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Summer Mozart Festival

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 rivals, with readings from Mozart’s own letters.

The four varied programmes feature music by Mozart ranging from a lyrical divertimento, a sparkling flute concerto, an elegant sinfonia concertante, and some of the earliest compositions by the boy genius, performed by the W. A. Mozarteum with Perth’s finest musicians. The highlight will be Mozart’s final piano concerto, no.27 in B-flat major (K.595), performed by special guest artist, Russian concert pianist Irina Vasileva (Concert 4).

Works by Mozart’s contemporaries include rarely heard chamber music for a variety of instrumental combinations, by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), Carl Stamitz (1745-1801), Johann Baptist Wendling (1723-1797), Franz Xaver Süssmayer (1766-1803), Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) and Antonio Salieri (1750-1825).

The Festival is directed by flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.

Concert One: "Mozart & Friends"
3pm Sunday 21 January 2018
Zig Zag Cultural Centre
50 Railway Road, Kalamunda

The Festival commences at the award-winning Zig Zag Cultural Centre, with a programme of Classical trios for flute, violin and cello.

This concert features two dazzling divertimentos – one by Mozart (K.App.229), and one by his Vienna mentor Haydn (HOB IV, no.6). Also included are works by two of Mozart’s friends, members of the renowned Mannheim court orchestra – a quirky trio by the flautist Wendling (GUN 14 no.2) and a stylish gem by Carl Stamitz (op.14 no.1).


Emily Gunson - flute
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Eve Silver - cello

Concert Two: "The Art of Mozart"
7:30pm Wednesday 24 January 2018
Kalamunda Modern Art Gallery
10-12 Stirk Street, Kalamunda

The Festival continues with an intriguing new venture – a bold fusion of art and music – with an intimate soirée held at the Kalamunda Modern, a newly built gallery with an international focus.

The exhibition features paintings of Munich-based German expressionist artist Georg Dudek (b. 1943). Dudek’s colourful canvasses will offer a captivating counterpart to the brilliant compositions by Mozart.

The concert presents some of Mozart’s extraordinary earliest pieces (K.1-3, K.11, K.15), alongside music he experienced while visiting London as a child, by Handel and J. C. Bach, performed on authentic replica period instruments.

We are grateful for the support of gallery owners Roma Babuniak and Roman Antonuik, and we also acknowledge the generous assistance of Kalamunda MLA Mr Matthew Hughes.


Emily Gunson - traverso (baroque flute) & baroque recorder
John Hardy - spinet

Concert Three: "Happy Birthday, Mozart"
3pm Sunday 28 January 2018
Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This concert celebrates Mozart’s birthday with his two best loved compositions for solo flute, written under the influence of the Mannheim virtuoso flautist Wendling – the magnificent flute concerto in G major (K.313) and the lyrical andante in C major (K.315), with soloist Emily Gunson.

These works are complemented by two fascinating pieces – a delightful quintet in D major for oboe, flute, violin, viola and cello by Mozart’s friend and pupil Franz Xaver Süssmayer, and a lively “concertino da camera” by Mozart’s arch-rival Antonio Salieri.


Emily Gunson - flute
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Samuel Parry - oboe
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Dorée Dixon - French horn
Rebecca Glorie - violin
Pascale Whiting - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Concert Four: "Mozart - Piano Magic"
3pm Sunday 4 February 2018
Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

The Festival concludes with a magnificent concert finale presented in the Theatre of the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre. Following a sparkling quartet in C major for two flutes, viola and cello (op.19 no.1) by Mozart’s childhood friend and mentor J. C. Bach, there is a rare performance of the exquisite sinfonia concertante from serenade no.9 (K.320), featuring pairs of solo flutes, oboes and bassoons, with strings and two French horns.

The highlight will be Mozart’s piano concerto no.27 in B-flat major (K.595), composed in the last year of his life. With its light instrumentation of strings with one flute and pairs of oboes, bassoons and French horns, this much loved work combines graceful lyricism with sparkling brilliance, ensuring a perfect conclusion to the Festival. Soloist is special guest Russian piano virtuoso Irina Vasileva.


Emily Gunson - flute
Tresna Stampalia - flute
Elizabeth Chee - oboe
Kate Page - oboe
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Melanie Starkey - bassoon
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Dorée Dixon - French horn
Zak Rowntree - violin
Andrea Mendham - violin
Alex Brogan - viola
Eve Silver - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass
Guest artist Irina Vasileva - piano

Subscription tickets to all 4 concerts $144, $124 concessions & seniors.
Single tickets $38, $33 concessions & seniors.

Enquiries and bookings phone 9574 1591.

Fan mail

"Wonderful music and interesting historical detail." Wendy, from Darlington (Concert, 24 January 2018)

"I enjoyed the concert very much - I didn't want it to end!" Margaret, from Bibra Lake (Concert, 28 January 2018)

"The concert was stunning - I loved it!" Rosemary, from Subiaco (Concert, 4 February 2018)