prestigious Franco Abbiati prize. The curtain rises with Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera Overture, written by the then eighteen-year-old composer. Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D is a treasure of the cello repertoire. The second half showcases Mozart’s one and only Clarinet Concerto in A and the iconic Great G minor Symphony, which is arguably the most popular of all of Mozart’s symphonies.


Lead Partner : Credit Suisse

Title Sponsor : Breguet

Principal Sponsor : CITIC TELECOM CPC

Airline Partner : Cathay Pacific

Acknowledgement : Leisure and Cultural Service Department

The presenter reserves the right to change the program and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary. The content of this program does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Concert Details


Nov 23,2017 (Thu)




Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall



"La Finta Giardiniera” Overture


Cello Concerto No. 2 in D, Hob.VIIb:2


Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622


Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 “The Great G minor Symphony”

Duration of the concert is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes, with a 20-minute intermission.