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Birthday Present to Mozart

Birthday Present to Mozart


The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra invites to celebrate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday (b. January 27, 1756). On January 28th the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall presents an orchestral music concert Dedicated to Mozart. Led by conductor Modestas Barkauskas the LCO appears with pianist Alessandro Deljavan.

“My concertos are a happy medium between what is too easy and too difficult; they are very brilliant, pleasing to the ear, natural, without being vapid. An expert will be delighted, and an amateur will also be pleased without understanding why…” wrote Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart about his concertos. Indeed, this magic spell and positive effect are the attributes of his almost entire output, which to this day captivates the most diverse audiences. His concertos attract by artistic panache, alternating moods, melodiousness and details polished to exquisiteness. In these opuses simple and sentimental content is filled with images of majestic heroism, merrymaking and escapades. His lyrical world is very diverse – from delicate gracefulness to stormy excitement. It was Mozart who refined the concerto form to the classicist perfection.

This programme will feature Mozart Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 22 in E flat major, KV 482, which starts with an energetic heroic opening theme. On occasion of Mozart’s birthday the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra opens the door into its treasury – in addition to the music by the Viennese classicist the LCO offers the opuses by Luigi Boccherini and Joseph Haydn. The concert will begin with Boccherini’s Symphony No 17 in A major, Op. 35 No 3, G. 511 brimming with optimism, rococo’s charm and energy, virtuosity and contrastive moods. After intermission the audience will be indulged with Haydn’s Symphony No 6 in D major, Hob. 1:6, which begins with a slow introduction that suggests a sunrise as the music seems to unfold from nothingness. This gives the work its nickname: Le matin.

The concert’s celebratory atmosphere will be heightened by the closing opus – Mozart’s Serenade for Strings in G major No 13, KV 525, more often called Eine kleine Nachtmusik. The composer wrote a number of serenades and divertimentos for guest receptions in parks and other open-space public events, also for concerts in homes of friends and patrons, as well as weddings and birthdays. This time the Serenade will be performed to celebrate the birthday of the composer himself.  

In Mozart’s Concerto No 22 the LCO will share the stage with Italian pianist Alessandro Deljavan who gives concerts around the globe (Europe, China, Columbia, Japan, South Korea, the USA). A winner of a number of competitions he has recorded more than 30 CDs. He has collaborated with various orchestras including Mariinsky Theatre (Sankt Petersburg), Milan Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra (Italy) and Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra (China).  “His playing is full of intensive power and contagious artistry” (Dmitri Bashkirov). Deljavan appears in documentaries: Liszt: The Pilgrimage Years and Virtuosity.

The gala programme will be conducted by a disciple of Prof. Juozas Domarkas Maestro Modestas Barkauskas, a conductor of younger generation always earning accolades from both audiences and critics.

The orchestral music concert Dedicated to Mozart will take place on Saturday 28 January at 19.00 at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall. Join us for the celebration!

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Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

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