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SYMPHORIA IN CONCERT

Join host Bruce Paulsen for this performance, broadcast on WCNY Classic FM.

Classic FM is available on 91.3 in Syracuse, 89.5 in Utica/Rome and 90.9 in Watertown, the North Country

 

Performed on January 27, 2018 at Crouse Hinds Concert Theater
Lawrence Loh conducting

Paul Hindemith
Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Performed on January 27, 2018 at Crouse Hinds Concert Theater
Lawrence Loh conducting, David Shifrin, clarinet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto, Clarinet, K.622, A major

Performed on January 27, 2018 at Crouse Hinds Concert Theater
Lawrence Loh conductingdavid

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.5, op.64, TH 29, E minor

PROGRAM NOTES

David Shifrin has probably played the 1791 Clarinet Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) five times as often as any other concerto—but, as he says, he’s “never disappointed” by a chance to play it again. And audiences, it seems, are never disappointed by a chance to hear it again: it remains one of the most beloved pieces by one of our two or three most popular orchestral composers. But what exactly is the piece that we love? The concerto, it turns out, has a complex history. The last major work that Mozart completed, it was one of a number of ...
David Shifrin has probably played the 1791 Clarinet Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) five times as often as any other concerto—but, as he says, he’s “never disappointed” by a chance to play it again. And audiences, it seems, are never disappointed by a chance to hear it again: it remains one of the most beloved pieces by one of our two or three most popular orchestral composers. But what exactly is the piece that we love? The concerto, it turns out, has a complex history. The last major work that Mozart completed, it was one of a number of late compositions inspired by the artistry of his friend (and gambling buddy), clarinetist Anton Stadler; and it was originally written for the basset clarinet, an instrument with an extra four semi-tones at the bottom of its register.

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