Shun Hing Group, a keen supporter of and contributor to the local arts scene, announced its sponsorship of the Hong Kong Arts Festival for the 20th year. The sponsored programme this year was "Philharmonia Orchestra", which was presented on 18 March 2010 in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The programme attracted some 2,000 spectators and was extremely well-received.
Shun Hing Group Chairman Dr. William Mong said, "Classical concert was privileged to the upper class in the past. However, with the success of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, people from all walks of life were given the opportunity to enjoy the best classical music in the world. Classical music not only nurtures one's temperament and moral culture, but also helps relieve pressure. That's why I always encourage teenagers to see more first-class cultural performances."
Founded in 1945 to enrich life in war-weary London, the Philharmonia quickly rose to international prominence under conductors Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert von Karajan, and through the decade-long leadership of Otto Klemperer. Over the decades, the Orchestra continually brings its excellent music-making to the most important concert halls in Europe, America and Asia, while captivating listeners with its unrivalled discography of more than 1,000 recordings.
Fabio Luisi began his appointment as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony in 2005 and recently extended his contract until 2013. Beginning in 2010 he has been appointed Music Director of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Mr. Luisi was Generalmusikdirektor of the Dresden Staatskapelle and Saechsische Staatsoper (2007-2010), Artistic Director of the MDR in Leipzig (1999-2007), Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1997-2002), Chief Conductor of the Tonkuenstlerorchester in Vienna (1995-2000) and Artistic Director of the Graz Symphony (1990-1996).