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Summer Mozart Festival

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this spectacular Summer Festival of four delightful concerts!

This Festival brings to life the musical world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most loved of all composers. Enjoy a selection of his masterpieces, complemented by a variety of works composed by his friends, colleagues and rivals, with readings from Mozart's own letters.

A special highlight of this Festival will be the performance of three of Mozart's sublime piano concertos, nos. 17, 18 & 19, all composed in Vienna in 1784. Guest soloist is 16-year-old Shuan Hern Lee, one of Australia's most exciting young pianists and a semi-finalist in the ABC's 2018 Young Performers Award.

Works by Mozart's contemporaries include rarely heard music for a variety of instrumental combinations, by Haydn, J. C. Bach, Cambini, Wendling, Holzbauer, C. E. & F. H. Graf, and also Mozart's most devoted admirer, Schubert.

Artists include principal players from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, led by former concertmaster Margaret Blades (violin), and the Festival is directed by flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.

Concert One: "Mozart - Friends and Foe"
3pm Saturday 12 January 2019
Eileen Joyce Studio
University of Western Australia

The Festival commences in the delightful setting of the Eileen Joyce Studio, with a programme of duets & trios performed by Emily Gunson & Naoko Matsushita (flutes) with Louise McKay (cello).

This concert features works by musicians Mozart encountered during his travels across Europe, with sparkling trios by his London mentor Johann Christian Bach and Viennese friend Joseph Haydn, with two of the finest flute duets of the eighteenth century composed by his Mannheim friend, the flautist Johann Baptist Wendling (GUN 2). Also an elegant trio by Mozart's rival, the Paris-based Italian composer Giuseppe Cambini.

Concert Two: "Mozart and the Brothers Graf"
3pm Sunday 13 January 2019
Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

The Festival continues with rarely heard works by two musical brothers, first a lively chamber symphony by Christian Ernest Graf (1723-1804), who the eight-year-old Mozart met in The Hague in 1764, then a lyrical quartet for two flutes, viola and cello by Friedrich Hartmann Graf (1727-1795).

The concert concludes with Mozart's sublime Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major (K.453), composed in April 1784. All three concertos performed in this Festival (with piano soloist Shuan Hern Lee) feature prominent parts for the woodwind instruments, and there is a true chamber music quality in the interplay between the piano and the woodwind soloists.

Concert Three: "Mozart and Schubert"
3pm Sunday 20 January 2019
Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

This concert highlights the veneration held by Franz Schubert for his "immortal Mozart." Born in Vienna just five years after Mozart's death, Schubert grew up surrounded by Mozart's music, becoming one of his most passionate admirers. At the age of nineteen Schubert composed his exquisite Symphony no. 5 in B-flat major (D.485), returning to the "classical" instrumentation of strings with one flute and pairs of oboes, bassoons and French horns, in homage to his beloved Mozart.

The concert concludes with Mozart's magnificent Piano Concerto no. 18 in B-flat major (K.456), composed in September 1784.

Concert Four: "Happy Birthday, Mozart"
3pm Sunday 27 January 2019
Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

The Festival finale celebrates Mozart's birthday (27 January 1756), opening with his much loved Andante in C major (K.315), an enchanting gem for flute accompanied by strings, two oboes and two French horns, with soloist Emily Gunson. This is followed by an extraordinary Sextet in E-flat major for three woodwinds (flute, oboe, bassoon) and three strings (violin, viola, cello), composed by Ignaz Holzbauer (1711-1783), the Mannheim Kapellmeister who was greatly admired by Mozart.

The Festival concludes with Mozart's glorious Piano Concerto no. 19 in F major (K.459), composed in December 1784.


Emily Gunson - flute (1-4)
Naoko Matsushita - flute (1, 2)
Margaret Blades - violin (2, 3, 4)
Rebecca Glorie - violin (2, 3, 4)
Alex Brogan - viola (2, 3, 4)
Louise McKay - cello (1-4)
Elizabeth Browning - double bass (2, 3, 4)
Anna Rodger - oboe (2, 3, 4)
Jane Blanchard - oboe (2, 3)
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe (4)
Joanne Littlely - bassoon (2)
Kate Pitcher - bassoon (2)
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon (3, 4)
Melanie Starkey - bassoon (3, 4)
Robert Gladstones - French horn (2, 3, 4)
Catherine Gunson - French horn (2, 4)
Tahlia Denn - French horn (3)

Guest artist
Shuan Hern Lee - piano (2, 3, 4)

Subscription tickets to all 3 concerts $144, $124 concessions & seniors. Single tickets $38, $33 concessions & seniors.
Concert 1 - unreserved but limited seating. Concerts 2, 3 & 4 - reserved numbered seating.
Admission includes a programme and light refreshments. Booking is recommended. Door sales on the day unless sold out.

Enquiries & bookings phone 9574 1591.

Fan mail

"You have contributed wonderfully to our musical experiences and enjoyment over the years, and we pray that you will continue to do so. Looking forward to our January 2019 Mozart days with you once again!" Yvonne & Ted, from Shenton Park (Summer Mozart Festival, January 2019)