The Redlands Symphony has a long relationship with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The composer was a favorite of longtime Music Director Jon Robertson, and our current Music Director, Ransom Wilson, is known throughout the classical music world for his performances of Mozart’s music — before leading the Redlands Symphony, he was the Artistic Director of the OK Mozart Festival.
We began our annual Mozart Celebration way back in 2013 with a sold-out performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and majestic Requiem. Over the subsequent years, we’ve enjoyed audience favorites (Eine kleine Nachtmusik, the “Jupiter” Symphony, overtures to The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni) and explored some of the composer’s more obscure works (overtures to Apollo and Hyacinthus and The Impresario, several of his lesser-known symphonies).
The concert will open with the irrepressible excitement of the overture to The Marriage of Figaro, and we’re concluding with the legendary “Jupiter” Symphony. These are two works that every Mozart fan knows and loves. But we’re packing even more into this wonderful evening!
We’ll be joined by the incredible Martin Owen, principal horn of the BBC Symphony. Martin will be featured in two of Mozart’s horn concertos. This is your chance to hear one of the world’s very best horn players in some pieces that aren’t often played.
This year, we’re also going beyond the music of Mozart to explore Mozart’s world. Duchess Anna Amalia von Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, a contemporary of Mozart, was one of Europe’s great patrons of the arts and gained a reputation as a wonderful composer in her own right. It’s impossible to say how famous her music might have become if she hadn’t been a woman who was also busy running a German kingdom!
There's More Mozart to Enjoy in Season 22/23
Update: Don't miss this season's annual Mozart concert on January 21, 2023 — An Evening of Mozart — featuring his Overture to Abduction from the Seraglio, his Symphony No. 35, and more.
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