Friday, December 9, 2016 - Sunday, December 11, 2016
**Our Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon Merry Mozart concerts are SOLD OUT**
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Pablo de Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op.20 “Gypsy Airs”
Mackey Four Iconoclastic Episodes
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, “Jupiter”
And a holiday music surprise!
Usher in the winter months with works by Mozart, Mackey and the return of guest violinist Sirena Huang! Mozart’s Don Giovanni is recognized as one of the greatest operas of all time, and its overture, with comedic and melodramatic elements, was completed just hours before the opera’s premiere in October, 1787 – not atypical for that time period. Back by popular demand, violinist Sirena Huang first graced the HSO stage as a young child. Her return with composer Steven Mackey on electric guitar for his Four Iconoclastic Episodes will be…electrifying! Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, Op.20 “Gypsy Airs” is one of the Spanish composer’s most popular compositions and a favorite among violin virtuosos. The program concludes with Mozart’s exhilarating and transcendent “Jupiter” symphony. Mozart’s final symphony was given its nickname in tribute to the ancient Roman god of sky and thunder, also known as the King of the Gods. Plus, don’t miss a holiday musical surprise!
Please join us for a pre-concert talk, led by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan, one hour prior to curtain each day.
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Check out this special message from Sirena Huang:
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
Curious about what you will be hearing on the concert program, or want to hear more? Coleman Casey, HSO’s dear friend, Director Emeritus and beloved in-house audiophile, offers the following recommendations for recordings of selections featured on our upcoming Masterworks Concert:
Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni receives a powerful interpretation from Sir Neville Mariner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
There are many wonderful performances of Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, but Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic rise to the top of my list; despite the fact that this is not a performance which uses period instruments, this particular symphony is so large in scale that it actually flourishes under the grand and somewhat massive approach applied by the conductor (DG).