Merced Symphony ends 61st season
with amazing works, star flute soloist
April 11, 2019
Merced’s world-class symphony will
celebrate spring by pairing two brilliant symphonies from
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a beautiful piece from trail-blazing
female composer Cecil Chaminade, at the Merced Theatre on
Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Come enjoy this entrancing conclusion to
the Merced Symphony Association’s 61st Season.
The evening begins with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29
in A major. Completed in April 1774 towards the end of his
time in Salzburg, Mozart’s final symphony in A major
has been described as “stylish but restrained”
for its even melodies and dotted rhythms that whisk listeners
through four movements of pure attitude.
Next is Concertino written by Cecil Chaminade as an examination
piece for the Paris Conservatoire in 1902. Defined by sharp
instrumentals that evoke color and mood, Chaminade’s
pieces were well-received in the United States and foreshadow
the episodic storytelling style that Americans would embrace
later in the 20th Century.
The concert program comes full circle with Symphony No.
41 in C major written by Mozart in 1788 towards the end
of his life. Often considered a display of Mozart’s
incredible command of music theory, “Jupiter”
(as this piece became popularly known decades later) binds
lyrical movements with dramatic flourishes of trumpets and
drums as if witness to the dawn of the universe. Music historians
continue to debate whether Mozart ever heard these movements
performed in concert, but it is no mystery that this is
among the greatest symphonic pieces ever composed.
Joining the Symphony on the Merced Theatre stage will be
accomplished flute soloist Stephanie McNab.
Ms. McNab joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 2002.
She has received multiple honors and awards for her beautiful
lyrical style, including from the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
the Leni Fe Bland Foundation, and Rotary International.
“Magnificent Mozart” is sponsored by Richard
Graves, Arts UC Merced Presents, and by Dr. Roland Winston
in memory of his beloved wife, Pat. Special thanks to The
Greatest Valley apparel company for sponsoring dozens of
student attendees from Merced’s public high schools
and the area’s home school network.
The Merced Symphony Association credits Mr. Graves, Dr.
Winston, Arts UC Merced, The Greatest Valley, and all patrons
for their continued support of live symphonic music in Downtown
Tickets for “Magnificent Mozart” range from
$25-45 for adults and $10 for students with ID, and can
be purchased online at tickets.mercedtheatre.org or at the
Merced Theatre Box Office, 301 W Main Street. Box Office
hours are Tuesday-Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can
also be purchased at the door the evening of the concert.
All seats are reserved, so please purchase early for best
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