The Classical Concert: Mostly Mozart
10/21/2016, 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Royce Auditorium, St. Cecilia Music Center map
BUY TICKETSJohn Varineau Conductor | Rick Britsch Horn | Erich Peterson Horn | Daniel Hass Cello
Wouldn’t any music lover like to have music by Mozart as a wedding gift? That’s exactly what happened to the Haffners of Salzburg who commissioned Mozart to write a serenade for one of their daughter’s nuptials. A few years later, in 1782 when ‘Papa’ Haffner was elevated to the nobility Mozart turned again to his Haffner materials and came up with a totally new piece of music, the ‘Haffner’ Symphony, for the splendid occasion. Family connections abound in this concert as Mozart wrote all four of his French Horn concertos for his childhood friend and adult drinking buddy Ignaz Leutgeb. We begin with a gracious earlier symphony written when Mozart was seventeen and had just started working for the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg. As a special treat, Israeli cellist Daniel Hass, winner of the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, will make a guest appearance.
John Varineau occupies the Wege Foundation Chair
Richard Britsch's chair is sponsored by Dr. David & Dr. Margaret Thompson | Erich Peterson holds the Peter & BJ Whigham Chair