IN FOCUS SERIES 2018

July 29 – August 3, 2018
Extraordinary Free Chamber Music Concerts

Mozart Forever! A Brief Survey of Masterpieces for His Time and Ours

The 2018 In Focus Series takes a closer look at the expansive repertoire of Mozart. From the charming A Major Sonata to the absurdly perfect A major Piano Concerto—the opera masterpieces of Don Giovanni and the Marriage of Figaro to the boldly clever “Jupiter”—this Mozartian journey will showcase Mozart as a master of many genres: chamber works, concertos, opera and symphonies. These concerts, with intimate ensembles and small chamber orchestras, will integrate brief discussion about the evening’s program, bringing the music “into focus.”

Mozart Forever! A Brief Survey of Masterpieces for His Time and Ours
Sunday, July 29, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Mozart Forever! A Brief Survey of Masterpieces for His Time and Ours

This season’s Mozartian journey begins with an exploration of the Viennese master’s wondrously expressive range through two iconic works. The charming A major Sonata is a pianist’s staple, with its witty Rondo alla turca finale among the most celebrated melodies by Mozart, followed by the deeply moving G minor String Quintet, which travels from the depths of sorrow to playful dances of joy.

Mozart Forever! A Brief Survey of Masterpieces for His Time and Ours
Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Mozart Forever! A Brief Survey of Masterpieces for His Time and Ours

A harpist desiring to play Mozart has a single choice, but it’s a doozy—the sparkling Concerto for Flute and Harp. This lovely work is followed by the absurdly perfect A major Piano Concerto, with an Adagio movement that soloist David Fung has declared to be the most transcendental concerto movement Mozart ever composed.

Mozart Forever! A Brief Survey of Masterpieces for His Time and Ours
Thursday, August 2, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Mozart Forever! A Brief Survey of Masterpieces for His Time and Ours

Mozart wrote more than 20 operas over the span of his life, beginning at age 11 and through to The Magic Flute, premiering just months before his death. Sampling the overtures and arias from Mozart’s greatest achievements in the genre, this program includes this last fantastical song-play along with two masterpieces in collaboration with the famous librettist DaPonte, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro.

Mozart Forever! A Brief Survey of Masterpieces for His Time and Ours
Friday, August 3, 2018, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Mozart Forever! A Brief Survey of Masterpieces for His Time and Ours

Mozart wrote his first symphony at age 8 and his last—the triumphant and boldly clever “Jupiter” Symphony—some 25 years later, a monument to his work in the genre. The stormy “Little” G minor Symphony, with its explosive off-beat introductory declaration, opens the program.