The 19th Bellingham Festival of Music opens July 6 at an all-Mozart program opening with the overture to his penultimate opera Clemenza di Tito , followed by the Piano Concerto No. 21 with soloist Jeremy Denk who dazzled Festival audiences last season with his electrifying performance of the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 and closing with Mozart’s majestic final symphony, No. 41, “the Jupiter”.
Clemenza di Tito was actually the last opera that Mozart started. He had been most of the way through the Magic Flute when he received a commission to write an “opera seria” in the old Italian style to commemorate the coronation of Leopold II. It was the first of Mozart’s operas to be performed in London albeit 15 years after the composer’s death.
The Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major is known to many as the “Elvira Madigan” Concerto because of the use of the elegiac Andante in the 1967 Swedish movie. The concerto was composed in three weeks and premiered in 1785 with the composer as the soloist.
Mozart’s last symphony, No. 41 was described by Sir George Grove, founding editor of Grove Dictionary of music as the “greatest orchestral work of the world preceding the French Revolution.”
To provide some counterpoint to the deplorable cut in public school funding for music, the Festival is partnering with the Whatcom Symphony to support and expand the Beethoven in the Schools program which over the past decade has introduced classical music to thousands of elementary school students in Whatcom county.
The Festival will inaugurate this collaboration by sponsoring 10 days of classroom workshops, concerts and master classes in local schools by the award-winning brilliant young Calidore String Quartet, which includes Bellingham’s own Jeremy Berry.
See our Website for details and to see how you can help support these important projects!
Don’t miss our Annual Dinner Auction
April 27, 2012 5:30 pm
at Bellingham Country Club
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Vol. 2012, No.2
- Mozart wrote a quartette for soprano, two tenors and bass, “Caro mio Druck und Schluck” in 1789.
- “Clemenza di Tito” is Mozart’s only opera with a part specifically written for a castrato.
- It is not known whether the Symphony No. 41 was ever performed in the composers lifetime.
- Amadeus was not actually one of Mozart’s baptismal names. He was baptized Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. “Amadeus” is the Latin equivalent of “Theophilus”.