A Cornucopia of Composers

Chamber Orchestra Rehearsal 7 Sept

By Tim Hazell

Pro Musica’s 30-member Youth Chamber Orchestra has been busy rehearsing new additions to its repertoire, such as Mozart’s Symphony in D major, and preparing for its spring inauguration concert Sunday, February 4, at noon on the historic Bellas Artes main floor patio.

The 22-year-old Mozart was in Paris with his mother in the spring of 1778. Mozart’s mother was gravely ill and would die shortly after the premiere of his opus, known today as the Paris Symphony.

The composer envisioned his three-movement masterpiece to create a sensation on Paris’ most prestigious stage. The symphony is a brilliant negotiation with his listeners. The second Andante movement exists in two versions, after Legros complained that the first one was too cluttered. Mozart wrote his alternative version before the work was repeated on August 15.

Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont, Op. 84 introduces a sequence of nine pieces for soprano, male narrator, and full symphony orchestra to accompany the play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The opus premiered on June 15, 1810.

Its protagonist is a Flemish nobleman, Count of Egmont. During Spain’s occupation of the Netherlands in the 16th century, Egmont led the resistance to the persecution of Protestants. He was subsequently arrested and executed.

Egmont was composed during the period of the Napoleonic Wars. Beethoven had expressed his outrage over Napoleon Bonaparte’s decision to crown himself emperor in 1804. The composer articulated his political concerns through the sacrifice of a man condemned to death for having taken a stand against oppression.

The orchestra will perform the Music for Everyone series of 12 concerts on the first Sunday of each month for the remainder of 2018, joined by Guanajuato Symphony bassoonist and orchestra member Alan Monahan. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Bellas Artes organizers expect that these concerts will grow in popularity as they become a part of year-round musical offerings to the general public.

This special free spring concert on Sunday, February 4, from noon to 1:15pm, by the Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra is an event not to be missed. Come one, come all. Bring the family, and show your support!

 

Concert

Youth Chamber Orchestra presents:

Music For Everyone

Sun, Feb 4, 12-1:15pm

Bellas Artes

Hernández Macías 75

Free

 

 

 

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