Mozart & Friends
Approximate running time: 2 hours
603 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor MI 48104
MOZART & FRIENDS
Saturday, January 28, 2023
8PM – Michigan Theater
Adam Unsworth, horn
Relive the music of Mozart and his contemporaries in this vibrant program from the Michigan Theater. The golden soundscape of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 takes center stage, with soloist Adam Unsworth negotiating the composer’s famously impish score with its high-spirited, hunt-inspired finale. Described as “a landmark … personal in tone, indeed perhaps more individual in its combination of an intimate, chamber music style with a still fiery and impulsive manner”, Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 joins the horn concerto on the program, a glimpse into Mozart’s early symphonic talents that stands among his most popular works.
Two composers share the spotlight with the Viennese master, notably among them Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, perhaps the best-known classical composer of African ancestry and a prodigiously talented violinist. A pivotal figure in Parisian musical circles (he commissioned Haydn’s “Paris” symphonies for performance under his direction), Saint-Georges’s symphonies, concertos and miscellaneous works were highly regarded in their day. Rounding out the program is Haydn’s Symphony No. 49, a dramatically turbulent example of the composer’s Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”) period. Incessantly propulsive and motivically colorful throughout, this symphony delivers the composer at his charismatic best.
Saint-Georges Symphony No. 2
Haydn Symphony No. 49 “La Passione”
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4
Mozart Symphony No. 29
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