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Mozart and Mahler

The Sarasota Orchestra will host three nights of Mozart and Mahler this January at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The guest conductor will be renown music director Steven Sloane. The audience will experience the complex score of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 featuring guest soloist Shai Wosner, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, which presents an untraditional approach to symphonic compositions.

The Conductor

Steven Sloane is an American-Israeli conductor whose experience extends internationally. Sloane was named the Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Malmö Opera for the 2018/2019 orchestral season. Sloane is the formal General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony, which would become one of Germany’s leading orchestra’s. He has obtained experience conducting some of Mahler’s renowned works like Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. In addition, Sloane has performed in opera houses such as the Royal Danish Opera and the Welsh National Opera. Sloane is also credited in establishing the International Conducting Academy Berlin to educate young musicians on classical performance while providing students with the opportunity to perform classical works.

Guest Conductor Steven Sloane

Guest Conductor Steven Sloane

Adversity

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 presents a positive overtone, providing listeners with otherworldly melodic tones. Mozart composed one of his most renowned works in 1785. In addition, Mozart held continuous performances and cared for his five-month-old daughter. The Piano Concerto opens with the Allegro maestoso which provides a placid tone that characterizes a lively theme throughout the performance. The Allegro maestoso is Mozart’s most challenging compositions because of technical showpieces that present a demanding skill base for even the most experienced pianist. The Andante is the focal point of the Piano Concerto and became popular during the 20th century with its feature in the artistically driven film Elvira Madigan and helps to captive the films rural setting. The Allegro vivace assai accelerates the tempo of the piece in the final movement of this concerto and offers a friendly competition between the soloist and orchestra. 

Renowned Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Renowned Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Conclusive

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 was criticized upon its unveiling in 1886. Therefore, Mahler reworked the piece to present symphonic overtures in 1889 and still experienced scrutiny from critics. Mahler’s first symphony failed in acquiring critical success until Leonardo Bernstine performed the piece in the 1960s. The piece obtained popularity from its unconventional thematical variations among instrumental sections. The pieces atypical third movement opens with a double bass solo and creates an ominous tone. The piece concludes with a triumphal burst of rhythmic melodies from the brass section, vanquishing the dismal theming of the third movement.   

Renowned Composer Gustav Mahler

Renowned Composer Gustav Mahler

For tickets and more information on this concert visit www.sarasotaorchestra.org.