Mainly Mozart Festival, June 1st-24th, 2018

The Mainly Mozart Festival is celebrating its 30th Year as Southern California’s premiere classical music festival. This encore concert is emblematic of everything which makes Mainly Mozart great. The Festival Orchestra, composed of the best players in North America, is led by the charismatic Michael Francis and joined by celebrated cellist Johannes Moser.
FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA: Sunday, June 17 – 4:00 p.m, / Sponsored by Claude Kordus, DeAnn Cary, Joann Clark, and La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre
Ticket-holders are invited to attend the 30th Anniversary post-concert party with Festival Artists.
Michael Francis, conductor; Johannes Moser, cello
Stravinsky                           Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
Tchaikovsky                       Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (original version)
Mozart                                Symphony No. 35, in D Major, K. 385 Haffner
Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Mozart are a formidable triumvirate of composers which create the repertoire of the concert. They fit together across three centuries like pieces in a vast musical puzzle.
Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks) comes from his neoclassical period. This epoch in the great Russian’s life is characterized by him looking back to the classical period of Mozart and Haydn and bringing the essence of their craft into a 20th Century idiom.
Tchaikovsky might have been the biggest Mozart fanboy of all time when he proclaimed, “ Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music.” The Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 are inspired by Mozart’s style and are yet another indicator of how much Mozart influenced the emotionally overt Tchaikovsky.
Mozart’s Haffner Symphony was written, as we might assume, for the Haffner’s. The Haffner’s were a Salzburg family which was connected to Mozart via Sigmund Haffner the Elder. Sigmund has been mayor of Salzburg and assisted the Mozart’s in their early tours of Europe when Mozart was in his wonderkid period. After Sigmund’s death the families stayed in touch and what became the Haffner Symphony was commissioned for Sigmund the Younger’s ennoblement ceremony. The Haffner name remains on our tongues to this day because of their association with the genius of Mozart.
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