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Continuing their sonic celebration of the genius of Mozart and his mellifluous music, special guest conductor Nathalie Stutzman and the National Symphony Orchestra welcome highly regarded Portuguese horn player Abel Pereira for a diverse showcase of the iconic composers masterworks, including his blood-pumping Overture to Don Giovanni and thrilling Horn Concerto No. 4 amongst other works.
The program kicks off with the fantastically dramatic opening strains of the famed 1787 Don Giovanni opera buffa, a standalone piece of music that serves to heighten the following score's contrasting moods of drama and comedy with a slow and sombre introduction, which later turns into a lively allegro section. Written just one year earlier, the horn concerto presents a devilish challenge to horn soloists thanks to its use of "stopped notes", a technique that involves the player inserting their right hand into the bell of the horn to elicit notes not normally available to the instrument in Mozart's time.
Overture to Don Giovanni
Symphony No. 25 in G minor
Horn Concerto No. 4
Symphony No. 40 in G minor
Opening night: 14 June 2019
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