San Francisco (Herbst), Berkeley, Atherton, Walnut Creek
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Robert Levin, fortepiano
MOZART: Incidental music from Thamos, King of Egypt
MOZART: Concerto No. 20 for Fortepiano in D minor
MOZART/LEVIN: Concerto Movement in G major from Nannerl’s Music Book, NMA No. 51 (recently attributed to Mozart, US Premiere)
LEVIN: Variations on themes submitted by the audience
MOZART: Symphony No. 41 in C major, KV 551 “Jupiter”
Join Music Director Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra as we open our 30th Anniversary Season with a program dedicated to that incomparable prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Our guest artist is Robert Levin, an audience favorite from past appearances.
The program begins with the rarely heard Thamos, King of Egypt, Mozart’s only incidental music for theater and a work remarkable for its violence and modernity. The program closes with one of Mozart’s best-loved compositions, Symphony No. 41, the “Jupiter” symphony. With its emotional intensity and extraordinary thematic range, “Jupiter” is without parallel among Mozart’s symphonies. We travel from the nobility of the first movement, to the introspection of the second, to the vast fugal finale.
The program also includes the U.S. premiere of recently discovered Mozart fragments, which Levin has arranged for fortepiano and orchestra, and a historically informed performance of the Concerto No. 20. Levin provides another highlight with his improvisation on musical themes suggested by the audience!
This all-Mozart program – with Mozart scholar Robert Levin as guest performer – is an event you won’t want to miss!