Story of Mozart Hong Kong Sinfonietta City Hall Concert Hall Reviewed: Aug 6 When you think you know all you need to know about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for a Friday evening, yet still emerge from a two-hour children's show on the subject with a smile that takes a while to dissipate, something has gone very right. The challenge of filling City Hall's concert hall on three evenings to introduce the young to history's quintessential classical composer is considerable; then again, so is the Hong Kong Sinfonietta's experience in these matters. Many crept in under the lower age limit of six, but you wouldn't have guessed it from the rapt attention given to the music and the 'edutainment' banter between conductor Jason Lai and Herr Mozart (Australian actor Richard Magarey). Presented as a chat show, the second half wisely used more video projections to complement the business on-stage; the first half was a little dry by comparison. The show was in English, and the youngsters were impressively at ease with technical terms and impromptu questioning, capped off with some vigorous choral responses demonstrating the motifs from the finale of Mozart's Symphony No 41. Lai avoided simply going through the motions with the music; youngsters sense when this is happening. They rewarded the players' committed approach with the concentration and applause it deserved. Concerto and opera excerpts were beautifully turned in by soloists Albert Lim (baritone), Eunice Chow (piano), Le Hoia-nam (violin) and Elvis Chan Tsz-shun (viola). Lai and Magarey left Eine kleine Nachtmusik in the players' control while they exited through the auditorium shaking tiny hands. If the young lad in the stalls, conducting in their absence with such accuracy and passion, had been translated to the podium, he would have stolen the show.