Beethoven and Mozart

Paul Goodwin - Conductor

Choong-Jin Chang - Viola


Mozart - Symphony in D major, K. 320 (“Posthorn”)

Stamitz - Viola Concerto in G major


Beethoven - Overture, The Consecration of the House

Beethoven - Symphony No. 4

Friday, April 10, 2015

2:00 pm Verizon Hall

Our Beethoven cycle continues with his Symphony No. 4. Classically inspired, this witty and brilliant work shows the composer’s mastery of the symphony. Mozart’s Symphony in D major is drawn from movements of his “Posthorn” Serenade, which derived its title from a posthorn solo—a predecessor to the modern French horn. Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture, written for the opening of a theater in Vienna, was inspired by Beethoven’s studies of Bach and Handel and shows clears signs of their influence. Our principal viola, Choong-Jin Chang, is front and center for Carl Stamitz’s Concerto in D major. Chang says it’s a challenging piece, with many exposed passages demanding a pristine technique. He compares soloing with the Orchestra to performing for your own family: a lot of warmth and support, coupled with the pressure to be worthy. Not familiar with Stamitz, a prolific 18th-century composer of the Mannheim School? Chang advises, think Mozart and Haydn.

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Lio Kuokman, Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor

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