As part of the European Music Festival, the Ma'a lot Quintet from Germany will be featured at a concert in HCM City on Nov. 18 at the city's Music Conservatory.

The concert, sponsored by the Goethe Institute in HCM City , will include performances of works by Mozart, Ligeti, Glanert and Piazzolla.

Founded in 1986, the Ma'alot Quintet is among on Nov. 17's leading international chamber music ensembles.

Their repertoire includes the entire wind quintet literature from the classical to the avant-garde, often in their own arrangements. They also regularly perform premiere works by contemporary composers.

Ma'alot has won several first prizes in major international competitions, as well as praise and awards for their CD recordings. The group has toured Asia, the US and South America .

All of the ensemble members are active as soloists in major German orchestras or as professors at music conservatories.

Five pieces from Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte address the subject of the opera, love and all its confusion, with fast tempos and swirling wind figures varied with delicate intimacy.

The six short pieces by Gyurgi Ligeti, which the composer himself arranged for wind quintet, are very different: in just four to 11 different tones, with simple
rhythms, the Hungarian composer seeks a new, original aesthetic for
the music of the 20th century.

Deja vu by contemporary German composer Detlev Glanert demonstrates his confrontation with the models of classical music and also plays with the contrast of solo and ensemble.

Two tango suites by Astor Piazzolla, full of energy and passion, conclude the concert, which begins at 8pm at the conservatory, 112 Nguyen Du street in District 1./.