Mozart's Overture to the Marriage of Figaro Overture Rounds Out Program
Pasadena, CA -- On Friday, January 31, 2014, clarinetist David Nicholson, who has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its last two international tours, as well as with many other Southern California orchestras, joins the orchestra to perform the famous Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major. Mozart composed the concerto (his last completed instrumental work) for virtuoso Anton Stadler, whose playing captivated the composer. Its quicksilver technical passages, lovely melodic lines, and symbiotic interplay of the solo lines with the orchestra make this piece one of the finest in clarinet concerto repertoire, loved by audiences and performers alike. Nicholson (who studied with both Michele Zukovsky and Lorin Levee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) has previously performed this concerto with Santa Fe Pro Musica. He is active as a chamber music performer in Southern California, and recently performed in a world premier of a new work at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles.
Robert Schumann's Symphony #2, written at the height of Romanticism, is a richly expressive work of expansive proportions. Created as part of a process of healing following a nervous breakdown, the Symphony reflects both Schumann's struggles and the feeling of triumph at overcoming the despair that had gripped him for a year. Listeners may trace this journey in the brass fanfares that open the symphony softly, but blaze gloriously in the final movement to end the piece in a spirit of jubilation and of confidence restored.
The concert opens with Mozart's delightful and effervescent Overture to the Marriage of Figaro. It does not use any thematic material from the opera, but instead superbly establishes the mood and captures the essence of one of the most delightful and listenable operas in the repertoire.
The 2013-2014 concert series marks PCO's 30th year bringing fine classical music to the community. Concerts are free (donations are welcome at the door). Well-trained musicians provide a high-quality musical experience. First Church of the Nazarene is located at 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., one block west of Michillinda Ave. Parking is free and wheelchair accessible. Immediately following the concert, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the soloist and the other musicians at a reception (refreshments will be provided).
[Concerts are made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, LA County Arts Commission, Pasadena Community Foundation, and Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.]