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PHILADELPHIA, PA, March 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Celebrating the most influential composer of the Classical Era, former Music Director of the London Mozart Players and the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra, Matthias Bamert, leads the Chamber Orchestra in three eminent works by Mozart, including the celebrated Symphony No. 40 in G minor - the most intensely expressive and powerful of all Mozart's symphonies. Maestro Bamert will be joined by Jeffrey Khaner, Principal Flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra for Flute Concerto No. 2 in D minor, which unbeknownst to many, is an arrangement of Mozart's Oboe Concerto in C major.
MARCH 23 AND 24 AT THE KIMMEL CENTER
A founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Orchestra's March 23 2:30 pm and March 24 7:30 pm concerts will be performed in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater. Tickets for Chamber Orchestra performances are $24 to $81. The Sunday matinee performance will be followed by "Classical Conversations," a brief question-and-answer session with Mr. Khaner, Mr. Bamert, and Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Peter H. Gistelinck.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 17 in G major, K. 129
Written when Mozart was only sixteen years old, Symphony No. 17 in G major, K. 129 is a thoroughly skillful piece of work from a developing musician. The three-movement symphony demonstrates Mozart's genius and how much he had learned in his young life thus far, and also possesses striking touches of invention and individuality. As early as the piece was written, the hunting-style finale shares its main theme with the first movement of Mozart's very last piano sonata, which he wrote seventeen years later.
Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314
Little known to most people, Mozart's well-known Flute Concerto No. 2 in D is actually an arrangement of his Oboe Concerto in C major. The discovery was made around 1920 in the archives of the Salzburg Mozarteum, where among a bundle of papers which had been gathering dust, the institution's director Bernhard Paumgartner found a set of 18th-century orchestral parts that proved to correspond with those of the Flute Concerto. The differences in the newly discovered material showed a rare piece of crucial evidence that the Flute Concerto was the arrangement. The piece remains a staple in the flute repertoire today.
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Mozart's celebrated Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 was never performed in his lifetime, and it is still unknown where and when the piece was first premiered. The lack of a documented premiere suggests a shift in emphasis from outward circumstance to inner creative impulse in the genesis of what is considered to be the most intensely expressive and powerful of all Mozart's symphonies.
Flutist Jeffrey Khaner is Principal Flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been holding the post since 1990. Prior, he was Principal Flute of the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Mostly Mozart Festival, Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, and Pittsburgh Symphony. A noted soloist and recitalist, Mr. Khaner has performed across the globe with prestigious orchestras, and collaborated with acclaimed conductors and pianists. He is also a faculty member of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, and has given masterclasses throughout four different continents. Mr. Khaner is a Yamaha performing artist and clinician.
Conductor Matthias Bamert recently finished a highly successful period as Music Director of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. His distinguished conducting career began at the Cleveland Orchestra where he was Resident Conductor alongside then Music Director Lorin Maazel. He has held Music Director positions with the Swiss Radio Orchestra and London Mozart Players, and has appeared regularly with distinguished orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, and the London Philharmonic. Also a prolific recording artist, Mr. Bamert has recorded over 80 discs and still continues to record extensively with Chandos Records.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts' Perelman Theater
Matthias Bamert, conductor | Jeffrey Khaner, Flute
Mozart | Symphony No. 17 in G major, K. 129
Mozart | Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314
Mozart | Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
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