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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale welcome Kristian Bezuidenhout for ‘All Mozart’ concert on replica fortepiano
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January 4, 2016, San Francisco –Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale returns in February with the second half of its 2015-16 season featuring a compelling assortment of Mozart’s most beloved works, including Concerto for Fortepiano No. 23 in A major. The February concert set features international keyboard star Kristian Bezuidenhout on fortepiano.
Bezuidenhout is a frequent guest artist with the world’s leading ensembles and first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize as well as the audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition. Most recently, his performance on fortepiano with Mark Padmore in “Schubert Song Cycles” at Lincoln Center made the New York Times “Best Classical Music of 2015” list.
While many modern day performances of Mozart’s Concerto for Piano No. 23 are performed on a grand piano, Bezuidenhout will perform on a replica of Mozart’s fortepiano – the predecessor of the modern piano and the instrument for which the work was written. The instrument is a copy of a fortepiano built by Johann Schantz, one of the two most highly regarded Viennese builders of the 18th century. It comes on loan from PBO music director Nicholas McGegan’s personal keyboard collection.
The aptly titled “All Mozart” program also features his delightful Symphony No. 27 and his epic Symphony No. 39. In all, these works will showcase the genius of Mozart and present the audience with the unique opportunity to hear them as he himself heard them – on period instruments of the time.
With music director Nicholas McGegan at the podium, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will present “All Mozart” with Kristian Bezuidenhout throughout the San Francisco Bay Area starting February 3 at First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, February 5 at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco followed by performances on February 6 and 7 at First Congregational Church in Berkeley.
Tickets range from $25 to $105. For more information about this and other 2015-16 Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale concerts, visit philharmonia.org. For tickets, visit cityboxoffice.com or call 415-392-4400.
These concerts are the fourth set in a series of six regular 2015-16 season concerts as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra celebrates its 35th season as an orchestra, the Chorale celebrates 20 years and Nicholas McGegan celebrates his 30th anniversary as music director.
Program Notes for All Mozart are here.
Classical KDFC is the radio home of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. KDFC broadcasts an unreleased live Philharmonia concert recording the second Sunday of every month from 8-9 PM.
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Nicholas McGegan, conductor
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WHAT: Concert Performance
All Mozart with Kristian Bezuidenhout
Mozart: Concerto for Fortepiano No. 23 in A major
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major
Mozart: Symphony No. 27 in G major
PRICE: Range from $25 to $105.
TICKETS: Available at City Box Office 415-392-4400 or cityboxoffice.com
Wednesday, February 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
Friday, February 5 @ 8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Saturday, February 6 @ 8:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday, February 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
With a program that Mozart fans will be unable to resist, Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra welcome renowned fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout for Mozart’s celebrated Concerto No. 23 in A major and fill out the program with Mozart’s delightful Symphony No. 27 in G major and epic Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major.