THE INAUGURAL CONCERT of HKPO artistic director and chief conductor Edo de Waart was sponsored by Hang Lung Properties. The concert - featuring Mahler's Symphony No 1 (Titan), John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine and the world premier of Guo Wenjing's Journeys - was a prelude to the conductor's debut performance in Shanghai, also backed by the Hang Lung Group. Ng Sze-yuen, executive director of Hang Lung Group and Hang Lung Properties, said the sponsorship - the group's first for the HKPO - was in line with the promotion of one of its trophy properties, The HarbourSide in West Kowloon. 'It has created a lot of noise here as well as in Shanghai,' he said. Hang Lung Properties chairman Ronnie Chan said the company was pleased to contribute to De Waart's directorship, which has contributed to Hong Kong's social and cultural advancement. He said Hong Kong's cultural scene deserved more support. 'We have made a small donation, but the scene needs more than what we have supported so far.'