Happy Birthday, Amadeus!
January 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Mount Baker Theatre
We’re celebrating Mozart’s 263rd birthday!
We begin the festivities with Symphony No. 2 by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, otherwise known as Joseph Bologne. A contemporary of Mozart, Bologne was the son of an aristocratic French plantation owner and an African slave. Despite the racial intolerance of the time, he emerged as a virtuoso composer, violinist, and swordsman, leading a prestigious orchestra in Paris and performing personally for Marie Antoinette. Some have cited his compositions as possible sources of inspiration for Mozart.
Then, two-time Grammy-nominated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann joins the Symphony for Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. One of the leading solo instrumentalists today, Kuuskmann has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center. The concert closes with Mozart’s “Jupiter Symphony,” named such over 30 years after Mozart’s death, likely due to the extravagant presence of trumpets and drums that give the Symphony a noble and powerful quality.
Elizabeth Blair of NPR’s All Things Considered perhaps describes the work best:
“…it’s exuberant and introspective, charming and complicated — a lot like life itself.”
Join us for a joyful tribute to the prolific classical composer!
Symphony No. 2 | Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Concerto for Bassoon | W.A. Mozart
Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” | W.A. Mozart
A pre-concert lecture about the repertoire by Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel starts at 2:15. Admission is free, but these are very popular and seating is limited.
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