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Summer Mozart Festival 2020

presented by the W. A. Mozarteum

Celebrate the magic of Mozart with this spectacular Summer Festival of five delightful 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 pupils, with readings from Mozart's own letters and other contemporary sources.

The five contrasting programmes feature music by Mozart ranging from a lyrical trio, a brilliant piano concerto, a magnificent symphony, and some of the earliest compositions by the boy genius, performed by the W. A. Mozarteum with Perth's finest musicians.

Mozart's musical legacy is explored, with a particular focus on two of his best known piano pupils: Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837), who lived in Mozart's home for two years from the age of seven; and Ludwig van Beethoven, who had some lessons as a teenager and was a lifelong admirer.

By popular demand, special guest piano soloist Shuan Hern Lee returns for three concerts in this Festival. One of Perth's most exciting and talented young musicians, Shuan Hern has performed to great acclaim across Australia and around the world, and last year he won the prestigious Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in Dallas, Texas, when still aged only sixteen.

The other special guest is soprano Emma Pettemerides, who recently appeared in the West Australian Opera's acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd."

Artists include principal players from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Festival is directed by flautist Dr. Emily Gunson, who has performed for the Mozart Gesellschaft Kurpfalz in Mannheim, Germany.

Concert One: "Mozart Soiree in the Hills"
7pm Thursday 9 January 2020
St Cuthbert's Anglican Church
Darlington Road (cnr Hillsden Road), Darlington

The Festival commences in the delightful setting of St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, Darlington. Performed on period instruments, this enchanting soiree brings to life the elegant music-making at the royal courts of Paris, London and The Hague, at the time of the Mozart family's early visits.

The programme includes two of Mozart's early violin sonatas composed at that time, G major, K.9 (1763) and C major, K.28 (1766), played by Helen Kruger (baroque violin) and John Hardy (spinet), alongside works by Handel and J. C. Bach, with Emily Gunson (traverso & baroque recorder).

Artists
Helen Kruger - baroque violin
Emily Gunson – traverso & baroque recorder
John Hardy - spinet

Concert Two: "Mozart and his Legacy - Part 1"
3pm Sunday 12 January 2020
Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This concert of chamber music explores Mozart's legacy, opening with a Trio in F major (K.376) by Mozart, arranged for piano, flute and cello by his contemporary J. G. H. Backofen (1768-1830), followed by Beethoven's youthful Trio in G major (piano, flute & bassoon), composed at the age of fifteen. Finally an early-Romantic trio by Hummel, his Adagio and Variations on a Russian Theme, op. 78 (piano, flute & cello).

Artists
Shuan Hern Lee - piano
Emily Gunson - flute
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Melinda Forsythe – cello

Concert Three: "Mozart and his Legacy - Part 2"
3pm Sunday 19 January 2020
Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
48 Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

Mozart's legacy is further explored through two larger scale works by Haydn and Beethoven. The highlight will be Beethoven's Piano Concerto in B-flat, op. 19. It is known as "no. 2," but it was actually written first, when Beethoven was just seventeen.

The concert also includes Haydn's splendid Symphony no. 88 in G major, and Mozart's sparkling Flute Concerto no. 2 in D major (K.314), with soloist Emily Gunson.

Artists
Emily Gunson - flute
Anna Rodger - oboe
Jane Blanchard - oboe
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Kate Pitcher - bassoon
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Doree Dixon - French horn
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kate Sullivan - violin
Katie McKay - viola
Melinda Forsythe - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Guest artist
Shuan Hern Lee - piano

Concert Four: "The Colours of Mozart"
3pm Saturday 25 January 2020
Callaway Auditorium
University of Western Australia

This concert is a tribute to the woodwind soloists of the Mannheim Court Orchestra, whose artistry changed Mozart's conception of the capabilities of these instruments. and inspired him to use the characteristic colours of the flute, oboe and bassoon in counterpoint with his favourite instrument, the soprano voice.

The programme features three arias for soprano with solo woodwinds: first, Susanna's aria "Deh vieni non tardar," from "The Marriage of Figaro" (K.492); then the exquisitely beautiful "Et incarnatus est," from Mass in C minor (K.427); and finally, the rarely heard gem, "Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner" (K.383).

The programme also includes a sextet in E-flat major for three woodwinds (flute, oboe, bassoon) and three strings (violin, viola, cello) by Ignaz Holzbauer (1711-1783), the Mannheim Kapellmeister greatly admired by Mozart; and a recently rediscovered masterpiece for string quartet and flute by Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792), known as "the Swedish Mozart."

Artists
Emily Gunson - flute
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kate Sullivan - violin
Katie McKay - viola
Melinda Forsythe - cello

Guest artist
Emma Pettemerides – soprano

Concert Five: "Happy Birthday, Mozart"
3pm Monday 27 January 2020
Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre Theatre
48 Canning Road (cnr Recreation Road)

Celebrate Mozart's exact birthday (27 January 1756), commencing with his best loved Symphony no. 40 in G minor (K.550), presented in its original scoring for strings with one flute and pairs of oboes, bassoons and French horns.

The Festival concludes with Mozart's brilliant Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major (K.453). This work features particularly prominent parts for the woodwind instruments, and there is a true chamber music quality in the interplay between the piano and the woodwind soloists.

Artists
Emily Gunson - flute
Stephanie Nicholls - oboe
Alexandra Allan - oboe
Adam Mikulicz - bassoon
Kate Pitcher - bassoon
Robert Gladstones - French horn
Doree Dixon - French horn
Zak Rowntree - violin
Kate Sullivan - violin
Katie McKay - viola
Benjamin Caddy - viola
Melinda Forsythe - cello
Elizabeth Browning - double bass

Guest artist
Shuan Hern Lee - piano

Admission
Subscription to all five concerts $180, $155 concessions & seniors.
Single concert tickets $39, $34 concessions & seniors.
Includes a programme & light refreshments.

Bookings & enquiries phone 9574 1591.