presented by the W. A. Mozarteum
Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this exciting Summer Festival of four delightful chamber music concerts!
This Festival brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a variety of his music, complemented by works composed by his friends, colleagues, and even his own son, with readings from Mozart’s own letters.
The four varied programmes feature music by Mozart ranging from lyrical divertimentos, an early quartet arrangement of “Don Giovanni,” and two sparkling symphonies composed by the teenaged genius, performed by the W. A. Mozarteum with Perth’s finest musicians. The highlight will be Mozart’s most loved piano concerto, no.23 in A major (K.488), performed by special guest artist, distinguished Russian concert pianist Irina Vasileva (Concert 4).
Works by Mozart’s contemporaries include rarely heard chamber music for a variety of instrumental combinations, by Franz Xaver Mozart, Cannabich, Danzi, Rosetti, Vanhal, Fröhlich and Wendling.
The Festival is directed by flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.
Emily Gunson - flute
Guest artist: Irina Vasileva - piano
Concert One: "Mozart - Talented Teen"
The Festival opens with an exciting concert featuring two brilliant symphonies by the teenaged Mozart, composed in 1772 and 1773 for the Salzburg court orchestra, scored for strings with pairs of flutes and French horns (no.21 in A major, K.134; and no.27 in G major, K.199).
Also on the programme are trios for flute and two French horns (op.11) composed by Mozart’s son Franz Xaver at age seventeen, and a sparkling quintet in F major for two flutes, violin, viola and cello by Christian Cannabich, director of the renowned Mannheim court orchestra.
Concert Two: "Mozart Soirée on the Hill"
The Festival continues with an intimate soirée at the award-winning Zig Zag Cultural Centre, with a programme of trios performed by Emily Gunson (flute), Rebecca Glorie (violin) and Louise McKay (cello).
This recital presents a rare performance of two of Mozart’s delightfully lyrical divertimentos (from K.App.229), originally composed for a trio of basset horns.
Also included are works by two of Mozart’s Mannheim friends – a quirky trio by the flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (GUN 8 no.4) and an Early-Romantic masterpiece by the cellist Franz Danzi (trio in E minor, op.71 no.2).
Concert Three: "Mozart and the Bohemians"
This concert explores Mozart’s interactions with Bohemian musicians across Europe, and features two splendid works for flute, two French horns and string trio by Rosetti and Vanhal. Also an early quartet arrangement of Mozart’s great opera “Don Giovanni” which received its premiere performance in Prague in 1787.
Artists are Robert Gladstones and Dorée Dixon (French horns), with Emily Gunson (flute), Rebecca Glorie (violin), Sally Boud (viola) and Louise McKay (cello).
Concert Four: "Mozart - Piano Magic"
The Festival concludes with a magnificent concert finale presented in the Theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre. This programme opens with a concerto for flute, strings and two French horns by Mozart’s friend Wendling, edited for performance by Dr. Emily Gunson (GUN 19). Also a newly rediscovered serenade for flute, clarinet, viola and cello by Joseph Fröhlich.
The highlight is Mozart’s best loved piano concerto, no.23 in A major (K.488), which features the unusual instrumentation of strings with one flute and pairs of clarinets, bassoons and French horns. The soloist is special guest artist Russian piano virtuoso Irina Vasileva.
Subscription tickets to all 4 concerts $140, concession and seniors $120.
Single tickets $37, concession and seniors $32.
Admission includes a programme and refreshments at interval. Numbered reserved seating, so booking is recommended. Door sales on the day unless sold out.
"Thank you so much for bringing such a highlight to Kalamunda. It was fabulous!" Roma, from Kalamunda (Concert, 5 February 2017)
"Wow, what a wonderful concert you gave yesterday afternoon! Not only world class standard, stunning, and SO well played… but must have knocked Kalamundans out of their socks! WELL DONE et Encore!!!" Roman, from Kalamunda (Concert, 5 February 2017)
"I had a wonderful afternoon at Kalamunda. I loved the whole concert, but my favourite movements were the last two in the (Frölich) Serenade in D major, and the (Mozart) Piano Concerto no. 23 in A major. When the Andante began, I went to another place - I just felt transported and lighter - and then the Presto for an amazing finale. Totally brilliant!" Jan, from Coodanup (Concert, 5 February 2017)